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What documents do I need?
NOTE: Please do not staple or fold any documents. The submission of complete documents does not constitute a claim to the issue of a visa, but enables the visa office to check the legal requirements. In individual cases, further documents not mentioned here may also be required. You will be informed about this after the application has been submitted and will be given a reasonable period of time to submit them.
For foreign civil status certificates and other public certificates please check on the website of the German mission in the issuing state whether any formal steps must be taken in order for the document to be accepted by German authorities (i.e. legalization, apostille). The legalization can generally only be done by the German mission in the country where the document was issued.
Please fill in the online application form for each applicant and print it out from here: https://videx-national.diplo.de/ From the age of 18 you sign the form yourself; in the case of children the parent or legal guardian sign it.
You pay the visa fee at the visa section in cash. Change cannot be given. The fee is usually 75,00 Euro; for children from 0 to 17 years: usually 40,00 Euro.
Please submit a passport for each applicant. The passport(s) must be valid and there have to be at least two empty pages. Please also submit a copy of the passport data page(s) (page with photo and validity dates) for each family member.
One passport photo for each applicant. The photo must be biometric and not older than 6 months. They must be 35 x 45 millimetres. You can find more information on biometric photos here.
Please fill in, print out and sign the address confirmation and e-mail consent.
After your application has been processed, we will send your passport and other original documents via UPS to the indicated address.
WARNING: If your (e-mail-)addresses change during the application procedure, please inform us immediately. Otherwise, we can not ensure that your documents or important information with regard to your application reach you.
If available: Turkish residence permit or visa. Please submit the original document and one copy. If you have a residence permit, please copy front and back side.
Proof of the general university entrance qualification for Germany by presenting one copy of the corresponding confirmation by Uni-Assist, or alternatively presenting all relevant documents required on the ANABIN website (depends on your graduation country).
If applying as a study applicant: Please also submit one copy of your university applications and pre-registrations to German universities.
If applying as a vocational training applicant: Evidence of your preparations for the search (e.g. applications made), one copy.
If applying as study applicant: German or English langauge certificate as proof of sufficient knowledge of the language of planned studies, depends on the study subject, normally on B2 level. Please submit the original document and one copy.
If applying as vocational training applicant (Berufsausbildung): German language certificate on (at least) B1 level. Please submit the original document and one copy.
Only German language certificates based on standardised language tests in accordance with the standards of the Association of Language Testers (ALTE) can be accepted. This currently applies to certificates from the following providers - irrespectively of the place where you did the exam.
You must currently be able to prove that you have 1.027 Euros per month at your disposal for 9 months if study applicant or 6 months if vocational training applicant. The following options are all equally available:
- Scholarship from German or European funds (for example DAAD): Scholarship confirmation stating period and scholarship amount. Please submit the original document and one copy. If the scholarship does not fully cover the necessary monthly amount, please refer to the information below about how to prove funding for the gap.
- Payment of a security deposit into a blocked account in Germany. Please submit one copy of the blocked bank account confirmation.
- Formal obligation („Verpflichtungserklärung“) in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Residence Act which has been submitted to a German aliens' authority. The declaration of commitment must contain the note „solvency proven“ (Bonität nachgewiesen) and the indication of the purpose of stay (language classes or studies). Please submit the original document and one copy.
If first time student/trainee: School graduation certificate. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Please submit the original document and one copy.
If not first time student/trainee: If you are studying at the moment or have studied before: current student certificate, proof of academic achievements, if applicable: diplomas. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Please submit the original document and one copy.
If applicable: Proof of occupation after school / university graduation. Please bring German translations of all foreign language documents. Only English language documents do not need to be translated. Please submit the original document and one copy.
One copy of a self-written letter of motivation and one copy of your curriculum vitae (complete and listed in tabular form).
One copy of the insurance confirmation. For study applicants: validity of 6 months, for vocational training applicants: validity of 9 months.