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Is visa required to travel to EU countries with a Green Card

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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Green Card has anything to do with Visa requirements for Germany, it's the citizenship that counts.

Here's a list of who needs a visa:

http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/en/Wi...sumpflicht.html

Here's a link to general visa requirements for Germany: http://www.germanembassy.org.au/en/welcome/visa/index.html

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Excellent question. I was just wondering that myself. I could have sworn (but don't count on this...I have to find the email first) that I emailed the Germany Embassy and they said that if the person had a I551 stamp or or permanent residency card in the US, that they did not reqire a visa. I was sent a PDF of some inter office memo, and now if I could just find it......

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Each country has its own requirements. If you hold an Indian passport then yes, you will need a visa. It does not matter if you hold a green card; your citizenship if it is that of a country which normally requires a visa then you will need it.

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The simple answer to your question: the visa/status of a non-US-citizen makes absolutely no difference to EU or UK visa requirements. If you needed a visa to visit from your own country of citizenship (prior to your ever coming to US), then you will need one when you have a GC.

(admittedly, I'm speaking from a somewhat "privileged" position of not needing a visa--due to having Canadian passport--since 1982).

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Yes, visa is required. Fee of $45 and $15 for mailing of the passport back to the applicant.

Unfortunately, if you have never applied for a German visa before, you have to show up in person to hand in all relevant documentation. (<vent>that is silly! They only have 9 consulates and they except you to fly to one of those 9 cities? </vent.)

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Tourist visit to Germany

Visa needed?

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days. Please check our visa requirement list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

Required Documents

- fully completed application form (only German and English versions accepted) and required declaration

- two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)

- valid national passport and one copy

- original of valid US alien registration card or valid US resident visa (type A, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, O, R) and one copy

- your current bank statement (I don't have a bank account / My friends in Germany pay for my visit) and one copy

- confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage with a minimum of 37.500.- US-$ for trips outside the US (Why do I need health insurance?) and one copy

- reference letter from your employer (I'm self-employed and run my own business)

- proof of group travel/hotel reservation/airline reservation and one copy

- visa fees

http://www.germany.info/relaunch/info/cons...sa/tourist.html

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Thanks all,

Submitted my passport for the IRISh visa, Then Germany, i am not sure if Ireland is part of the EU, since I am flying from Dublin to Ireland then back home to California.

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Ireland is part of the EU, in fact they belong also to the Euro-using-zone. If you get a visa for Ireland and enter the EU through Ireland you won't need a visa for Germany (read about Schengen and EU border protection).

I don't think it's silly that people have to apply personally for a visa since with that visa people can travel to every country within the EU freely, so if Germany issues somebody a visa and this person is bad and harms another EU country it's bad publicity. Like I don't want to be responsible that my country issued a visa for a real bad person and then turns out to be a terrorist.

Apart from that, didn't we all had to travel to American Consulates in our homecountries??? ;) Nobody complains about that!

BTW read about the German equivalent of AOS, and you will find out, it is much easier....

Anna

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Thanks all,

Submitted my passport for the IRISh visa, Then Germany, i am not sure if Ireland is part of the EU, since I am flying from Dublin to Ireland then back home to California.

I guess you must still be a little sleepy--last I checked, Dublin is THE CAPITOL OF Ireland.

Or maybe you meant either "Dublin to Germany" or "BERlin to Ireland"?

For Anna C: I have not yet seen any country with immigration procedures (in the 2 years prior to my getting GC, I'd told more than one doc's office to just write "sky-high" for the BP reading as I felt that would be accurate enough) as complex and outdated as those of US.

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Submitted my passport for the IRISh visa, Then Germany, i am not sure if Ireland is part of the EU, since I am flying from Dublin to Ireland then back home to California.

I guess you must still be a little sleepy--last I checked, Dublin is THE CAPITOL OF Ireland.

Or maybe you meant either "Dublin to Germany" or "BERlin to Ireland"?

-- I assumed they will enter the EU in Dublin and then have a connection flight to Berlin/Munich/wherever (probably RyanAir ;) )....

For Anna C: I have not yet seen any country with immigration procedures (in the 2 years prior to my getting GC, I'd told more than one doc's office to just write "sky-high" for the BP reading as I felt that would be accurate enough) as complex and outdated as those of US.

:D Agreed! I remember my medical... White coat effect?! Somehow my BP was higher than ever, and I just had a physical today and it was below 100 values now..... ;) I just happen to know some facts about the German immigration since a friend has an Algerian husband. And I did some research how to get hubbie a German passport.....

Edited by Anna C.

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I know USC don't need a visa to travel to EU countries as long as they are staying for less than 90 days. What about green card holder? do i need a visa to travel to Germany?

Go to Switzerland with green card and any passport.

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