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.

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Student Visa

Note

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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Language Course

Language Course Visa

Whether to enter a university or search for potential job opportunities in Germany, it is often required to have an appropriate German language proficiency. For such purpose, there is a possibility to apply for the Language Course Visa and study in Germany for up to one year. It is considered to be the fastest and most efficient way to improve your German language skills. However, it is normally recommended to have some prior knowledge (at least A1 language level) before coming to Germany. 

Please note that the course you choose must contain a minimum of 18 hours of classes per week.

How to obtain this type of visa?

  • Register in a language school

    • Receive a confirmation letter of language course registration 
  • Collect all of the required documents

    • Two duly completed visa application forms
    • Three recently taken biometric photographs
    • Valid traveling and internal passports
    • Language school registration certificate
    • Certificates of earlier education
    • Language certificates (German and/or English)
    • Letter of motivation about the language course
    • Accommodation proof for the entire stay
    • Proof of financial resources (i.e blocked account)
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance
    • Birth certificate and letter of permission from parents (only for minors)
    • 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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Job-seeker

Job-Seeker Visa

German migration laws allow foreigners to obtain a national visa with the purpose of a job search. A job-seeker is able to stay in Germany for up to 6 months and search for employment opportunities with accordance to his/her degree and profession. It is important that the job-seeker holds a university degree that is accepted by German authorities (you can check your degree status at the Anabin database).

A contract with a German company will allow the migrant to apply for a long-term working permit. In case the job search was unsuccessful and the job-seeker was not able to provide German authorities with a contract, he/she has to return back to the home country for the duration of the initial job search visa. 

Important

Pay attention that a job seeker visa does not allow you to actually work in Germany. You can only look for a job and network with potential employees.

How to obtain this type of visa?

  • Check that your university degree is accepted in Germany

    • Go to Anabin and check if both your university and program are accepted by German authorities
    • Make an official translation of your diploma to German
  • If your diploma is not yet in the database

    • You can make an official request to German authorities to legitimate it
  • Collect all of the required documents

    • Two duly completed visa application forms
    • Three recently taken biometric photographs
    • Valid traveling and national passports
    • Translated Bachelor or Master diploma
    • Anabin acceptance confirmation for your diploma
    • Curriculum Vitae in German along with certificates of previous work experience
    • Language certificates (German and/or English)
    • Motivation letter
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Proof of financial resources (i.e. blocked account)
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance
  • Make 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
  • Travel to Germany

    • Enjoy your stay 🙂
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Au-pair

Au-Pair Visa

The Au-Pair program is getting more and more popular among young people willing to get an experience of living abroad. The name of it comes from French and basically means “mutual”,  since the program is mutually beneficial for every party that is involved.

Au Pair participants live in foreign families for a year and help with household tasks and childcare. During this period they are considered to be rightful members of the host family and are provided with accommodation, food and pocket money. Moreover, as the main purpose of the program is cultural exchange, Au-Pairs as well have an opportunity to improve their language skills. 

Requirements for participants of the program:

  • Age range from 18 to 27 years old
  • Basic knowledge of German
  • The participant can not be married or have own kids

How to obtain this type of visa?

  • Get accepted to the program

    • Find a family to work for
    • Receive a signed contract and invitation letter
  • Collect all of the required documents

    • Two duly completed visa application forms
    • Three recently taken biometric photographs
    • Valid traveling and internal passports
    • Signed Au Pair contract 
    • Invitation letter from the host family
    • German language certificates
    • Letter of motivation
    • Proof of financial resources (when not covered by the family or requested by the embassy)
    • Proof of sufficient health insurance (when not covered by the family or requested by the embassy)
    • 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.

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