Citizens from other countries are required to apply for a residence and work permit before entering Germany. They can get their work permit at their German consulate.
The visa process consists following three stages:
Stage 1: The Residence Permit application is received by the German embassy.
Stage 2: The immigration office and the local employment office (the Arbeitsamt) make a decision.
Stage 3: Upon approval, the Embassy provides an entry visa to the candidate.
Above all, international students are required to hold an entry visa upon their arrival in Germany. These can be obtained from the German diplomatic mission of resident’s country.
Students who wants to pursue an under graduation or a post graduation course should apply for a National visa.
Documents need to carry by the time of obtaining a Visa:
- Proof of admission from the respective German university
- Evidence of Health Insurance Coverage
- Proof of previous academic achievement
- Scores of German language proficiency
- Proof of financial resources
Applicants who have not received notification of admission from a German university can apply for a temporary applicant visa. This will be valid for three months and we can convert this to a residence permit after we receive notification of admission from the university.
Another possible way is a language course visa. But this visa is only valid for the duration of the language course and cannot be converted into a Student visa.