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Want to study in Germany? Important visa FAQs to keep in mind

When pursuing an overseas education in Germany, read about the various types of student visas you can apply for as well as other relevant FAQs such as the documents required alongside the Germany visa application form.

Posted by Team Edisol

Germany is known for top-class education, robust research opportunities and affordable education costs. So, if want to study in Germany, familiarise yourself with Germany’s visa requirements. This way, you can start your visa application as soon as you receive an acceptance letter.

While your nearest German embassy can provide you with all the information, you may have some queries. So, take a look at answers to commonly asked questions that Indian students have when applying for a student visa.

When should I apply for a German student visa?

In general, Germany requires Indian students to have a long-term visa if the duration of stay exceeds 90 days. To this effect, you need to apply for a resident visa. It is best to refrain from applying for a tourist visa as you cannot convert it into a residence permit after the completion of your studies.

Also bear in mind that a residence permit issued for study purposes is only valid for two years, so remember to renew it on time. Further, you will need to show a year’s worth of finances in order to get your visa.

What type of student visa should I pick to study in Germany?

Most importantly, remember to apply for the right type of visa when you’re considering studying in Germany. Choose from the following 3 student visas:

  • Pick a standard German student visa if you are ready to start full-time studies at a university.

  • Pick a German student applicant visa if you have to be in Germany in order to apply at a university.

  • Pick a German language course visa if you wish to study for a German language course.

What are the documents I need to apply for a visa?

  • Filled out visa application form
  • Valid national passport and any previous passports (if needed)
  • Two recent biometric portrait photographs
  • University admission letter
  • Certificates of earlier education
  • Curriculum vitae with proof of work experience, if any
  • Evidence of adequate finances: Blocked bank account with the prescribed minimum deposit, a letter of commitment written by a local resident, a letter of declaration by a parent along with latest 6 months’ bank statements or a scholarship certificate
  • Health insurance of at least 30,000 EUR or Rs.23.17 lakh (approximately) valid for not less than 3 months
  • A motivational letter expressing the reason for choosing a university and study programme as well as your future plans
  • Marriage certificate and birth certificate if you are married or have a child
  • Visa application fee payment acknowledgement
  • German language proficiency proof if you want to apply for language programmes
  • English language proficiency proof

How to apply for a German visa?

  • Once you receive an admission letter from a university, collect the documents and fill out and sign a declaration.
  • Take an appointment for your visa interview.
  • Expect your visa application to be processed in 6–12 weeks from the day of application.

What is the cost of applying for a visa to study in Germany?

You have to pay approximately Rs.4,631 for a resident permit.

Will I be allowed to work in Germany while studying?

As a student, you can work for 120 full days or 240 half days in a year without a work permit. Also, if you hold a DAAD scholarship (the German Academic Exchange Service), you should seek DAAD’s permission before taking up paid work.

Can I work in Germany after the completion of my degree?

You can apply for an extended residence permit of up to 18 months in order to look for a job in Germany post your course. Remember that your timeline will begin from the day of your exam results and you will need to show that you are looking for a job related to the course you have studied. You will also need to prove you can afford associated lifestyle expenses.

With this information on your fingertips, applying for a visa to study in Germany is sure to be a swift and hassle-free process.