Visa Application

Visa application to Germany

Germany is a member of the Schengen territories. That means visitors can enter not just Germany, but also to the other members of the Schengen territories with the Schengen visa. The following are countries you can visit with the Schengen visa – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

With the Schengen visa, visitors can enter and stay in Germany for up to 90 days. However, visitors are not allowed to work, even as a freelancer.

There are however different kinds of Schengen visa. Here are some popular ones:

Let’s take a closer look at the 3 visas which are relevant to students. Do take note of the documents which are necessary for the visa application.

Language Learning Visa

For students who plan to attend language courses in Germany. This visa cannot be converted into a student visa!

Applicants for a language learning visa are required to submit the following documents:

  • 2x completed Visa Application forms
  • 2x biometric passport-size photos (grey/white background)
  • valid passport
  • Acceptance letter from a language institute (min 20 hrs/week)
  • Curriculum vitae and proof of your academic qualifications
  • Motivation letter in English or in German
  • Means of subsistence (Normally via the opening of a limited-withdrawal bank account – Sperrkonto)

Fee: €75

Processing time: 6-8 weeks

Having proof of German proficiency during visa application will improve the chance of visa approval.

Student Visa (for preparatory language course)

For students who plan to attend a German language course in Germany with the intention of applying to a German university.

Applicants for the student visa for preparatory language course are required to submit the following documents:

  • 2x completed Residence Permit form
  • 2x recent biometric passport-size photos (grey/white background)
  • valid passport
  • Enrolment letter to a language course
  • Confirmation or conditional admission letter from university (if received)
  • Motivation letter to study at a German university
  • Proof of your past academic qualification/educational certificates in English or with a German translation
  • Proof of language proficiency in which the course will be conducted
  • Means of subsistence totalling €8640 a year. (Normally via the opening of a limited-withdrawal bank account – Sperrkonto)
  • Travel insurance valid for Germany (to be submitted during collection of the visa). In order to obtain your student permit from the Immigration Office in Germany, you will have to show your health insurance.

Fee: €75

Processing time: 6-8 weeks

Having proof of German proficiency during visa application will improve the chance of visa approval.

Student Visa

For students who have an offer letter from a German university. A German student visa is issued for a period of 90 days. Once in Germany, students will have to make an appointment with the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in the city where the university is located to apply for a Residence Permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung).

Applicants are required to be at the German embassy during the visa appointment. Here’s the list of documents for a German student visa application:

  • 2x completed Residence Permit form
  • 2x recent biometric passport-size photos (grey/white background)
  • valid passport
  • University Admission Letter “Zulassungsbescheinigung”. Do print out the Admission letter if you received it via email.
  • Proof of your past academic qualification/educational certificates in English or with a German translation
  • Proof of language proficiency in which the course will be conducted
  • Means of subsistence totalling €8640 a year. (Normally via the opening of a limited-withdrawal bank account – Sperrkonto)
  • Travel insurance valid for Germany (to be submitted during collection of the visa). In order to obtain your student permit from the Immigration Office in Germany, you will have to show your health insurance.

Fee: €75

Processing time: 6-8 weeks

Disclaimer

Please note that the above documents are compiled according to the visa requirements by German Embassy Kuala Lumpur. Additional documents may be required for the visa application and you might be called for an interview. For complete information regarding visa application, please visit their homepage. If you do not reside in Malaysia or are not from Malaysia, please refer to the German Embassy in your home country or country of residency.