Are you a counselor for students who are looking to start studying in Germany as of September 2019? Then their student visa application needs to start now if it hasn’t already.
But before we go any further, it’s worth answering another question. Do your students need a visa? In some cases, the answer will be no.
As with health insurance above, if your school is based in an EU/EEA country and then your students don’t need to apply for a German student visa.
North American/Asia Pacific students
This isn’t applicable to students from all countries in these regions. But if your students are submitting applications from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan or South Korea, they don’t need a student visa. Instead, they will have to apply for a residence permit within two weeks of starting their degree course.
South America/Central American students
Students from some South American and Central American countries will only have to apply for a German student visa if they plan to work in Germany before or after university. Students based in Honduras, Andorra, Brazil and El Salvador only need a student visa if they plan on working after their degree. (Taiwan and Monaco are two other countries where this is the case).
German university applicants from any other country in the world will have to apply for a student visa before enrolling on their degree course.
What’s required for a German student visa?
In order to qualify for their visa, your students will need to include evidence of the following:
- A valid passport.
- Proof that they possess health insurance.
- Proof of sufficient financial resources.
- Letter of acceptance from a German university.
- Proof of academic records.
- Certificate of German language proficiency.