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Applying for a Study Visa in Germany

Germany has some of the best universities in the world. Thousands of students from around the globe apply to study at these great learning institutions. The good news is that you can join German students if you have a German study visa.

In addition to studying, the German study visa allows you to work in Germany for up to 120 full days or 240 half days per year.

Types of German Study Visas

There are two types of study permits in Germany.

  1. The first is through a degree at a German university.
  2. The second is via vocational training.

German Study Visa Requirements, Forms & Documentation

Contact IBN Immigration Solutions, and we’ll assign an immigration consultant who specialises in German visas and permits to oversee your application. Your consultant will give you details about the forms and supporting documents you need to apply for a German student visa.

Three of the qualifying requirements for a student visa include:

  1. Acceptance at a recognised higher education institution in Germany
  2. Meet the language requirements for your chosen course of study in Germany
  3. Student visas require proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and cover your living expenses for six months through a blocked account or formal declaration by a third party

Remember that there are two types of student visas in Germany.
The requirements are similar for both types, but there are some differences.

You must have been accepted to a school- or company-based training programme, if you’re going the vocational training route.
Your immigration specialist will discuss the requirements and costs of vocational study applications in Germany with you.

German Study Visa Costs

German study visas are relatively straightforward. The costs are made clear, without many miscellaneous fees that could affect your budget.

Your immigration specialist will go through the costs with you, so you can see where your money goes at every step.

How to Apply for the Study Visa

  • Your IBN immigration consultant will take you through each step of the student visa application process to ensure you have all the correct forms and don’t leave anything out.
  • The first step you must take is to apply to a university or other higher education institution in Germany. Once your application to study in Germany has been approved, you can apply for a German study visa.
  • Your consultant will help you acquire any documents you’re struggling to find and will go through them with you to ensure they are correctly completed.
  • >When your consultant is satisfied with your application pack, they will send it for an in-house quality check to make twice as sure that it is correct.
  • You must submit all student visa applications through the German embassy or consulate general in your home country or country of residence.
  • After your application is approved, you will get a three-month visa, during which you must move to Germany.
  • Once you arrive in the country, you must register your residence at the local town hall. One of our German partners will accompany you.
  • After you’ve finished registering, your immigration consultant will arrange an appointment for you to apply for your final residence permit at the local foreigner’s authority. One of our trusted German partners will accompany you.
  • The residence permit often approved at the appointment. You’ll have to wait approximately four weeks for your electronic residence card to arrive.
  • Your electronic residence card will help you if you decide you want to immigrate to Germany permanently.

Frequently Asked Questions

A German study permit is valid for two years.

It’s renewable, so you can remain in the country to complete your programme.

Should you obtain your degree while studying in Germany, you can apply for a job seeker permit that is valid for up to 18 months. You can work without restriction while on a job seeker visa.

Should you want to immigrate over the long term, you must find employment within one of the work permit categories in Germany.

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