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Indian students make up the second-largest group of international students in German universities, with a record number of 25,149 students enrolled in the winter semester of 2019, according to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany.
It is no wonder that Indian students are interested in getting their education in Germany, considering it has some of the highest-ranking universities in the world – and amazing job opportunities. So, if you have been accepted to a German university, here’s what you need to know about the German student visa application from India!
To study in Germany, Indians have to apply for a National Visa at the nearest German Embassy/Consulate. A national visa (also known as a D Visa) is valid for three months and allows you to enter Germany and apply for a residence permit. The residence permit is valid for one year. It can be renewed/extended to let you live in Germany for the duration of your studies.
Do not try to enter Germany with a tourist visa and try to get a residence permit. That is not possible.
You have to submit these documents when you apply for a German student visa in India:
You should also attach the signed copy of the checklist of the documents which you got from the website of the German Missions in India.
You have to submit the student visa application at the German Mission in India responsible for your jurisdiction, as follows:
Please note: The German Honorary Consul in Goa and the German Honorary Consul in Thiruvananthapuram do not accept visa applications.
The step-by-step instructions for an Indian to apply for a German student visa are:
You need a blocked bank account to provide proof of your finances for the visa application. There are two ways to open a blocked account from India:
According to the German Embassies in India, the providers offering blocked accounts for Indian students include Expatrio, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Deutsche Bank, Capital India Finance Ltd., and Drop Money.
Most Indian students in Germany prefer Expatrio because the entire process can be completed online from India.
Before you submit the application, you have to complete the “Application for a national visa” form online. You can also download, complete and print out a PDF copy from the German Mission in India – whichever method you find more convenient. You will need to have your ID card and passport at hand.
Along with the main application form, you also need the “Declaration on true and complete information” and the “Additional contact and legal representation information”. See here and here.
The pictures you submit for your Germany visa application in India have to be on a white background and with 35mm x 45 mm (width and height) dimensions. Most photo studios in large cities in India will know how to take your picture and adjust it for a German visa application.
See the complete Germany visa photo requirements here.
Gather all the documents included on the “Checklist for a German national visa – student”. The list is available on the website of the German Missions in India.
You must also download a copy of the checklist and submit it along with the date and your signature.
After you have all the documents, you can make an appointment with the German Mission in India that’s responsible for your jurisdiction.
You have to pay the fee for a German student visa in India, via a Demand Draft at the end of the visa appointment. German Missions accept Demand Drafts (not older than 2 months) from all nationalized banks in India.
On the date of your appointment, you have to be on time and bring all the necessary documents with you. You will also enter a visa interview with an Embassy/Consulate officer, who will ask you questions regarding your upcoming trip, why you want to study in Germany, etc.
After you enter the visa interview, in most cases, it takes 15-30 working days to receive a decision from the Embassy/Consulate in India.
However, depending on the workload of the Embassy and whether you need additional documents, it could take longer. On online student forums, many Indian students have reported waiting four to six weeks (even 12!) to receive a decision on their visa.
As soon as you have your student visa, you can travel to Germany and apply for a student residence permit at the Ausländerbehörde.
You should apply for a visa as soon as you receive your acceptance letter and at least three months before your studies start. Take into consideration the following factors:
Yes, you may submit a student visa application at a VFS Center in India only if:
If you fulfil the requirements listed above, you can submit your application to the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in New Delhi or in Mumbai. You do not need to wait for an interview at the German Embassy.
Remember: The German Embassy or Consulate in your jurisdiction will still review your application and make a decision. VFS will simply accept your application documents and send them to the Embassy/Consulate.
The German student visa fee for Indians is €75 for adults and €37,50 for minors. You have to pay the fee in INR through a Demand Draft at the end of your visa appointment. The Demand Draft has to be addressed as such, depending on where you submit your visa application:
The visa fee is non-refundable even if your application is rejected.
Important: The visa fee (in INR) stated on the Demand Draft must be based on the rates posted on the website of the German Missions in India. Do not look at the current exchange rates to fill in a Demand Draft for your student visa application, as it will be rejected.
In 2021, Indian students need a bank balance of at least €10,332 to get a German student visa. This money has to go in a “blocked account” in Germany where it will be frozen and you will only be able to withdraw €861/month. If you receive a scholarship, it also has to cover the same amount of money.
Indian students can get travel health insurance for a Germany visa application from one of the following
Our tip for Indian students: If you decide to get health insurance from German provider TK, you will get a one-month free travel insurance policy as well!
Other travel insurance providers operating in India, which will be accepted by the German Embassy include:
You need travel insurance which covers you from the time you enter Germany and until you enrol under a long-term health insurance scheme.
Within three months after you travel from India to Germany, you have to:
The residence permit will allow you to stay in Germany for one year and it can be extended annually for the duration of your studies.
Yes, Indian students are allowed to work in Germany with a student visa. You can work full time for up to 120 days or part-time for up to 240 days per year. Even the work you take up during semester breaks or unpaid internships will count towards your permitted workdays.
Only the following type of work does not count towards the allotted working time:
After you finish your studies, if you find a job, you can apply for a work visa. If you finish your studies and do not have a job, you can apply for a job-seeker visa.
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