Visa for Germany

get to know the process behind your visa application!

Foreigners who wish to stay in Germany for more than 90 days need to apply for a visa, whether if it’s for visiting a relative, studying, working, family reunion or other occasions. Applying for a visa can be done through German embassies, consulates and in other cases through immigration authorities.

We have analysed the main visa application procedures and are ready to guide you through this complicated process whether you are coming to Germany as an international student, language student, job-seeker or an au-pair. Please understand that rules may differ in some individual cases.


It is important that you apply for the correct visa! You should not apply for a tourist or language course visa. They cannot be converted into a student visa and you will therefore be forced to leave the country at some point of your stay to apply for the correct visa at home.

Student Visa

If you have received your notification of admission to a university or a foundation course (Studienkolleg), you should apply for a student visa to come to Germany. Student visas are usually valid for three months.
After arriving in Germany, you will need to go to the foreigners’ authority at your study location in order to convert your student visa into a residence permit for study purposes.

Student Applicant Visa

Are you not yet accepted by a German university? Then you should apply for a student applicant visa. This three-month visa allows you to meet the requirements for admission to a German university. If you find that three months is not long enough, you may extend your visa to a maximum of six months. If you are admitted to the university or foundation course within this period, you may apply for a student visa.

How to obtain this type of visa?

  • Figure out your visa type

    Decide if you are going to apply for student or student applicant visa

  • Collect all of the required documents

    • Two duly completed visa application forms
    • Three recently taken biometric photographs
    • Valid traveling and internal passports
    • University admission letter (language school registration/ proof of submitting university application)
    • Certificates of earlier education
    • Language certificates (German and/or English)
    • Letter of motivation
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Proof of financial resources (i.e blocked account)
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance
    • Proof of paid visa fee
  • Schedule an appointment at the embassy

    • Please take into account that it is better to make an appointment in advance
    • Come to the embassy on time and apply for your visa
    • Get your visa
  • Travel to Germany

    • Enjoy your stay ?

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The process behind your application

Processing a visa application involves cooperation between the Federal Office of Administration, Foreigners Authority, and many other agencies. The main aim of the process is to check the applicant’s data in various registers, and agencies. This cooperation is necessary for the Federal Office of Administration to comprehensively provide the diplomatic missions with a decision-making basis, so the appropriate decision will be taken on the visa applications they have received. In addition, under the Visa Code, prior to issuing a Schengen visa, the Schengen partners will be consulted on the Visa Consultation Process in accordance with their security interests, and questions about entries and security will be asked.

On average, about every 10 seconds, the foreign agencies make a request to the BVA (Federal Office of Administration), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every year, more than 2 million visa applications are processed in the BVA, most of them fully automatic within a few seconds. The complexity of the German visa procedure requires the use of state-of-the-art technology to meet the high standards of efficiency and process reliability. For this purpose, a biometric method is used for photo recognition as well as an alphanumeric search method.