Everyone wants to study in Germany because it’s a fast and well-developed economy in Europe.
Germany offers many perks to students to come and study in Germany because German will have three million skilled workers retiring in 2030. Obtain the Germany Student visa is straight forward as most extended you meet the requirement
How To Get Student Visa Germany
Do you need a German student visa?
Applicants from United States, Canada, New Zealand, Isreal, Japan, South Korea are not required to have a visa but need to register with Auslanderamt.
Applicants from Andorra, Brazil, EI Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino, Taiwan need a student visa if they plan to work before obtaining their degree from Germany universities
Applicants from the rest of the world not listed above will require a student visa for many. You should apply for this via the local German embassy or consulate in your home country. The Visa fee is 60 Euro or USD 70
How To Apply for a student visa for Germany
If you need a student visa for Germany, you should apply as soon as possible and at least three months before moving to the country. To do this, you’ll need to contact the local German embassy or consulate in your home country.
The document you typically need are:
- Completed application form
- Valid passport
- Two photographs
- Letter showing a German university has accepted you.
Transcript of academic record
- Certificate of German language proficiency or proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany if studying in German
- Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while living in Germany (€8,700 per year, which is a rough USD 10,250
- A certificate showing you’ve purchased health insurance
- Declaration of the authenticity of documents submitted
Dependent on the embassy, you may also need to show proof that you don’t have a criminal record. You can prove you have sufficient funds to study in Germany by depositing a security payment into a blocked account. In essence, this means you cannot withdraw the money until after you arrive in Germany.
As well as your student visa, you will also need to apply for a residence permit on arrival.
How to apply for a residence permit
Once in the country, you will have to register with the local Alien Registration Office (Bürgeramt orEinwohnermeldeamt) within two weeks of arrival. Here you must apply for a residence permit for study purposes. The documents you’ll need are similar to those required for the visa:
- Proof of valid private or public health insurance
- Certificate of enrolment from your university
- Proof of sufficient finances
- Valid passport
- Current visa, if you have one.
- Certificate of health (if applicable)
- Your tenancy agreement (if applicable)
- Biometric passport photos (if relevant)
- Residence permit fee (check the current rate beforehand to make sure you bring enough money)
Although you will already have been asked for proof of language proficiency as part of your university application, you may need to provide this information again to gain your residence permit. For courses taught in German, international students need to give a TestDaf or DSH score, or, for English-taught classes, you’ll need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score.
This residence permit is valid for two years and, if required, should be renewed before it expires. Residence permits initially cost €100 (~US$120) with a fee of up to €96 (~US$115) for each extension.
Students from the EU/EEA (and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein) do not need a residence permit. They must still register with the local Einwohnermeldeamt or Bürgeramt (registration authority) within a week of their arrival. You’ll need your registration document from your university for this.
EU students also need to prove they have enough money (€8,700 per year), statutory health insurance if under 30, and proficiency in their course’s language of instruction. Certain countries have bilateral agreements with Germany, which means insurance policies in the student’s home country will be applicable in Germany.
Have you considered a student applicant visa?
If you have not yet been accepted to study at a German university, you may consider applying for a student applicant visa. This allows you to stay in Germany for three months to look for a German soil university program.
If you have not enrolled at this time, you may ask for your visa to be extended to six months, but whether or not this is granted is at the discretion of the visa authorities. After enrollment, your student applicant visa can be converted into a national visa. To apply for this type of visa, you’ll need to prove your application to a German university.
Working in Germany with a student visa
It is legal to work in Germany with a student visa, but students are restricted to the number of days they can work. This is 120 full days each year or 240 half days. (If you take a job as a student assistant or research assistant at your university, it’s usually no problem to exceed the 120-day limit. However, you must inform the Alien Registration Office if you do.) Students from the EU can work for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit.
If you want to stay in Germany to seek work after your degree, international students with a residence permit can extend it to remain in Germany and find employment for up to 18 months after graduating, as long as the job is related to their field of study.
Graduates from EU/EEA countries can stay on to seek work without any restrictions or permits. After two years of employment in Germany, it’s possible to apply for permanent residency status. It’s beneficial to be proficient in the German language when seeking work in Germany, but not always essential.