German Immigration Law: How to challange the decisions of the German Embassy (Remonstration)

If your application for a German residence title like the Visa has been rejected, there are two possibilities to challenge the decision:

A.) Remonstration

You can remonstrate (file a “Remonstration”) against the decision of the German Embassy.

The Remonstration is an informal appeal where additional information may be presented to the embassy in order to challenge its decision.

The Remonstration has to contain the following information regarding the identity of the person remonstrating:

– name, first name, date and place of birth and number of the passport.

– date of the rejection.

– the address of the person remonstrating, street name, apartment no., postal code, country, etc.

– if possible: fax number and/or email address.

– signature of the person remonstrating, authority (“ power of attorney”) if a third person is remonstrating.

Furthermore the Remonstration should contain the following:

– an extensive statement why the embassy should abolish its decision.

– an extensive statement about the reasons why the persons wants to visit Germany.

– documents supporting these arguments.

Please note that it is necessary to have comprehensive knowledge about German Immigration Law in order to write the Remonstration, if you want it to be successful.

B.) Administrative Court

If the Remonstration is not successful, the decision can be appealed to at the administrative court in Berlin.

Overview of German residence titles for third country nationals (non EU members):

German_Residence_Titles

German lawyers giving legal advice on German Immigration Law

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36 Comments

  1. Hari Krishna

    Hi,

    I would like to know how much time does the appeal(remonstrate) process against the decision of the German Embassy will take for schengan tourist visa?

    • Ayman

      I would like to know how much time does the appeal(remonstrate) process against the decision of the German Embassy will take for schengan tourist visa

      • helmer

        That depends on the embassy and the person processing the appeal. It can take from 2 weeks up to 3 month, sometimes even more.

  2. Ken

    Hi,
    I would like to know the easiest way of delivering your Appeal letter to the German embassy.
    Thank you.

    • arun

      send a letter to german embassy

      • Beatrice Nekesa

        Hi, on the same issue,do I have to scan all the additional documents for the appeal letter and attach them to the email am supposed to send to the Embassy? Thanks in advance.

  3. Sudha

    In my reply letter from consulate, they have told that my application is sent for federal police germany and after a reply is got they will contact me. What is it?

  4. Please help, I applied for schengen visa on 18-03-14 and my application was rufused, kindly help me to write a remonsrance letter asmple of the same can bring light into my mind.

    The application was refused and the basis that I’ve not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the intended stay.

    I stongly feel that am able to finance my trip I have been there before and I retuned on time.

    • mihret

      I appilied on 18/3/2014 for spouce visa in ethiopia my husband lived in germany he have citzen but her in ethiopia germany embassy they reject me they have dout in my merige even my husband he took lawyer in germany same thing they refuse me again what can i do please help me.

  5. Medo

    Please help, I applied for temporary study visa on 27/03/14 and my application was refused, kindly help me to write a remuneration letter

    1/The application was refused and the basis that I’ve not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the intended stay.
    2/ and and the information that i submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable

    I strongly feel that am able to finance my trip I have been there before and I returned on time.

    • sufficient kiconco

      I NEED TO WRITE A REMONSTRATION LETTER AS I APPLIED FOR A VISA ON THE 25TH OF JUNE TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ON INTERNATIONAL CLEANING METHODS & systems for 4 days.

    • bewin

      I am also having the same problem. could you help

  6. Jenalyn canas

    Hi sir/madam

    I apply for visiting visa in Germany and it was refused .. What is the easiest way that I need to do… Can I re apply or re schedule an interview again if ever I will not make a remonstration letter? Kindly help me…

    Thank u!!!

  7. akangbe muslim adigun

    i applied for schengen visa type visiting porpose,and they refused m for reason of the information submiteted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the tntended stay was not reliable

  8. German Consulate in Dubai is the worst consulate i have ever seen.. Seeking a tourist visa I had a racist and repelling encounter from the German Consulate in Dubai..They are treating middle class third country citizens like a shit. They refused our visa twice just for 4 days visa even after submitting all the documents required by their policy while other middle east citizens are collecting their visa for the whole family for 15 and 20 people together without any problem but for us its a night mare and they don’t give a damn even if all the documents are perfect. our first refusal letter states (You have not provided proof of sufficient means of subsistence) as the reason for our visa refusal as we have submitted only salary pre pay account statement and they requested for personal account. Then we opened a personal bank account and applied again showing more than 5500 Euro as total but this time they refused it showing 2 reasons.Ohh C’mon how is that possible when the documents we have submitted are the same documents we submitted in the first application and it was only one reason in the first refusal letter (Sufficient funds) and now after including extra documents to prove sufficient funds like credit card and debit card and other documents with it now you are showing 2 reasons.. It is so disappointing and sad to know how middle class third country citizens like us are treated in the consulate in dubai.

