Congratulations on being admitted into a German University!
It will take a minimum of 40 days to get a German Visa. Visa dates are easily available, but to be safe, you should start the Visa process as soon as possible.
Here is a Step-wise account of the process for your convenience:
#1 Blocked Account Opening
As part of your student visa application, you are required to provide the proof of sufficient funds to cover your living expenses in Germany. You can open a blocked account at Deutsche Bank in India or Germany or at a branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank in India.
Option 1: The German Visa process needs a Blocked account to be opened in Deutsche Bank and Euros 8,640 to be remitted to that account. For those of you in Bangalore, visit Deutsche Bank at Raheja Towers, 26-27, M. G. Road, Bangalore 560 001. For those of you living in other cities, a simple Google search will help you locate a branch of Deutsche Bank in your city.
Option 2: You can open the account directly with Deutsche bank by downloading the application form and getting the application attested by the German Consulate and send it to the address mentioned in the application. To attest the document at the Consulate, you need to make an appointment with the Consulate.
Option 3: You can contact any branch of Kotak Mahindra in India and ask them to open a blocked account for your student visa. You will have to present proof of opening such an account at the time of applying for your visa. After having arrived in Germany, you can request Kotak Mahindra Bank to transfer the full deposited amount into a blocked account at any local bank in Germany. Please submit the e-mail confirmation regarding the activation of your blocked account and the transferred amount of at least 8,640 Euros at your visa interview.
#2 Health Insurance and Travel Insurance
Health Insurance and Travel Insurance are essential steps in your visa application process.
Visit www.deutscheinsurance.com, and fill and submit the form. For any questions, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose DAK as the insurance provider.
#3 Visa Photograph
Here is a list of recommended photo studios. Don’t forget to let them know that you are going to Germany on a Student visa, as the photograph has to be Bio-metric.
|New Delhi||“Reflections” Digital Photoshop, Shop No. 25, NDMC Market, Malcha Marg, New Delhi 110021, Tel: 0091-11-9910272944, 0091-11-99 68 00 85 87|
|Bangalore||All branches of GK Vale photo studios|
|Chennai||DINA COLOURLAB, 53/1 CP Ramaswamy Road, Abhiramapuram, Chennai 600 018, Tel. 0120-2499 7239|
|Mumbai||Atlanta Photo Shop – Atlanta Bldg., Shop No. 7, Ground Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021. Tel.: (022) 2204 2762, 2287 2587, 4002 0130, e-mail: atlantaphotoshop(at)yahoo.in|
#4 Visa Application Form
Visit this website to download a visa application form. Take a print-out and submit it, along with other documents, when you go for your visa interview.
#5 Demand Draft for Visa Fee
The visa fee has to be paid by Demand Draft at the time of the visa interview.
2-3 days before your appointment, please verify the current exchange rate for your visa fee on this website and obtain the Demand Draft.
Demand Drafts with incorrect amounts will not be accepted. Fees cannot be paid in cash. Please note that the fee is not refundable, even when the visa is rejected.
Please make sure that the Demand Draft is issued as follows:
|City||Issued in favor of||Payable in|
|New Delhi||Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi||New Delhi|
|Bangalore||German Consulate General, Bangalore||Bangalore|
|Chennai||Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chennai||Chennai|
|Kolkata||Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata||Kolkata|
|Mumbai||Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai||Mumbai|
#6 Document Checklist
Click here to download the list of documents required for a German visa. For an idea of what to include in your cover letter, have a look at these guidelines. You can download the declaration form here.
Do take a printout of the same and start preparing.
#7 Visa Appointment
As soon as your documents are ready, you need to make an appointment with the German consulate in Bangalore using this url.
References: Please visit this url for more information.