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I need to apply for a German work visa. I found that the application process can take up to two months and that you need to submit your passport along with the application. Is this correct?

I live and work in Hong Kong on a valid work visa, and I am an Indian passport holder. Submitting my passport is a bit risky as I am in a foreign country and I may require it quite often. Is there another solution to this situation?

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    Can you get a second passport from your consulate? Regular or emergency? That should take care of things, should you need to travel urgently. That's what I do. – dda Dec 18 '17 at 4:20
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I contacted the German embassy and share my concerns. They gave me my passport back with a stamp of visa application submitted.So, I can keep my passport with me while they are processing my visa application. They will call me once visa confirmed at that time I need to submit visa just for stamping.

  • Hi matang, can you please share, what procedures did you do to apply for the work visa? I am in the same situation. Can you share any link that contains the application process? Actually, I couldn't find any form for that, did you apply for residency permit? Looking forward to hearing from you. – maxpayne Jun 26 '18 at 8:17
  • @maxpayne I just visited the German embassy and explained my situation. They gave me a checklist of documents required and said they can return my passport after validating and I need to submit it once my visa is approved only for a couple of days for stamping You can check HK German embassy for more information. You need to book appointment for a visit that is also available online here – matang Jun 28 '18 at 16:53

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