    • brenner

      5500 is not enough for the whole 3 months (90 days) schengen visa if you are curious they need you to have 45 euros for ever day if you already have someone to stay with and 100 euros if you will book a hotel and stay there. i am guessing you intended to book a hotel? and got denied….
      ps… TRY Applying to only 50 days schengen visa…. after you get issued the visa will state you can not exceed 90 days… this ussually works if you get refused in the basis of inssufficient funds

  9. Mugweru Alice

    Pls help I was denied the visa to visit and tour Germany with my children reason being No.2)justification of intended stay,to it dint make sense since I had my leave letter,letters from my children school,invites,my bank statements,apartment letters that I had booked and still got denied despite being there several times and come back on time.To be honest I dint see it coming since the previous in views were smooth.nothing has changed the same documents I used before are the same I used only that before I travel with 1childband this time wanted with all 3children.so would like what went wrong and how do I write a remonstrance letter and be served fast since time Is a factor here cause of schools open in January.
    I really wanted my kids to experience winter

  10. Elena

    Please desk officers be nice to us applicants , you are humans as we are. Don’t bark us like mongrels and treat us like nomads, you are so rude, arrogant and talk to us in a very condescending tone. You are also once an applicant, didn’t it hit you how it feels to be kick in the butt in a very biased way! stop acting like God. You are just human who happens to inspect documents, don’t be so confident. It is an additional disgrace after Hitler’s lose!

  11. Please am on my knells begging,am dieng in silence & want this mesage to serve as a S.O.S to you to help me out,it has to do with my life & my Legally married wife in Germany,we both cry everyday for not seeing ourselfs.
    She came to me in Nigeria for our Court Marriage successfully Done,All pictures with my Familys included & later visited me in Nigeria after the Marriage for my Churchs Annivasary of wish i did same to her as well in Bielefeld Germany several times,
    is there any excuse to say no to my coming to her,even for a short stay as far as it is confirmed that am a frequent traveller?
    At least i had 2 expired visa on my passport.pls help me out…Ademola
    At least i have 2 expired visa already that needs a renewal

  12. Ruchi

    Can anyone please tell me where should I send the remonstrance letter and all other documents? Email or postal address if anyone knows… It’s urgent..

    • Can anyone please tell me where should I send the remonstrance letter and all other documents? Email or postal address if anyone knows… It’s urgent..

  13. Ubaid Ullah

    Dear Respected Sir/Madam,

    how we will appeal against business visa refusal from germany embassy in pakistan.
    how much time it takes please give me detail.

    • helmer

      It can take 2 weeks up to 3 months. It depoends on many cirumstances.

  14. Munir

    Hi any one can advice me that in which email I will my Remonstrate letter in German Embassy, Dubai?
    I was rejected 2 several times within a month. So I want appeal. Please help me.

    Thanks in advance

    Munir
    Dubai – UAE

  15. Munir

    Hi any one can advice me that in which email I will send my Remonstrate letter in German Embassy, Dubai?
    I was rejected 2 several times within a month. So I want appeal. Please help me.
    Thanks in advance
    Munir
    Dubai – UAE

  16. Beth

    I’m Asian, I have a master’s (MBA) from the UK, came here to Berlin, on Jobseeker Visa in January this year.
    Early July I submitted a freelance visa application. Mid Sept I submitted a work visa application (for part time restaurant work) and it was rejected. 2 weeks ago I received news that both are rejected, due to my high academic qualification.

    How likely is it to win this appeal at court?
    Is there any other ways for me to unofficially appeal, to Senate? Can I come to Senate by myself, without a lawyer?
    Thank you.

  17. Sarah

    My application to get married in Germany was rejected because they thought me and my fiance had different marriage plans. What can we do? what should we say in our remonstration letter? would it help us if we get married in another country and ask for a reunion visa or would they reject us again?
    Thanks

  18. Luyanda Lui

    Hi
    I would like to know where can I submit my Remonstration letter, it is my first. My application for a schengen visa was refused and I could understand the reason for the decision however I have more documents to support my application, available on request.

    I have hope that the decision would change provided I submit my honesty on the due course of action the embassy may wish for me to adhere to.

    Kind regards
    L.G Mabidisa

    • TAOFEEK

      Taofeek
      Pls help I was denied the visa to visit and tour Germany with my children reason being

      1. their intention to travel outside the territory of Member States before the expiration of the visa could not be found.

      2. the information presented about the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable

      3. they have not adduced evidence that they oderfur about sufficient means to pay for livelihood for the duration of the intended stay or for the return to their origin- the durchreise grouting in a third State where their admission is ensured , or they are not in the situation , the issue of this medium rechmabig.

      these reasons made sense since I had my leave letter,letters from my child school,my bank statement and a letter from my cooperative society at work disclosing my savings, hotel confirmation that I had booked and still got denied despite being there last year alone and come back on time.To be honest I dint see it coming since the previous in views were smooth.nothing has changed the same documents I used before are the same I used only that this time wanted with all 2 children.so would like what went wrong and how do I write a remonstrance letter and be served fast since time Is a factor here because we intended to travel in July, 2016.

