In 2015 a total of 2,022,870 Schengen Visas were worldwide filed at the German embassies and consulates. Of these, 1,872,322 applications were positively granted, while a number 150,618 applications have been refused. This results in a rejection rate of about 7.4%.
At the German Embassy and consulates in China a total of 362,132 applications were submitted for a Schengen Visa, 349,326 applications were granted positive and 12,806 applications rejected. This results in a rejection rate of about 3.7%.
In the previous year 2014, the rejection rate in China was 4.3% at 316,197 applications, of which 13,666 applications were rejected.
It would be misleading to draw conclusions due to the presented numbers that applications for visas always have a great chance of success.
For in fact, only the figures for Schengen Visas were considered. These allow only a stay of 90 days within 180 days and therefore no long-term stay. Legal basis for issuing is the Schengen Borders Code, a EU regulation, which displaces the national regulations in many parts.
However, it is more exciting to look at the figures for applying for and issuing of National Visa (“D Visa”). These are such visas that are granted for a longer than 90 days continuous stay. The National Visa is a requirement for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment, work, study, spouse or family reunion, etc.
The Federal Foreign Office announces on its website that a total of 207,894 National Visas were issued in 2014 and a total of 177,703 National Visas have been positively decided in the previous year 2013.
It would be interesting, however, to know how many National visa applications have been denied. This was among others the subject of a request to the federal government in 2015.
The federal government replied (Drucksache 18/4765), that in 2014 a number of 20,575 applications have been filed for a National Visa in China. Of these, 1,038 applications were rejected and 186 applications were withdrawn. This results in a rejection rate of 4.76%. At first glance this sounds positive.
Unfortunately, the federal government provides no information on the issue of the National Visa underlying purposes (studies, spouses, work, etc.). For instance, a spouse- or family reunification regularly turns out to have easier success than the entry for the purpose of becoming self-employed or employed.
Also, and this is regrettable, does not follow from the figures shown, the period during which the respective National Visa applications were completed by the diplomatic services.
If it is intended to settle down long time in Germany, it is highly advisable to access professional support.
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