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Prepare your studies in Germany in eight easy steps

Important Information for Master, doctoral and post-doctorate Students, scholarship holders and certain highly skilled professionals!
Certain applicants can now submit their application for a German National Visa directly at the Service Provider VFS Global, thus skipping the wait time for an interview appointment at the German Mission.
If you hail from the jurisdiction of the German Embassy in New Delhi or the German Consulate General in Mumbai, and you

- want to pursue doctoral, post-doctorate or Master studies and have a binding, unconditional admission letter from a German University or
- have been awarded a full scholarship by an official German Institution for higher studies in Germany or
- have a binding contract for a highly qualified employment in Germany and a binding approval letter issued by the competent German labor Authorities -“ZAV-Zustimmung”- (applicants and dependants from the New Delhi Embassy jurisdiction only)

you can schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the Visa Application Centre in New Delhi or in Mumbai.

Note: Applications will still be processed by the German Mission itself! An interview at the Mission might still be necessary in case of further questions or unclear documentation. The Service Provider (VFS) will neither be able to provide status updates or a success forecast for the applications.

For further information, please visit the VFS Global Website and follow the procedure described below, as applicable.
If you do not meet the above criteria, for example if you want to pursue Bachelor studies, or are applying for preparatory classes (also language classes) with the intent of entering a German University later, you have to submit your application directly at the competent German Mission. Please note that any applicant who does not meet the above mentioned criteria and schedules an appointment at one of the mentioned Application Centres will not be attended, losing valuable time and means.

Please note: In order to ensure your timely arrival in Germany, you should schedule your appointment at the competent German Mission as early as possible. Due to restricted slots and high demand, it may well take several weeks between scheduling and the actual date of your interview at the German Mission.

STEP 1:

Choose your university in Germany

Tip: In many Indian cities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides - free of cost - counselling on universities for students who want to study in Germany.

Please note: No VISA queries can be answered by DAAD!

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STEP 2:

Start with the enrollment process

For enrollment at the university, you will require certified copies of your academic mark sheets and certificates. You can obtain these certified copies at the German Missions. Please schedule your appointment here.

STEP 3:

Open your blocked account

As part of your student visa application, you are required to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your living costs in Germany. One option to fulfil this requirement is to open a blocked account at a branch of Kotak Mahindra Bank in India. You can also open a blocked account at a bank in Germany, although only two German banks currently offer this service.
Information on blocked accounts

STEP 4:

As soon as you have received the admission letter from your German university, please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the Checklist for Student Visa

STEP 5:

Kindly procure photos which meet biometric photo requirements. These photos can be obtained, among others, at the following photo studios:

City

Photo studio

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

VFS: Tel. 0120-664 1070

STEP 6:

Please fill out the application form, print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents.

To complete your documentation, please print out the following declaration and sign it:
Declaration on true and complete information

STEP 7:

Now you can schedule an appointment for your visa interview at your German Mission.

STEP 8:

Shortly before your appointment, please verify the current exchange rate for your visa fee on this website and obtain the Demand Draft.

The visa fee has to be paid at the time of the visa interview.

Demand Drafts with incorrect amounts will not be accepted. Please note that the fee is not refundable, even when the visa is rejected.

Information on Demand Drafts
The German Missions accept Demand Drafts from all nationalised banks.
Please make sure that the Demand Draft is issued as follows:

CityIssued in favour ofPayable in
New DelhiEmbassy of the Federal Republic of Germany,
New Delhi
New Delhi
BangaloreConsulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
Bangalore
Bangalore
 ChennaiConsulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
Chennai
 Chennai
 KolkataConsulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
Kolkata
 Kolkata
MumbaiConsulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,
Mumbai

Mumbai

The Demand Draft must not be older than 2 months.

For Applicants from Mumbai

Please fill out the Demand Draft form and submit it together with your Demand Draft.

Demand Draft Form

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