      Best regards.

      Taofeek

      Nigeria

  19. adoil

    good morning,

    im asian and I applied for a visit visa but saddned to receive a refused visa result. I have to file a remonstrance and I need my relative support my letterletter, can you help us what should be the content of the german language from relative. thank you. very in need asap.

  20. Enoch

    Hi. I’m writing from Trinidad and Tobago, Originally from Ghana but reside in Trinidad. Please I need an urgent help about my visa application which was refused by German embassy on 09/11/2016. I had all my documents which was need for my interview. Everything was ok on my interview but the interviewer was resquesting further document, which was my spouse to show up with in the embassy, they had an interview with her with which they asked her if we living together, she said we separate and they ask her if the pregnant is my she said no.

    • Enoch

      When I went for my visa refusal, it was marked
      8: the information submitted regarding the justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was no reliable.
      9: your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained.
      Please what can I do about this as I need a transit to stop in Germany for shopping before I go to Ghana. Do I need to write a remonstrance by my self or do I need a lawyer to grant for me. Please I hope to hear from you about my situation now.
      Thank you

  21. prosper

    Please be informed you have to address your remonstration letter to the Head of Visa section, the German consul of your country of residence if it’s a paper application. But if you choose to send it by email, all you need to do is to visit the embassy website responsible for your country, click, “contact the visa section or consular section”.
    Before submitting an appeal make sure you take out enough time to work on improving the areas which they gave as reason(s) for visa refusal. Example, if their reason states “their intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained”. This means the embassy drew their conclusion on the following point noted from your documents or during your interview.
    The Embassy has to work out a return prediction. The documents you have submitted or your other information were not sufficient to predict a positive result as far as your intended trip is concerned.
    1) The family ties to (spouse, minor children, guardian-unions etc.)
    2) The professional binding (existence of a fixed employment relationship)
    3) The economic bond (regular income from rents or real estate assets)
    4) The employment relationship has not been established / confirmed
    5) Proper use of Schengen-Visa in the past
    6) Changes in the personal situation since the granting of the last Schengen-Visa
    For some time now the visa officers do not have the sole right to make recommendation to issue a visa, they are only allowed to make comments. After your interview, your documents (4 units) are moved from unit to the other and once it gets to HEAD OF DOCUMENTS (4 German staffs are in this role), they write the HEAD OF VISA SECTION asking him to issue you a visa. Unfortunately, a very large percentage of applicants who are refused visa do not get to HEAD OF DOCUMENT table. They are often turned down within section 1-3 of the embassy.
    Some of the ways to have a favorable appeal if the earlier mentioned is the reason you were denied includes but not limited to the following.
    a) Adequate evidence that you will return to your country. This could be in form of marriage, ongoing business that has good prospect, ongoing contracts, academic program with evidence of payment of fees, visible family ties and other responsibilities.
    b) Evidence of earnings which includes a good salary, rents, proof of landed properties, certificate of evaluation of properties from licensed Estate surveyors and valuers stating the worth of the property in question.
    c) Present a good account statement with good flow and maintaining a good account balance considering your purpose of visit. When appealing it’s very important to inform the embassy about you’re the current changes in your financial status
    d) Present appeal support letters from your business partners or relatives and friends inviting you addressed to the Head of Visa section. This must include proof of accommodation, Guarantor’s letter stating that they would be responsible for the cost of your repatriations if possible
    e) You must show to the embassy proofs that you do not intend to be an illegal immigrant and that you are comfortable in your home country. Remember to attach documents showing that you are indeed comfortable. Please do not look so desperate or as if you are begging for visa in your appeal letter.
    Many of the appeal letters do not get to the HEAD OF DOCUMENTS. They embassy receives so many emails and some of them are declared “lack of merit on arrival” and as such they terminate it without forwarding it to the next unit. You have 95% chance of getting a visa if your documents get to the head of documents.

  22. Kathy

    I got a refusal of visa yesterday March 3 from the German embassy. „your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained“.I dont have work here but I have a son. Isn’t enough reasons that I will come back for my son? Or because I didn’t include the birth certificate of my son? I’m confused…
    Pls I need your advice

  23. Ishu

    Hi.. I am from India , German ambassy dinied my student visa on 23/08/17,that rejection letter arrived to me on 25/08/17 , now what can I do ? Can I allowed to apply remonstrate ? I get admission in German universitie and the midium of language course is English , and my academics is average . So pls help me , how can I get my visa ?
    Thank you

  24. Jubie

    I applied a visit visa in germany but i was denied due to reson number 9 (your intention to leave the territory of the member states before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained. I admit i dont have work, or a business ,etc , i cannot give them a proof that i will be back to , but for me, before the end 90 days of stay, i will coming back because i plan to study a german course, because next year i will apply a fiancee visa. But now i plan to make a remonstration letter, but still i dont have a documents to show for my rootedness.

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