Learn the step-by-step remonstration procedures on how to appeal a denied or rejected Schengen visa application at the German embassy and get your visa approved.


Sample Schengen Visa Rejection Letter


So you applied for a German Schengen visa, your application was denied and you don’t agree with the decision? You think it’s unfair and you truly just wanted to travel to Germany?

Based from my Schengen Visa rejection article, it seems like a lot of you guys didn’t know that you can appeal against the decision to deny you a Schengen visa.

Yes, you can actually appeal and successfully get a Schengen visa approval if you do it correctly. The following remonstration procedure applies to the German embassy. It is usually the same for the other embassies too so take notes. If you want me to write about the other embassies, let me know in the comments.


In this series:
Schengen Visa Rejection Horror Stories
How to Appeal a Schengen Visa Refusal and get your visa approved
How to Write an Appeal for Schengen Visa Refusal that works
Sample Appeal Letter for Schengen Visa Refusal


How to Appeal A Rejected Schengen Visa at the German embassy

There’s only one way to appeal a rejected German Schengen Visa and that is by writing an appeal letter addressed to the German embassy.

Here are 4 things you need to know before writing your appeal letter:

1. The appeal can only filed by you, a legal representative (a lawyer for example) or a person authorized by you in writing (a family member for example). I think it’s best to lodge the appeal personally without the help of others to show the embassy that you are serious about your visa application. It is quite easy to do it. I will show you how below.

Should you choose to ask the help of a lawyer or another person for help to lodge it for you then you will need to write and include a signed Letter of Authorization which they need to be able to submit your appeal. You don’t need a travel agency to help you with your appeal but they can help you write an appeal letter or organize your supporting documents for the appeal.

2. You can only appeal within one month of getting the Schengen visa rejection. There’s a different timeline for other kinds of German visa. This one-month deadline ONLY applies to tourist or Schengen visa. I suggest you apply as soon as possible specially if you’re traveling soon.

3. It is FREE to appeal. There are no fees involved in submitting a Schengen visa remonstration at the German embassy in Manila.

4. You can write your appeal letter in English or German. Unless you’re very fluent in German (which I highly doubt), then write in English. There are a few guidelines for writing the appeal letter. You can check them here for the most updated info.


How to Submit an Appeal for Schengen Visa Refusal

You can submit your appeal by courier service, post, fax, email or personally at the embassy. I suggest submitting it via email because it’s faster and much easier. You can do it without leaving your house. And who owns a fax these days?!?

Submit by email:
Email the German embassy at visa@mani.diplo.de with the subject line: Remonstration for Full Name. We used a more urgent one for my sister since she was flying in less than 2 weeks. Her subject line was URGENT: Remonstration for Full Name – Flight: June 25, 2016. We used this so they know that this was a rush appeal. And it worked! They called her in less than 48 hours to approve her visa.

Remember that they need an appeal letter signed by hand. So you MUST print your appeal letter, sign it and either take a picture or scan it. We took a picture. And created a PDF of each supporting document. So here’s how you can email:

Email to: visa@mani.diplo.de
Subject: Remonstration for Full Name or URGENT: Remonstration for Full Name – Flight: Departure date

In the email she wrote:

Good day! I am writing to remonstrate against the rejection of my visa. Please see in the attachments my signed appeal letter and supporting documents. Hoping for your quick response as I am planning to join my parents on a family trip to visit my brother on June 25, 2016.

Thank you for your consideration.

Full Name
Mobile Number

If you want to appeal personally by going to the embassy, by fax or by courier here are the details:

Submit by courier service or by post:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Visa section
25/F Tower 2, RCBC Plaza,
6819 Ayala Avenue,
Makati City 1200

Submit in person:
Go the German embassy from Monday to Thursday between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. No appointment required.

Submit by fax (really?! LOL):
Fax to (632) 7023015 or 702 3045


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How long do I have to wait for results of my appeal?

Appeal for Schengen visa refusal takes several weeks. They used to say it’s around 4-6 weeks but now they only say “several weeks”. So expect to wait long unless you did the trick we did where we sent and email with an URGENT subject to it and telling them that my sister was planning to fly to Europe in less than two weeks.

She emailed them on Monday and they called her on Wednesday afternoon. It was that fast. I suggest you include your phone number in the email so they can call you.

Some people waited for 1 or 2 months. I waited for 5 weeks on my appeal before but that was because I have the luxury of time. I applied 3 months before my planned departure so I had enough time to wait for the results of my appeal.

After she got the call, she waited 3 more days before her visa was available for pick up. Once your visa is approved, you can personally pick up your visa at the embassy. I think it is also possible to send it by courier but if you’re in a rush then obviously it’s best to go there yourself.

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What if my appeal is rejected? What can I do?

If your appeal is rejected, you will also get a letter about your rejection. I’m sorry in advance if this happens to you. What you can do is apply again with more complete documents and better proof to support your application. You can apply as soon as you get rejected. There is no time limit or waiting time to apply again.


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26 Responses to “How to Appeal a German Schengen Visa Refusal and Get Your Visa Approved” Subscribe

  1. Alvin Varghese John October 24, 2017 at 6:05 PM #

    My student application got rejected by the embassy in India. I appealed and it’s been more than a month and I haven’t got any response from them. Can I apply again now or will have to wait till I get a response for the appeal.

