I am non-resident alien (not a permanent resident) residing in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The German consulate assigned for my state is San Fransisco. The earliest available appointment is 2.5 months away.

However, I need to make a business trip to Germany in 2 months. My wife will be accompanying me on a tourist Visa.

I was able to book an appointment in Washington DC 1 month away. However, I do not want to fly from Seattle to Washington DC to be rejected due to this.

Has anyone does this before? What can I do to make sure my appointment is either not cancelled or the application rejected due to this.

I am also open to traveling to another country for a longer duration since my business trip is only for 2 days. Will Germany be considered my main destination since I am applying for a business Visa there, or can I apply to another country as a main destination, if I stay there longer?

  • The second question is effectively about the balance between duration of stay and purpose in determining main destination. I think it is important enough to justify a separate question. Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 13:02
  • Thank you for your answer. I'll post a separate question for the second part.
    – Karthik S
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 15:04

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According to the German Missions in the United States page on Schengen Visa / Short Stay Visa an appointment in Washington is not going to work:

Visas must be applied for at the German Embassy or Consulate General in charge of the applicants place of residence (for example an Indian citizen with H1B Visa residing in Portland/ Oregon must apply at the German Consulate in San Francisco; a Chinese citizen from Bejing visiting the US on a B1/B2 Visa must apply at the German Embassy in Bejing).

Please note that visa applications cannot be processed at a different Consulate or Embassy within the US or in the home country, if the person is residing in the US.

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