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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.

Visa Needed?


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 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.

Required Documents

Documents
1

one Web-version application form ( application form for Schengen Visa )

and two fully completed application forms( for long term visa ) and required declaration in duplicate

2two passport photographs (strict requirements, see details)
3valid national passport and two copies
4original of valid Japanese residence card, re-entry permit and one copy
5letter of acceptance of a German university/language school/college and two copies
6

For the residence permit to be issued proof of sufficient funds of at least € 720,- per month for the whole stay up to one year needs to be provided.   The following documents are usually accepted:
1.    Proof of scholarship (e.g. from a university or foundation)
2.    blocked account in Germany that only allows to be taken out up to 720  € per month. The account must hold sufficient funds for the whole stay up to one year. For example for a stay of 6 months 6 x € 720 = € 4.320 for a stay of one year or longer € 8.640 need to be paid into the account.
Blocked accounts are offered by many banks or financial institutions in Germany. The following institutions also offer the possibility to open a blocked account from abroad (i.e. before entering Germany):

Fintiba

X-Patrio

Deutsche Bank

blocked account

7Visa 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.

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