What are the Visa Requirements for Germany?
Germany is an ideal destination for abroad education with its top-notch education facilities and welcoming culture that accepts immigrants from all over the world. Especially, German universities attract a large number of Indian students. Although many students gain admission to German universities, most of them face issues while getting the German student visa due to limited guidance. This step-by-step guide provided by the Admissiongyan education consultancy helps Indian students apply for a German student visa.
As per the German laws, the non-EU nationals including the students who wish to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, i.e., 3 months must get a visa. Besides the student visa, Indian students must also get a German language visa to study Masters or MS in Germany. However, a few highly skilled Indian students such as Master students, Doctoral Students, Postdoctoral, Students, and Scholarship holders don’t need a German student visa. They can skip the wait time and go directly to the German embassy in India. So, if you have gained admission from German universities, you need to find out whether you are required to apply for a student visa or not.
What Type of German Visa Do the Indian Students Need to Study in Germany?
German embassies issue several types of visas, including the Tourist & Visitor Visa, Working Visa, Studying & Language Learning Visa, Job Seeker Visa, Business to mention a few. You must know what type of visa you are entitled to studying in Germany. The visas issued by the German authorities are also differentiated based on the duration of the stay in Germany, i.e., Short-term visas and Long-term visas. As a student, you need to stay in Germany for more than 6 months, therefore you should apply for a long-term visa which is known as D visa.
Making Your Visa Appointment
The moment your university of choice sends you an admission letter, reach the German embassy located near your residence to boo an appointment. The appointment can be scheduled either through a call or online by visiting the embassy’s website.
List of German Embassies in India
- German Embassy, New Delhi – For citizens of Haryana, Jammu, and Kashmir, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttarakhand including the Union Territories of Chandigarh, NCT of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep including Minicoy, Amini, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.
- General Consulate General, Bengalaru – For citizens of Karnataka and Kerala.
- German Consulate General, Mumbai – For citizens of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman, and Diu.
- German Consulate General, Chennai – For citizens of Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Pondicherry.
- German Consulate General, Kolkata – For citizens of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland.
German-D Student Visa Fees
- National Visa (under 18 years old): Rs. 3100 or 37.50 Euros
- National Visa (over 18 years old): Rs. 6200 or 75 Euros
German Visa Requirements for Indian Students
Indian students are required to submit the following documents while applying for the German Student Visa
- A Valid Passport
- A cover letter that explains the purpose of the visit
- 3 passport photos with biometric specifications
- Admission letter from an accredited German university
- University fees (if applicable)
- Language proficiency – English or Germany
- Residence Permit fee
- Academic certificates
- Proof of Financial Means: You should make sure that you have the proper financial means to afford your education in Germany. For this, you need to open a blocked bank account, which ensures that you have a minimum of €10,236 in your account to fund your accommodation for at least the first year of your studies.
- Do remember to open a blocked bank account 4-10 weeks before the semester to ensure you have plenty of time to access the money once your studies begin. In case you are planning higher study in Germany on a scholarship program, you must submit the confirmation of your scholarship.
- Proof of Health Insurance: The travel health insurance policy you have purchased in India will cover you for the first three months.
Include a copy of each document mentioned above along with the original copy. The German embassy may request you to submit additional documents for processing a German student visa.
If you need any clarification, don’t hesitate to contact the Admissiongyan Education Consultancy – the top study abroad consultancy in Banglore.
Debendra Jena, a B.Tech Graduate with specialization in Education Counselling for Abroad Destination.