Germany is a very good study destination in Europe and many foreign students choose to go to Germany to study for their higher education. If you are a foreign student that wants to study in Germany, then you might need a student visa or you might not need one, depending on where you are applying from.
For example, if you are a resident or a citizen of a country within the European union, then you do not need a student visa. Many times, most students that apply to study in Germany do not need a Student Visa. What they need is usually just a Residence Permit.
1. First step is to confirm if you really need a German Student Visa to study in Germany.
Set A: If you are a student applying from the European Union countries like Liechtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland, Norway etc., then you do not need to apply for a student visa.
Set B: Also, applicants from countries like United States, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia and Israel do not need to apply for a Student Visa to study in Germany. What these applicants need to do is, is to register at the Residents’ Registration Office locally in Germany and at the Aliens’ registration Office in Germany all within 2 weeks of the student’s arrival into Germany. This only applies to student applicants from the 7 countries listed earlier in this paragraph.
Set C: For students applying from one of these countries: Taiwan, Andorra, Brazil, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino or Honduras, you will only need a Student Visa if you plan on working in Germany before or after your degree program.
Students applying from these countries should therefore apply for their Germany Student Visa while still in their home country through their local German Embassy or Consulate.
Also, if you are from one of these countries, whether you applied for a student visa in your home country or not, it is compulsory for you to apply for a residence permit within your first 2 weeks of entering Germany. Also, applicants from Taiwan must have a ID card number in their passports.
Set D: For the applicants remaining from the rest of the world;
If your country was not listed among the countries given above, then you will definitely need a Student Visa to study in Germany. It is compulsory for you. You can apply for your student visa through your local German embassy in your home country or the Consulate. Usually, the fee charged to obtain a German Student Visa is about 60 Euros, which is approximately $70.
Steps To Apply For A German Student Visa
So, if you fall into the category of students from countries that need a German Student Visa to study in Germany, then the earlier you apply for it, the better for you. You should make sure you apply by at least 3 months before you make your move to Germany.
First, let’s look at a list of likely documents that you will need;
During the processing of your German Student Visa at your home country’s local German embassy, you will likely need the following documents;
– Completed National Visa Application Form
– Your Valid Country Passport
– Two Passport Photographs of you
– An acceptance or Offer Letter from a German University, there are different types of proofs that could be used.
– Your transcript
– A certificate showing that you are proficient in the German language or that you intend to attend a German language course while in Germany.
– Proof of Financial funding and that you have enough money to sustain yourself throughout your study program’s duration in Germany. You can use four methods to proof;
A. It is advised that you use a blocked account as proof of financial resources. A blocked account means that you deposit up to 10,236 Euros in your German bank account which will remain blocked until you arrive in Germany before you can then have access to it. It is easier and more likely to get a German Student Visa if you are using a blocked account as proof of funds.
B. You could also use a letter of commitment from a German resident who will cover your living costs in Germany.
C. Or you could use a scholarship award certificate as proof too.
D. You could use a bank guarantee from a certified German bank.
– A certificate of Health Insurance
– Your birth certificate
– A declaration of the originality of the documents you have submitted.
– You might also need proof of your criminal record.
– You might need a marriage certificate if you are married.
– You might need a birth certificate of your child, (if you have).
Steps To Follow To Apply For German Student Visa;
– Find a German Embassy or consulate in your home country.
– Make sure you check their requirements and procedures you should take to make a visa appointment.
– Set up your Visa appointment by following the steps outlined on the German Embassy’s website for your country.
– Prepare all the important documents.
– Get ready for your Visa Interview.
You will need to pay a visa application fee of between 60 Euros to 75 Euros and this fee is non-refundable. The fee will be paid before your visa interview is scheduled.
Keep in mind that there are different types of Germany Student Visa and also, the best time to apply for your student visa is immediately after you have been offered admission by a German higher institution. Good luck.