A German language course visa is the type of educational visa issued for foreigners intending to complete an intensive language course lasting 3-12 months. The courses the visa applicants are expected to complete shall contain a minimum of 18 hours of lessons each week.

Language course visa can be extended in some cases for up to one year if the intention of attending the course is not to pursue further education in Germany.

With a German language course visa you can:

  • partake in an intensive German language course
  • require an extension of the visa, if the German language courses will not be followed by full-time studies – the extension shall be offered for up to 1 year (counted as of the day of arrival in Germany)

With a German language course visa you can’t:

  • convert it into a student or student applicant visa
  • change it into a work permit
  • undertake any gainful employment
  • start university studies
  • apply for university admission

If you decide to continue your studies directly after the Language course you will have to return to your home country to apply for a Germany student visa. It is not possible to apply for a Student Visa/Permit while you are in Germany.

A German Language Course Visa’s validity is up to the length of the course that can be three months up to one year and it CANNOT be extended further while in Germany.

Which are the recognized certifications for studies?

Recognized certifications are received upon successfully passing one of the following examinations:

  • Test of German as a Foreign Language (TestDaF)
  • Goethe Institute German Language Diploma (GDS)
  • German Language Diploma of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Level II (DSD)

Which are the requirements to apply for a German Language course visa?

Documents required to apply for a German language course visa are:

  • Two duly completed visa application forms
  • A valid passport (with minimum 3 months validity period following your planned date of return and not older than 10 years, containing at least two empty visa pages)
  • Confirmed registration in the language course, or, certificate of enrollment (the course must contain at least 18 hours/week of classes)
  • Proof of financial means “Finanzierungsnachweis” – €10,332 per year (Submit any of the following documents):
    • Personal financial statements of the last three months,
    • Scholarship award certificate,
    • A fixed deposit statement with blocked account. One of the easiest and the fastest way to open a German Blocked Account is through Fintiba/Sutor Bank. The blocked account provided by Fintiba is accepted by German embassies/consulates all around the world.
  • A letter of Commitment by someone hosting you and they live in Germany
    • A letter of declaration from parents – declaring their will to financially support their child for the period of their stay in Germany, as well as their salary slips or their bank account transactions over the past 6 months.
  • Health Insurance for language Course students– coverage for the entire period of stay in Germany.
  • Two recently taken portrait photographs
  • Three photocopies of the passport ID pages
  • Copies of the earlier Schengen visas (if applicable)
  • A motivational letter for attending the language course
  • Proof of accommodation – for the complete stay
  • An official letter of leave from the employer (signed and stamped) – for employees
  • Proof of a paid visa fee – 60 Euro

During the first week from entering Germany is registering their address there at the “Bürgerbüro”- residence registration offices. In such case, the visa holder has to show the confirmation of attendance in minimum 18 hours of the course lessons, as well as evidence of covered health insurance, as well as evidence of having enough money for the entire visa period.

If you need any assistance regarding German Language Course or study visa then you can contact RED Embassay Counsellor for more details.

Add Your Comment

Send this to a friend