Study visa

IMPORTANT:

Dear students,

You want to study in Germany but cannot find a visa online appointment to submit your application? Please keep in mind that you may book your appointment as early as possible, e.g. already during the admission process. Booking an appointment only after you received all the necessary documents, e.g. the formal admission letter might be too late, as the appointments are normally taken weeks ahead.

Your complaint – our plea to all students and applicants to show more fairness! Please cancel your visa appointment as soon as you know that you are not going to use it! You will enable other applicants to use that slot.

Do not book a wrong appointment with a phantasy name or wrong passport number.

Best Regards, Visa Section

The processing time for a study visa is currently between 5 and 10 weeks. Please apply for the next semester only if there is a minimum time frame of 5 weeks between your appointment date and the enrolment date/starting date of the semester. Otherwise a punctual start of your studies will not be possible. The Embassy reserves the right to send away applicants who want to hand in a study visa application less than 5 weeks before the start of the upcoming semester.

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Please note that there are three (3) different types of visas for study purposes in Germany. Besides all the other documents listed below, each of these categories requires a different document:

(1) Student visa (Studentenvisum)

Please submit the letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from a University or an Institute for Higher Education in Germany.

(2) Student applicant visa (Studienbewerbervisum)

Please submit the proof of entitlement to get admission/conditional acceptance (Bewerberbestätigung; bedingte Zulassung) at a university in Germany.

Please submit all certificates with mark-sheets, admit cards, registration card and Bachelor Diploma or at least proof of one (1) study year in the respective field).

(3) Participation in a language course

Please submit the registration for an intensive language course with a minimum of 20 hours per week (e.g certificate of registration, receipt for course fees).

N.B. If you intend to study in Germany after your language course ends, please state this fact in your application, so that you can be issued with a student applicant visa or a student visa, provided you fulfil the conditions for issue. These visas entitle the holder to attend language courses and to study in Germany afterwards (see above!). If you only apply for the language course visa, you will have to leave Germany at the end of the course. It is not possible to convert this visa to any other form of residence permit in Germany.

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Required documents:
Additional instructions:
Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
- In DIN A4 size
- Complete and readable
- Not stapled
For applications at the Embassy Islamabad please provide three copies of all documents.
For applications at the Consulate Karachi please submit two copies of all documents.

- application forms

For applications at the Embassy please provide two application forms in the following order: Download document order for study visa application Islamabad [pdf, 233.73k]

For applications at the Consulate please submit two application forms

- signed by the applicant
- completely filled out by typewriter/computer
application form - long-term visas [pdf, 621.91k]

- passport photos

For applications at the Embassy please provide four photos.

For applications at the Consulate please submit three photos

- not older than three months and white background
- no computer print-outs accepted
information on photos [pdf, 550.79k]

- valid passport

- (all) previous passport(s), if applicable

- Passport needs to be valid for three months after the expiry of the applied visa

- completed list of your children

list of children [pdf, 75.74k]

- security questionnaire

Declaration § 54 II AufenthG [vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 14.46k]

- applicant's declaration

declaration (English/Urdu) for family reunion/study visa [pdf, 111.36k]

Please note that there are three (3) different types of visas for study purposes in Germany (more details below):

- for student visa:
 letter of admission/acceptance

- for student applicant visa:
proof of entitlement to get admission

- for language course visa:
registration for an intensive language course





- issued by a university in Germany
- please submit the original and two copies





- issued by a language school in Germany
- please submit the original and two copies

- your curriculum vitae

- please submit the original and two copies

- documentation of your school, college  and academic degree and employment history - if any

- B.A., BSC, B.COM, BBA, BCS etc.
- please submit the original and two copies of the academic degree and transcript, all attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) if done in Pakistan
- employment letter from all former and current employers

- proof of sufficient financial means by way of one of the options (see right side of the page)

- see "options to finance your studies"

- please submit the original and two copies

 - income proof and bank statements of last 6 months of your sponsor 

(if applicable)

- valid health insurance

- the original has to be signed
- please submit the original and one copy

You can also take out a health insurance in Germany. However, for the time period until you are settled in Germany, you have to submit a preliminary health insurance with your application.

WITH  IMMEDIATE  EFFECT: 6 months valid health insurance for a student visa:

Please note that Category „D“ national visas for students are normally issued with a validity of 3 months from the date of travel onwards to enable the passport holder to enter Germany and report at the relevant authorities (Ausländerbehörde) . For the convenience of the passport holder it is now possible to issue such a visa with the validity of 6 months, if a matching travel health insurance is provided.

Please provide the Visa Section with a travel health insurance valid for at least 6 months from your intended date of travel onwards so that a visa with a validity of 6 months may be issued, if possible.

more details

- proof of your language skills

Please provide a proof (original and two copies) of your language abilities according to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE):

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in German, tests such as

 "Zertifikat Deutsch" at least A1 level certificate or better [by Goethe-Institut (GI) or NUML

need to be presented.

