The reason why most people choose Germany for education is because of its very low tuition fees, good quality of education and higher availability of student jobs as compared to other countries. There are a lot of English language programs being offered by German universities.
Germany Student Visa Process:
Germany student visa process starts only after you have received your admission letter. The only thing you can do before getting the admission letter is to arrange finances. As of now, you need to deposit €8640 in a bank account in Germany in your name. As soon as you get your admission letter, you should open up a blocked account in Deutsche Bank. You can also open blocked account in Fintiba and X-Patrio.
Warning: Make sure to download the latest version from Deutsche Bank’s website. Don’t use old forms or forms available freely on different websites and facebook groups. If your form is not the latest version, Deutsche Bank will ask you to send the form again. Other than the blocked bank account, the German Embassy has now also been asking for bank statement of sponsor in some cases (not from all applicants). Make sure you have it with you when you go for interview.
The form has to be attested by German Consulate in Karachi, Lahore or the German Embassy in Islamabad. For form attestation, you need to take an appointment and this can be done on phone. Fill in the form but don’t sign it. Embassy/Consulate will ask you to sign it in front of them. Take your admission letter, passport and CNIC (as well as their copies to be on the safe side) with you. Send the form to the German address mentioned on it.
Within a couple of weeks of sending your form, you will receive an email with your account details. Once you have the details, you may now transfer the amount into it. This can be done directly if you or your relative has a foreign currency account or you can have the money transferred via a money changer. Keep in mind that money changers might do the transaction few days after you have asked them for it. Transfer about €50 extra than the required amount. €50 is deducted from your account as charges for opening the account. When the money has been transferred, Deutsche Bank will send a confirmation email. Take a printout of this email with you as proof of finances when you go for visa interview. Make sure you write your email address correctly and clearly since all communication with Deutsche Bank takes place through this email address. Sometimes, emails from Deutsche Bank go to spam folder. Check there also when you are expecting their emails.
Warning: The amount you transfer is going to be blocked for one year and cannot be taken out all at once. You may only take out €720 per month and not more.
To start Germany student visa process at the German Embassy in Islamabad or in German Consulate in Karachi. You must take an appointment. You can book your appointment online in German Embassy’s website. Take an appointment well in advance. Because the slots fill up very quickly and students then have problems finding an appointment. Also, when you submit the application, you will be given a deposit slip. You need to deposit Rs. 500 at the Standard Chartered Bank, Diplomatic Enclave Branch as fees for returning your passport by courier. The student visa fees if €60. This can be paid in Pakistani Rupees.
The interview is usually held the same day. The interview is not at all difficult. Just a few general questions like why did you choose Germany, why this particular university, what your family members do, German language skills etc. For German Consulate at Karachi: You may collect back your passport after about 12 days if you need it (or just leave it there). It might take about 1.5 months or more for your visa clearance.
The consulate should call you up when that has been done or you may call yourself and inquire. When the clearance has been done, they will ask you to bring back your passport (if you had taken it back earlier) along with a ticket and travel insurance. This insurance is just for your travel period and different than the health insurance which you have to get here in Germany after your arrival. Usually they ask for three to six months travel insurance. After you have provided them with the travel insurance and the ticket, they will call you or give you a date to collect your passport with the visa stamped (after a week or more).
For German Embassy at Islamabad: For applicants at the German Embassy Islamabad, the insurance has to be submitted along with the other documents at the time of application. They usually do not call about visa clearance and your passport will be sent back to you directly by courier.
Caution: Book your ticket well in advance, since it is sometimes difficult to get a seat later on your desired date and you might have to buy a more expensive ticket or might not even get a seat!
Congratulations! You have completed the Germany student visa process! The whole visa process may take upto 6-8 weeks. However, if your classes are starting earlier, you may request the consulate/embassy to speed up your process and they are usually very cooperative. The student visa granted only for 3 months. Check this packing list before flying to Germany.
After coming to Germany, you have to apply for residence permit which is given for either the whole period of study at once or maybe for an year or so and you might have to get it renewed later. The rejection ratio of student visas is very low for Germany and if you fulfill all the requirements. You can be pretty sure you will get the visa. The situation has changed recently and many students have also been denied a student visa. This in my observation mostly happened to those students who did not do the program search, university application etc. by themselves but rather relied on a friend or consultant for everything. Because of this, they were not able to clarify their intention for studies in the interview.
If your visa is rejected, you still have a chance to appeal against the rejection and some students did get visa after appeal. Best of luck for your studies in Germany. Now start Germany student visa process from this first step.