Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.
Table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Germany
How to apply?
Citizens of Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit after entering Germany without a visa.
Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a residence permit prior to entry at the German Embassy or the German Consulate.
You have to submit your application in person. Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländeramt) responsible for your intended place of residence in Germany. Student visa applications take about 25 days to be processed.After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority, the Embassy and the Conuslate General will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa. The Aliens' Authority requires all residence permit holders to register upon their first arrival. A final residence permit for the duration of your studies will be granted in Germany after arrival.
|1||two fully completed application forms (for long term visa) and required declaration in duplicate|
|2||two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)|
If you wish to receive your Passport with your Visa by mail:
|4||valid national passport with at least two blank visa-pages and two copies|
|5||original of valid Japanese residence card, re-entry permit and one copy|
letter of acceptance of a German university/language school/college and two copies
In case of exchange programm, certificate of enrollment of japanese University and one copy
For the residence permit to be issued proof of sufficient funds of at least € 861,- per month for the whole stay up to one year needs to be provided.
From 1 January 2021, the presumed annual requirement that must be paid into the blocked account when applying for a visa will increase to 10,332 euros. This increased amount applies to all visa applications submitted from 1 November 2020.
Please also fill in the attached confirmation.
The following documents are usually accepted:
2. bank statement
|8||Visa fee (75 EUR, payable in Japanese yen according to the official exchange rate on the date of application)|
Please note: In individual cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.
Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.