Hi people, hope you're all well.
I know there is another thread on the subject of schengen visas and marriage certificate for Germany, but I have decided to start a new one rather than potentially take that one off topic (Mods, please move this where ever is most appropriate, many thanks).
My wife and I wish to travel to Germany to attend a friend's wedding in Frankfurt in September, have read the info on the German Embassy website but have a few queries I would love to pick brains about if possible.
I know they are all free (bonus!) but what category of visa does my wife actually require? Is it a 'Visitors Visa', a 'Tourist Visa', or is 'Spouses of a European Union Citizen' a separate visa altogether from these? It's unclear (at least to me it is) on their website, and they all seemingly require different documentation. I'm a little confused by what my wife needs to submit exactly.
We wish to send my wife's application by post, am I correct in thinking the documents she will definately need are (+copies):-
1. Her passport.
2. Application form printed off web, with passport photo.
3. My passport (spouse passport)
4. Our marriage certificate. Will the Thai original with an English translation done in Thailand certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs suffice or do I need a new translation done here in the UK?
* Our address in Germany. Will the address of a hotel we MAY stay at be ok or do they want to see documentary proof such as a booking confirmation, or should we put the address of the person inviting us to his wedding (their seems to be conflicting info on the Embassy website)?
If I was 100% sure about what visa my wife is supposed to apply for I think I could answer this myself, but what else do we need? Tourist Visas bang on about needing confirmed hotel bookings, evidence of funds, travel insurance, evidence of employment etc, whilst Visit visas require one to show an invitation and passport copy form the host in Germany - I'm confused!
I'll try to keep this short and round this up now but thanks for any help with this, it's greatly appreciated as always.