All foreign visitors desiring to enter Germany must have a valid passport. Depending on your citizenship, the stability of that country and the duration and reasons for your stay you may need to obtain a visa before coming to Germany.
Please follow the link below to find out if you need a visa or not:
Visa application forms for Germany, as well as other helpful information regarding Schengen visas can be found here: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Visabestimmungen_node.html#doc480844bodyText2
Time Needed to Apply for Your Visa:
Foreign participants should contact the Federal Republic of Germany Missions in their home country as soon as possible to determine their particular visa requirements. As a rule, missions require between two and ten working days to decide on an application for a short stay visa. Applications for visas entitling the holder to a longer stay or to take up gainful employment may take several months to process. During the peak travel season there may be a waiting period for making an application to a German mission. Persons requiring a visa to enter Germany should therefore submit their applications in good time. If you are travelling to the Schengen Area for the first time, you should certainly apply for your visa in good time to make sure that you can travel on the dates you planned.
German Missions Abroad
To locate a German Mission near you, please follow this link (pdf).
Conference Invitation Letter
If you are in need of a letter confirming your participation in the MicroTAS 2013 Conference, please follow this link to request a letter.
If, for some reason, your visa application is denied, your registration fees will be refunded to you in full when appropriate documentation is given.