If you are a highly professional or skilled person and want to pursue master, doctoral or postdoctoral studies in Germany. Then you don’t need to follow this process. You can apply directly though VFS Global service India. VFS Global means ‘Visa Facilitation Services Global’. It’s an external visa service that outsourced by German mission India for highly professional people. So they don’t wait for long procedure that normal students follow.
If you have a conditional offer letter or admission letter from German university and want to pursue bachelor, master, doctoral or postdoctoral degrees in Germany. Then you have to follow this normal 9 step student visa process.
9 Step German Student Visa Process for Indian Students:
Step 1 – Find a German University for Admission
In first step of visa process, try to find a German university for admission. Students who want to study bachelor, they search for Studienkolleg. Master, doctoral and postdoctoral students find a German university for admission. Check this article to know: How to Find German University for Admission?
Send all the documents that are mentioned on university website for admission. For online application, send scanned copies of original documents. To send by post, use notary attested copies of original documents. Don’t send original documents to any university.
Step 2 – Apply for Admission and get Admission Letter
You can apply for admission after choosing the right German university. You can apply admission in more than one German universities at a time. Some universities accept direct admissions on their online portals and other accept via Uni-assist. Check admission procedure for these details.
Step 3 – Open Blocked Account / Sperrkonto
Open a blocked account after getting admission letter / offer letter from a German university. You can open blocked account in a German bank or Indian Kotak Mahindra Bank. There is no restriction to choose any specific bank from available options. You can open blocked account according to your own choice. According to new German law, you need 10,236 euros to deposit in blocked account.
Normally, these German bank offer blocked account / Sperrkonto to international students.
If you don’t want to open blocked account in German bank. Then you can also open blocked account in following Indian banks.
Account of following bank fulfill all the visa requirements of German embassy India. If you want to open blocked account in Kotak Mahindra Bank then after arrival in Germany, you need to open a second account in a German bank to transfer money from Kotak Mahindra Bank to German bank.
Step 4 – Book Visa Appointment
After opening the blocked account, try book appointment in your desired embassy or consulate. You can check website of German mission India to know exact location of German embassy or consulate that belong to your area. Try to book appointment as early as possible.
Step 5 – Document Preparation
After getting appointment, try to prepare all the documents that required to get German student visa. Indian students need following documents to get student visa for Germany.
- University admission letter / offer letter
- Blocked account / Scholarship / Sponsor letter
- Valid passport
- Biometric pictures
- Motivation letter
- IELTS or German language proficiency certificate (depends on your course / university requirement)
- Proof of payment in case university offer paid courses
- Educational documents
- Travel health insurance
- Visa application form (available on embassy website)
- Declaration on true and complete information (available on embassy website)
- Print of appointment
Step 6 – Interview Preparation
After preparation of necessary documents, try to prepare visa interview in advance. Better preparation will give you more confidence and grip on information. Check most asked questions during German student visa interview.
Step 7 – Get Demand Draft to Pay Visa Fee
Get demand draft from website of German embassy India to pay visa fee. You have to pay visa fee at the time of interview or submission of visa file. Visa fee is non refundable and demand draft must not be older than 2 months. Visa fee for German student visa is 6,000 INR.
Step 8 – Appear in German Embassy / Consulate
According to scheduled appointment appear in German embassy or consulate with all required documents. Give interview and submit your visa file.
Step 9 – Fly to Germany
Get passport with Schengen visa stamp from German embassy / consulate, book earliest available fight and fly to Germany. Don’t forget to do necarry shopping according to this luggage recommendation.
Once you will arrive in Germany then don’t forget to do these necessary things. These things will help you to make your stay in Germany more comfortable.