Germany Student VISA
The Germany Student VISA is a category of the German VISA that allows it’s holders to study in any Educational Institutions in Germany.
However, the following Countries are exempted from using a VISA to study in Germany;
- EEA/EU citizens
- El Salvador*
- New Zealand
- San Marino*
- United States
- South Korea
*Need a VISA only if they want to work during or after their studies in Germany.
They must register at the local Residents’ Registration Office and the Aliens’ Registration Office two weeks of arrival in of Germany.
Apart from the aforementioned Countries, all other countries needs a VISA to study in Germany.
Germany Study VISA
There are two kinds of Germany Student VISA, they are;
Germany Student Applicant VISA
This VISA is for those who need to take acceptance exams into the university they have applied in Germany. Also, if you have applied for a course and have a confirmation letter but have not received a formal admission yet, you should apply for a German Student Applicant VISA. The Student Applicant VISA is valid for 3 months, with the possibility to extend it for 6 more months. You must apply at the German Consulate or Embassy in your Country.
Germany Student VISA
This type of German VISA is typically issued for periods longer than 3 months. If you have already received your admission letter from the German University you have applied at, then you can apply for a Germany Student VISA. You cannot obtain a Germany Student VISA for as long as you are not admitted to any university in Germany. If you have to stay more, then you must apply to the Alien Registration Office in the German city where the university you are going to study at is located and get the Germany Student Residence Permit.
If you follow the steps below, you can get your VISA done successfully;
- Fill out the Germany Student VISA application form: Fill your application form via this website https://videx-national.diplo.de/videx/visum-erfassung/#/videx-langfristiger-aufenthalt. Make sure you provide accurate information while filling the form.
- Possess all the German Study VISA required documents: You must make sure you have the following documents. You need them for any student VISA.
- Duly completed Germany Student VISA Application form.
- Your valid passport. It should be valid for an additional six months prior to your date of departure from Germany and have at least a blank page.
- Proof of civil status.
- marriage certificate.
- birth certificate.
- birth certificate of children.
- death certificate of spouse.
- ration card if applicable.
- Two photographs. The photos must be of high quality and identical.
- Copies of previous VISAs, if any.
- Proof of accommodation in Germany. You must show proof that you have a place to stay during your studies in Germany.
- Proof of covered health insurance for the entire period of stay in Germany.
- When applying for a Language Course VISA: A motivational letter for attending the language course.
- Curriculum Vitae. Attach to your CV evidence about any previous and current internship and employment.
- The minimum number of financial means of at least €10,236 per year or €853 per month. The following are accepted as proof:
- Personal financial statements for the last three months.
- A scholarship award certificate.
- Written confirmation of parents or sponsor that he/she will cover your costs.
- Fixed deposit statement “Sperrkonto” – Blocked account.
- If applying for Student Applicant VISA:
- Recognized School Leaving Certificates.
- Confirmation of application. This is usually an e-mail from the university, confirming the successful submission of the application for studies.
- A certificate of admission in a preparatory course. In German, this is called “Propaedeutic Courses”, or a registration confirmation letter in a German language course (containing not less than 18 hours of lessons per week).
- A recognized school leaving certificate “Abitur”. Or the equivalent of it.
- Proof of German or English language proficiency (depending which is the language in which lessons are taught).
- Proof of former education. Certificated of former degrees.
- If applying for a Student VISA:
- Acceptance letter from the university. A document, a university admission letter confirming your application for studies and an offered place to study in the program you have applied for
- Certificates of earlier education. Submit all certificates of previous formal and informal education.
- Cover Letter. Explain through it the reason for choosing the university, the program, study plan, and your plans on how these studies will improve your career in the future.
- For programs in German, international students must provide a TestDaf or DSH score. Whereas, for courses in English, students will have to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score.
- Schedule an appointment: schedule the appointment for a German student VISA interview at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. You can have your student VISA application processed only by booking an appointment prior to attending the interview.
- Go to the VISA application center for the interview: When you go to the VISA application center for the interview you should have with you the document file. You should submit your application when you attend the interview so make sure to have everything well in order. The submission may take about 10 minutes. Make sure to be on time at the application center since they may not accept your application if you are later than ten minutes. After the verification of your appointment letter, you will be issued a token.
- Pay the German student VISA fee: You will have to pay a fee for the Germany student VISA which is €75. After paying the fee you will be issued a receipt which you have to keep in order to collect your processed application.
Note: After the authorities verify your application, your information will be entered into the online system of the German consulate. You will receive a printed copy of your application. This process usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. After you get the printed form, please make sure to verify all the details are correct and sign the form.
- Submit biometrics: Provide your fingerprints. This is a quick process that usually takes 7 to 8 minutes. This includes capturing a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
- Wait for processing: This is the last step. The Embassy or consulate will then process your application, which may take from 6 to 12 weeks. The consular officers and may also ask for additional documents in the meantime. Make sure to provide anything extra they ask for.
What will Happen After I arrive Germany?
When you arrive Germany with the Student VISA, you need to do the following in order to legalize your stay in Germany.
Register your address in Germany; You must make sure that you register your address at the registration office that is closest to your home in Germany. To do so you will need an identification document, your VISA, and a rental contract or other proof of your address.
Apply for a Germany Student Residence Permit; After you register your address, you should apply for your Student Residence Permit in Germany. Note that you have 90 days from the day you enter Germany, to do so. You first need to appoint a meeting at the Immigration Authorities that are nearest to your living location in Germany. There you can also get the application form. You will need to submit this form and the required documents on the day of your interview.
Important Things To Note About The Germany Student VISA
- The German Student VISA application along with the necessary documents should be submitted at least 8 weeks, before the date you are traveling to Germany in order to avoid any possible delay.
- You have to apply for a German Student VISA at the German Consulate or Embassy in your Country. Your passport will remain at the Embassy/Consulate where you have applied during the entire process of VISA proceeding. You will have to apply again from the beginning if at all you need to withdraw your passport for any reason, whether it be traveling or any other thing.
You Can Work As A Student With The Germany Student VISA
Students From other Countries are allowed to work, but you can be restricted.
- Citizens of EU/EEA Countries and Switzerland can work freely in Germany for a maximum of 20 hours a week during term time, (including voluntary work).
- Students coming from other Countries are also allowed to work, but they cannot exceed more than 120 full days a year or 240 half days. Unused days cannot be carried over to the next year.
- International Students with a residence permit, who want to work in Germany after the completion of their studies can extend their permit for up to 18 months, as long as they have found a job in their field of study.
- Graduates from EU/EEA countries can stay and seek work without any restriction or permission. It is possible to apply for the permanent residency status in Germany after two years of employment in Germany.