    • DJ Yabis November 3, 2017 at 2:46 AM #

      You can cancel your appeal and apply again if you want

  2. Biotechnology student October 2, 2017 at 3:01 PM #

    Hi friends,
    I have just informed that my student visa for my Ph.D. has been denied by the German embassy in Iran. It was so surprising to me as I have awarded a full scholarship from Iran side and the Institute in Germany that I am going is the best. I have not received the rejection letter yet, they have posted to me, but I did not receive it. So, today I was in the embassy and I have heard this bad news personally. They will let me have the letter soon. The only reason for my visa rejection was the expired date for starting my Ph.D. addressed in my invitation letter. I have got a new invitation letter harboring new date for start, but they did not ask me to deliver it and rejected my visa. so I think the invitation is not the only reason. for writing the remonstration letter I will need your help. Would it be possible to help me to write a remonstration letter?

    • DJ Yabis October 2, 2017 at 3:29 PM #

      Sorry to hear that. I sent you an email.

  3. Licious August 26, 2017 at 8:09 PM #

    Hello Dj,

    Thank u for ur advice here. My Schengen visa was rejected last week Tuesday here in Africa but I appealed the next day and was called in less than 24 hours as they had reconsidered and gave me a visa.I’m so happy ??????

    • DJ Yabis August 27, 2017 at 11:54 PM #

      That’s great to here. enjoy your trip!

  4. Poks August 26, 2017 at 11:25 AM #

    My student visa application has been denied, is it advisable to submit new documents to support my appeal letter?

  5. Olayoriju Olakunle Daniel March 19, 2017 at 7:46 PM #

    Thanks so much for you advice, but I’m in my country and I apply in my country, so where do I send the appeal letter to, German ambassy in my country where I apply or to the embassy in Germany direct?

    • DJ Yabis March 20, 2017 at 1:10 AM #

      German embassy in your country. Check their website for procedure.

  6. Tanjila March 5, 2017 at 5:41 PM #

    Thank you so much for your suggestions. I was inspired by your article and wrote a remonstrate letter and got a positive result within 3 day.. Thank you.

  7. Muhsin Atto November 23, 2016 at 10:57 PM #

    Thank you very much for your help for proving these information about how appeal the Visa rejection decision.

    My little son Visa application was rejected recently due to some unexpected points, such as insufficient money to support our self and dates of our flights, please.

    What I wanted to ask you please, can I appeal the decision
    and proving them what they need or I have to re apply for the Visa again, please. Which way is the fast, please. Any details about this is appreciated.

    Muhsin Atto

    • DJ Yabis November 24, 2016 at 7:16 PM #

      I think you should appeal.

      • Muhsin Atto November 26, 2016 at 11:11 PM #

        Dear DJ Yabias,

        Thank you very much for your reply.

        Yes, I want to appeal, but my question was can I appeal
        and then send them new supporting documents (different from the previous documents). For example, new bank statements (having more money than before) and new invitation letter as they said you have had insufficient funds and the intended stay was not reliable.

        I have heard from somewhere that you can NOT add more support documents when you appeal the decision. You can send me your advices to my email, please.


        • DJ Yabis November 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM #

          Yes you should add more documents to your appeal to make your case stronger

  8. Margaret De Luna Mones October 13, 2016 at 8:06 PM #

    Hello…my fiancé is German and I’m wondering what should and must need as a documents to bring with me to apply for my visa since his mother would be the one to sponsor my stay there in all..I’m thinking and confused too if I should tell them if ever they ask(embassy) what is my relationship to my sponsor since I haven’t meet her yet..we are just consistently having chats but haven’t seen her..do I need NBI?do I need a copy of his mom’s passport? Do I need to have her all information? I mean her wage?her work position and address? Should I tell them.that my sponsor’s son is my fiancé? Any opinion?please…thank you in advance..

    • DJ Yabis November 3, 2016 at 5:58 PM #

      Yes tell them it’s his mom. It’s fine.

  9. Jhenn August 24, 2016 at 10:56 PM #

    Hello! Just wanna ask. My bf is a german guy. But he is currently living and working in Switzerland. We are planning that i will visit him but we are confused which embassy to apply? In Swiss embassy or German embassy? I will stay longer in Swiss cause of his work. But i will also visit his home in germany and maybe travel to France. Thanks.

    • DJ Yabis August 25, 2016 at 2:05 PM #

      You should probably apply in Swiss embassy

      • Isaac June 11, 2017 at 2:02 PM #

        Will u add your passport book to ur appeal letter

        • Ziggy Ike June 11, 2017 at 2:12 PM #

          I have submitted my business visa appeal letter to the embassy in Ghana with my company address and contact on last Friday which on the 9th of June and my question is can I do follow up in coming 3 days or is my company who can do that

        • DJ Yabis June 19, 2017 at 4:43 PM #

          Just a scan

          • sandra July 10, 2017 at 2:16 PM #

            Am still waiting after my appeal,it’s taken long does anyone knw how long it takes.Am worried.

            • DJ Yabis July 25, 2017 at 4:33 PM #

              it usually takes 4-8 weeks

              • Nek August 6, 2017 at 12:19 PM #

                Please how does finland tourist visa appeal works. Should the appeal be submitted in English or Finnish? And has anyone ever receive a positive response from them. Reason for rejection is intention to leave the territory cannot be ascertained.

                • DJ Yabis August 23, 2017 at 10:10 PM #

                  Check the embassy website