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Pakistan students make up one of the largest groups of international students in Germany, so despite the long and tiring visa application, they seem to think it is worth the hassle. If you are from Pakistan and have been admitted into a German university, you have to apply for a visa. Here is how to navigate the sometimes confusing process of applying for a German student visa application in Pakistan.
As a Pakistani national, if you are accepted to a German university, you have to apply for a National (D-type) Visa for studying. However, this visa is only temporary, and as soon as you get to Germany you have to start the process for a student residence permit, so you can live in Germany for the duration of your studies.
You can apply for a German student visa either in the German Embassy in Islamabad or the German Consulate General in Karachi. Here is where to submit the application based on where you live:
Note: The Honorary Consulate in Lahore does not issue visas.
To apply for a German student visa in Pakistan, you have to open a blocked account, buy travel insurance, collect all the required documents, make an appointment with the German Embassy/Consulate in Pakistan, and enter the visa interview.
The exact process differs depending on which German Mission you will apply in.
Address and opening hours:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Street: Ramna 5, Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad
Postal address: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, P.O. Box 1027, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel. (0092-51) 2007 – 200 (24 hours; except visa enquiries)
Fax. +92 51 227 94 36
Note: Appointments for attestations, visa and passport applications at the German Embassy in Islamabad, can only be made online. Appointment requests by phone or e-mail will remain unanswered.
Address and Opening hours
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi
Tel. +92 21 35 87 37 82, +92 21 35 87 37 83, +92 21 35 87 02 34
Fax. +92 21 35 87 40 09
Postal address: 92-A/7, Block 5, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.
Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – 3:15 pm
7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Opening hours of the consular section
Submission of visa applications
(As per appointment)
Collection of passports:
Monday – Thursday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Visa inquiries by telephone:
Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Tel: +92 21 35 82 15 96
Fax: +92 21 35 82 15 97
Please note that visa inquiries by telephone will only be answered during the times and over the number indicated above.
If you have been admitted into a Master’s or PhD program in Germany, or if you have a scholarship from a German university, your visa interview appointment will be prioritized.
When you apply for a German student visa in Pakistan, you have to submit all the following documents in two sets:
For your German visa application in Pakistan, you can get a travel insurance plan from international companies such as DR-WALTER, AXA Assistance, or Europ Assistance, or from a Pakistan-based insurance company.
This type of health insurance is temporary – you need it for the visa application and it will cover only the initial period of your trip. After you arrive in Germany, you have to register for a long-term health insurance plan, either public or private.
If you are a Pakistani student under the age of 30 and decide to register with the public health insurance provider TK, you can get a one-month free travel insurance policy.
Pakistani students need at least €10,332 to apply for a German student visa. You have to prove that you have access to this money in one of the following ways:
Fintiba is one of the few providers where Pakistani students can open a blocked account entirely online.
The fee for a German student visa in Pakistan is €75 and must be paid in PKR. Here is how you can pay the visa fee, depending on which German Mission you will apply to:
You should start the application process as soon as you get your acceptance letter. Remember, that before you even apply, you have to:
After you enter the visa interview, the German Embassy/Consulate in Pakistan will take 5 to 10 weeks to process your visa application. Once you receive it, you can travel to Germany.
The student visa is valid for three months, so within that time you have to apply for a residence permit.
When you travel to Germany from Pakistan, you usually have three months to get your residence permit. To get your residence permit in Germany, you have to:
The student residence permit is valid for one to two years, and it can be renewed as long as you are still enrolled in university/school.
Sometimes, the Geman Embassy in Pakistan might give you a six-month visa – which means you have six months to set everything up.
After you get to Germany, you have to enrol under a long-term health insurance plan. If you are a Pakistani student under the age of 30, you have to get statutory (public) or health insurance. If you are over the age of 30, then you must purchase a private health insurance plan, such as DR. Walter’s EDUCARE24.
If you are unsure, you can use this online tool to figure out what type of German health insurance you need.
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