However, such proofs are not necessary
- if the university you are admitted to confirms in its letter of acceptance that your language skill has been proved sufficient or

- if you can substantiate your enrolment at an intensive (=at least 20 hours a week) German language course in Germany.

If your field of studies is going to be lectured in English, tests such as TOEFL (minimum score of 550 points for the paper based test or 213 points for the computerbased test) or IELTS (Band 6.0) are required.

Please note that it lies within the discretion of the visa sections to ask for further evidence of language skills depending on the individual case.

- information about any previous visa refusals
If you have been refused a visa by an Embassy or High Commission, written explanation about reason for application and refusal letter are required.

For applicants at the Embassy only: Please provide a copy of the appointment confirmation e-mail

- including the provided booking code (e.g. "isla_588207")

Disclaimer

Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Study visa

students

Options to finance your stay

1) Blocked bank accounts

Amount of money to be blocked and proven to the visa section and the German Aliens‘ Authority (Ausländerbehörde): at least 8,640 € (effective from August 1, 2016), marked with a special condition that only a sum of 720 € will be available every month. The Embassy and Consulate General reserve the right to request a blocked amount for up to two years in particular cases.

a)  * NEW * Blocked account with UBL Bank in Pakistan, see UBL website
This account can easily be opened at most UBL branches in Pakistan on a walk-in basis. Existing accounts of close relatives can be used as well. You do not have to come to the Embassy for this. Once you have arrived in Germany, you will have to open a blocked account with a German bank and transfer the funds to your new German blocked account.
No extra formalities needed with the German Embassy or Consulate General apart from the visa application.

b)  Blocked account with Sutor Bank in Germany via: www.fintiba.com This account can be opened online only and the funds will have to be transferred to Germany before moving there.

c)  Blocked account with any other German bank For bank account forms please get in touch with the bank of your choice in Germany. Currently, only Deutsche Bank (www.deutsche-bank.de) offers the service of this type of blocked accounts for foreign students throughout Germany. If you choose Deutsche Bank, please see the information sheet below.

Information Leaflet for Students [pdf, 236.2k]
Your signature on the documents to open a blocked account has to be attested by the Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi or the Honorary Consul in Lahore For the attestation appointment please provide your passport and a black-and-white copy including page 2 / the page showing your signature.

For an appointment with the Consular Section of the Embassy please click:
here . The fee to be paid directly at the Embassy is about 2,900 PKR (25,- €), but may change due to exchange rate. Please bring the exact amount. If you do not bring the exact amount or there is no change available at the counter, you will have to make a new appointment and bring the exact amount.
Please note that you have to book the online appointment for submission of your visa application seperately.

 

In all cases:

Please note that -when opening a blocked account- you enter into an agreement with the bank and that the German Federal Foreign Office has no influence on any decisions of the financial institution nor on your relationship with the same.

2) formal obligation („Verpflichtungserklärung“, declaration of liability) according to §§ 66-68 of the German Resident's Act by a sponsor residing in Germany and with confirmed sufficient financial means. Please also bring income proof and bank statement (last 6 months) of sponsor.

 

3) German or foreign official scholarship

Please note that a scholarship awarded by a Pakistani University is not sufficient, only a scholarship awarded by HEC can be accepted.

Important !

Further documents may be required depending on the specific circumstances of your case.

A precheck of the above mentioned documents will be done by our authorised local staff at the visa counter. In case of previous applications either for visa, passport or for legalisation of documents, please mention the relevant file number in order to avoid delays. Incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

Working in Germany after graduation

According to § 16 clause 4 AufenhaltsG (German residence act), the German Alien Authorities are entitled to extend a foreign students residence permit after successfully graduating in Germany for the purpose of a job search for up to one year provided the respective vacancy may be filled with foreigners according to §§ 18 (and following) AufenthG.

Visa Fees

For applications at the Embassy Islamabad, please note that at the time of application an amount of 500,- PKR is due for returning the passports through a courier service. 
While submitting the application, you will be given a pay slip. Please take this slip to the Standard Chartered Bank, Diplomatic Enclave Branch only, and pay the visa fee. The bank will report your payment to the Embassy. A fee of 700,- PKR will be levied by the bank.
If your appointment falls on an official banking holiday,
the payment of fees cannot be settled the same day.

For applications at the Consulate General Karachi, please note that the visa fee (equivalent in PKR) has to be paid in CASH at time of submission.

Schengen visa / Short-term visa (cat. "C")

60€ (in Rupees)

Airport transit (cat. "A")

60€ (in Rupees)

National German visa (e.g. study family reunion, etc. - Long-term visa)
(cat. "D")

60€ (in Rupees)

from 1st September 2017 onwards: 75€ (in Rupees)

Children aged 0-17 for family reunion
30€ (in Rupees)

Spouses/children of citizens of the EU

exempted from visa fees