Declaration of Commitment for a Visitor Visa

Can I submit a declaration of commitment?

To obtain a visitor visa for Germany, third-country nationals (non-EU citizens) usually have to prove that they have enough money to support themselves during their stay, even if they only want to visit family or friends for a short time. But if someone cannot prove they have enough money themselves, someone living in Germany can vouch for the visitor(s). This can be a relative or acquaintance - or a company or institution in Germany that can prove they have enough money. Such a guarantee is known as a "Verpflichtungserklärung" or "declaration of commitment", and visitor(s) can present it to the embassy as proof of funding when they apply for their visa(s).

Here you can learn whether and how you can submit a declaration of commitment for a visitor visa. You can find all the other details about visitor visas in our chapter "Visitor Visa". And, you can learn more about the declaration of commitment for long-term stays in our chapter "Declaration of commitment for a national visa".

What do I need to know?

What is a declaration of commitment?

What requirements do I have to meet to submit a declaration of commitment for someone?

How can I prove that I have enough money to sign a declaration of commitment for a visitor?

How much money do I need to have to submit a declaration of commitment?

How long will the declaration of commitment remain valid?

What do I commit to when submitting a declaration of commitment?

Where can I submit the declaration of commitment?

What documents do I need?

What should I do after the appointment at the Immigration Office?


Deliberately providing incorrect or incomplete information when submitting a declaration of commitment is a criminal offence. If proven, the perpetrator may face a fine or prison sentence.