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Can anyone please share insights on Schengen tourist visa to Germany from the US? Specifically looking for 1. how long it’ll take to approve and get the visa and 2. do you need an invitation letter?

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Yeah, that was in NYC.

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Not sure about germany but french schengen visa was very easy and it was approved on the spot with 2-3 days for passport to be mailed back. No invitation letter but took bank statements, return ticket and hotel reservation for the interview

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Not really, can enter anywhere in the Schengen zone. On the other hand, I will admit that it does require you to make flight and hotel bookings for Spain for the application, which you then will have to cancel once you have the visa... if you have time in hand there's no need to do all this, it's a useful trick if you're short on time and unable to get a timely appointment at the German consulate.

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That’s neat, thanks TC1 :)

No invite needed. Typically takes a few days to process, so I've tended to get Spanish schengen visas even when going to Germany - they give you the visa in about 45 minutes :)

True but don’t you have to land in Spain and get a stamp from Spain? @SM1

^ during the holiday season those available slots fill up real quick.

Got it! Very helpful and much appreciated SM1!

You’d mentioned 45 minutes - is that in NYC where you can collect it immediately after the interview? I’m applying in Chicago.

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