VFS Checklist for Germany Visa

VFS Process, updated solution of traditional Visa procedure, is formed in your way to give you hassle-free visa for Germany. The VFS process helps to reduce the unnecessary effort of documentation, legalities & time consumption and give you easy and quick visa solution in Germany.

So before applying for Germany, checkout some important VFS checklist for Germany visa.

Before filling out the application form (step 5) and booking an appointment (step 6), please prepare the following documentation for your student visa:

valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and with at least 12 months validity left after thereturn)
1 copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)
3 passport pictures according to biometric specifications
cover letter from applicant explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay
letter of admisssion from German university (electronic version)
proof of payment of study fees, if applicable
proof of language proficiency in English and/or German (ONLY if course is taught in German)
proof of other academic qualifications, if applicable
proof of financial means to cover the costs for the time of your studies by one of the following
- confirmation of scholarship/ stipend
- “Verpflichtungserklärung” (formal obligation letter) by sponsor living in Germany
When applying for visa, you can provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs by
opening a blocked bank account. You have free choice of provider. To the best of the
Embassy/Consulate General’s knowledge, the Kotak Mahindra Bank and Cox and Kings Financial
Services Limited offers blocked accounts in India that meet the requirements of the visa procedure.
Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreign Office


You cannot withdraw more than 853 Euros* per month from a blocked account. This is applicable from
01.09.2019. However, especially at the beginning of your stay, you might be required to spend more
than 853* Euros in a month (e.g. to pay a deposit when renting a room or an apartment). It is therefore
highly recommended to make sure that you have access to sufficient financial means according to your
individual situation.

(*This amount will change to 853 Euros w.e.f. 01.09.2019)
travel health insurance covering the period from your departure to the date of enrolment at the
university (mentioned in your letter of admission) (approx. 3 months)

Please prepare two identical application sets with the above-mentioned documents and bring your original certificates along.

Please note that the German Consulate General reserves the right to ask for additional documents or the verification of certificates, for which additional fees would be charged.

As your application will be forwarded to the competent immigration authoritites in Germany, the processing of your application will take six to eight weeks. You are therefore advised to apply well in advance of the proposed beginning of your studies.

The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee that a visa is granted. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to appear for a visa interview may result in the rejection of your application.

Please return to our website and continue with step 5 of the application process.

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