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Student Visa Germany

Complete guide to apply for Student Visa Germany

Germany is one of the best destinations for high-quality education. It has a good research infrastructure, teaching techniques with low-cost education. Germany could be the best place for many internationals if you looking for higher education. However, to study in Germany you need to apply for Student Visa. Let’s see the requirements and process to apply for Student Visa Germany.

In this post, I will guide you how to apply for Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken)

Types of Student Visa

Based on your study programme, there are 3 types of Student Visa to pursue studies in Germany.

Language Course visa

This visa serves the purpose of joining short German courses which is from 3 months to 1 year.

Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung)

If you applied for any university and waiting for the confirmation or if you need to attend the entrance examinations from any university, you can apply this visa which is valid for 3 months.

Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken)

If you applied to any university and your application accepted, then you can apply long term student visa

Documents required for Student Visa Germany

Please prepare the 2 sets of following documents

  • Valid Passport (Original)
  • Filled and signed application form. Fill the details here and take a copy of it
  • 2 copies of your passport data page
  • Personal cover letter
  • Proof of admission (University admission letter)
  • Previous academic qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Proof of Financial: You can provide any of the below proof
    • If you have confirmation of a German / EU scholarship/stipend (or)
    • Verpflichtungserklärung (obligation letter) by sponsor living in Germany
    • If your parents are staying in Germany, letter of declaration needed to prove that they will cover your expensed during your stay
    • A blocked account with an amount of 10,356 €
  • 3 Biometric passport photos
  • Proof of German language certificate if you have any
  • Travel Health Insurance: valid on arrival in Germany to the date of enrollment at the University (approx. 3 months)
  • Acknowledgement that you have paid the visa fees: The visa fees costs 75€, check your residence embassy website to find the way of paying the visa fees. At some locations, cash is accepted otherwise Demand Draft

Steps to apply for Student Visa Germany

  1. Prepare the above documents, review once again to make sure you have all the documents which are required
  2. Make an appointment with Germany Embassy located near to your residence
  3. Prepare for the Visa interview, could be the questions about the studies in Germany, why Germany, etc.
  4. Wait for 3-4 weeks for processing of your visa application.
  5. Please be prepared if embassy ask for any additional documents, you might need to visit again to submit.

Things to do once you arrive Germany on Student Visa

You are lucky and got an opportunity to study in Germany. You must do the important things once you arrive in Germany

  • Register your residence address in Germany with in 15 days of arrival. You can find more information here
  • Since your Student Visa is long term, apply for residence permit at immigration authorities

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can I work while am studying in Germany?

Yes, you can work while studying in Germany for 120 full days or 240 half days per year

Can I stay in Germany after completing my studies?

Once you obtain degree, You can apply for residence permit for job seekers which is given for 18 months. In this period, you can search for job and you can work for any job until you get the qualified employment. Once you received the job offer, you can apply for Blue Card or work permit

Can I apply for visa extension as my studies taking longer than expected?

Yes, you can apply for extension if you know that your studies taking longer by providing necessary documents

I am an EU citizen not from Germany, Do I need visa?

If you belong to one of these countries, then visa is not required to study in Germany: EA/EU citizens, Australia, Andorra, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Switzerland, United States, South Korea

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