Blocked Account for people under 18
Many countries have different rules for minors, especially when it comes to bureaucratic matters. This also applies to the blocked account, which in Germany cannot be opened by minors alone without further permission. With Fintiba you can now easily open your blocked account from everywhere. All you need is your parents to open the account for you. You can then use this account which is approved by all German embassies to obtain your visa for Germany.
Please note: There are two preconditions to open an account for a minor:
- The passport of one of your parents should be eligible for video legitimation. Find out if their passport is eligible via the tool below.
- Your parent must speak English or German in order to complete the video legitimation successfully.
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Good to know before opening a blocked account
FAQ for students:
As your parents will open the blocked account for you, they will also be the holders of the account and will be able to manage it for you. This process is agreed upon with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The money remains in your blocked account until your arrival in Germany. Once you are in Germany, you can have your monthly blocked amount paid out to a current account, for which there are the following options.
- If both your parents arrive with you in Germany – they can open a current account in your name in a bank of your choice.
- If only one of your parents arrives with you in Germany – he or she can open a basic account in their name. Important – this should be the parent who is also the Fintiba account holder!
- Your parents can open a bunq account for you in your name from abroad (if one of them already has a bunq account). Here is more information on how to open a bunq account for minors and a list of eligible countries.
- One of your parents can open a WISE multi-currency account from abroad in their name. Important – this should be the parent who is also the Fintiba account holder. Find out if your country is eligible here.
In general, we advise you to take enough cash with you to Germany.
The account holders of your blocked account are your legal guardians and all account orders must be initiated by them via the app. However, you can receive account information by phone if your parents give their consent during the process. Otherwise, your parents will receive all account information via email.
If you are still under 18 years of age when you want to initiate the extension process, simply start the extension from your account in the Fintiba app by heading over to the blocked account card.
If you are already 18 by the time you want to extend the Blocked Account, your parent must initiate the process from the original account in the Fintiba app. In addition, you must now create your own Blocked Account as well. We will then connect the already running original Blocked Account with the newly created account.
FAQ for parents:
The only documents you need for the opening process is your passport and the passport of your child.
Please note that the video legitimation process is only available in English or German.
For the video legitimation, you need the original passport that was used to open your Fintiba account. Also note that access to the mobile phone number used during the start of your video legitimation must be guaranteed.
- To start the legitimation, log in to your Fintiba account and go to “Profile”. There you can click on “Video Legitimation” to start the call. A new tab through WebID will open upon your click.
- During the call, you should ensure a good internet connection and good lighting in the room, so you and your passport are clearly visible. It is important that you answer the questions by yourself during the video call. You will be asked for your E-mail and Phone number to receive a code, which you should write on the respective field you will see on your screen to successfully complete the video legitimation!
You as parents are the account holder and are responsible for all orders. If your child would like to have information about the account, you can leave your consent in the process so that he/she can receive information about his/her account by phone.
No, the blocked account cannot be used to pay the monthly rent and other expenses. The blocked account serves to secure the living expenses of a foreign student while studying in Germany. Therefore, the money from the blocked account is not directly accessible.
You can open the account as soon as you know when your child’s visa appointment is. We usually open the account within 10 minutes if all documents are uploaded correctly. If the money is transferred as quickly as possible, the blocking confirmation can be issued within a few days. Depending on the video legitimation process, it may take a few more days to activate the account and issue the blocking confirmation.
Which health insurance would I need for my stay in Germany?
The health insurance system in Germany is one of the most effective worldwide. The system is based on two types of health insurances – the statutory health insurance (also referred to as governmental health insurance or public health insurance) and private health insurance.
Since citizens from outside of the EU member states are not able to remain insured with their home country’s health insurance, they need to cover themselves with German health insurance.
Depending on your individual situation, you may be eligible for either private or statutory health insurance. Please note that for the minor’s account, health insurance options can currently only be acquired in addition to the blocked account and not within the Fintiba Plus package.