A residence permit is required for anyone wishing to stay in Germany for more than 90 days – including students. This is the best option for students, as a German student visa can only be used for between 3-6 months and it’s likely you’ll need to stay in the country for longer than this. Your residence permit will last two years and should be renewed in plenty of time when it’s almost expired.
Steps to take to apply for a German study visa from India
In order to apply for a German Study Visa, Indian Students need the following documents:
- Certificate of health insurance
- Valid passport
- 3 passport photos with biometric specifications
- Proof of covered finances
- Letter of admission from a German institution
- Academic certificates
- Proof of English or German language skills (if your course will be taught in German)
- Residence permit fee
You must prove that you are a student by presenting your Enrolment Letter and registering your residence within 2 weeks after arrival in Germany at the Citizens’ Office (Bürgeramt). Proving that your livelihood is secure and that you have a German health insurance is very important. The blocked amount of €8640 which is (rupi amount) will show that your living costs are fully covered for one year.
You can find more information here.
Blocked bank account
Opening a blocked bank account is a relatively simple procedure. German students usually open an account with Deutsche Bank and the process can be done online here.
This is required as part of your visa process so German authorities have proof that you have a minimum of €8,640 in your account so you can find your stay for at least the first year of your studies.
Do remember to start this process between 4-12 weeks before your semester begins in order to ensure you have allowed yourself plenty of time to access the money once you’re studies have begun.
The required amount that you put in will only be available to you once you’ve arrived in Germany.
More information can be found at the German embassy in India.
6/50G, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Working whilst studying
Many students enjoy the freedom of working whilst studying. If you are interested in this, the German government allows students from India to work, however this is limited to 120 days per year or 240 half days annually.
Please note that this includes voluntary work and foreign students cannot work as freelancers nor declare themselves to be self-employed.