German Consulate Mumbai Suggests Do’s and Don’ts for Indian Student Visa Applicants to Study in Germany

More than 33,000 Indian students study in Germany, according to DAAD India | Unsplash

Although more than 33,000 Indian students make Germany their study destination, concerns about false papers, including residence documents and language certificates, remain among members of the German mission in India.

German Ambassador to India Philipp Ackerman had said in an interview that around 15% of such applications from Indian students turned out to be falsified, opening them up to further scrutiny during the review process.

In an effort to address concerns about these documents, while suggesting changes and a specific process to follow, the German Consulate in Mumbai has recommended some do’s and don’ts for Indian students to follow when applying for their student visa from prominent institutions in Germany. Here are a few:

Student Visa Application Dos and Don’ts

To do

  • Follow the checklist.

  • Check the exact claim amount before submitting your claim.

  • Open a blocked account according to the amount specified on our website.

  • Apply in the respective jurisdiction where you live.

  • Sign your application and have two sets of all required documents ready on the day of submission.

Not to do

  • Do not blindly trust visa officers.

  • Do not look for checklists and information on other websites or social media platforms other than the official German Consulate General website and our official social media pages (@GermanyinMumbai)

  • Do not go to the Consulate without an appointment.

  • Do not question pending documents that are requested of you. The Consulate will only request the documents essential to the processing of your application.

  • Don’t compare your case with that of a friend. Each case is individual and other requirements may apply to you.

The amount in an escrow account required for all student applications has increased to EUR 934.00 per month, or EUR 11,208 per year, effective October 1, 2022, following changes to the German Federal Law on the training aid (BAföG) regulations which entered into force on 1 August 2022.

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