You need to start the process of Visa Application at least 3 months prior to the intended date of traveling to Germany. The following guide will help you prepare the application.

Step 1: Getting your academic documents certified: Please see the procedure required to book an appointment for getting your mark-sheets and academic certificates attested depending on the area where you are from:

Step 2: Open a Block Account with Deutsche Bank. Follow the document titled Blocked Account for the guidelines for the same. Remember that the process of opening a blocked account takes 4-6 weeks, so make sure you initiate the process as early as possible.

Students applying from Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh need to follow additional instructions, which are provided in the document titled TTPA.

Step 3: As soon as you receive the Admission Letter from your University, start collecting all your documents. The list of documents that you require is provided in the document titled Student Visa Checklist for Student Visa.

Along with the documents mentioned in the document, you also need to get a Travel Health Insurance. Please find the list of valid insurance providers in the document titled Travel Insurance Providers.

Step 4: Procure photographs for biometric process which meet the specifications mentioned in the document titled Photograph Specifications.

You can visit the following photo studios for obtaining the photographs:

  1. New Delhi: “Reflections” Digital Photoshop,
    Shop No. 25, NDMC Market, Malcha Marg
    New Delhi 110021
    Tel: 0091-11-9910272944, 0091-11-99 68 00 85 87

      2. Bangalore: All branches of GK Vale photo studios

      3.Chennai: DINA COLOURLAB
53/1 CP Ramaswamy Road
Chennai 600 018
Tel. 0120-2499 7239
VFS: Tel. 0120-664 1070

       4.Mumbai: Atlanta Photo Shop – Atlanta Bldg.,
Shop No. 7, Ground Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021.
Tel.: (022) 2204 2762, 2287 2587, 4002 0130
Fax: (022) 3022 8484

Step 5: Fill in the application form document titled German National Visa Application Form and sign the document titled Declaration of True Information.

Students applying from Kolkata also need to have a look at two additional documents titled Checklist for Kolkata Students and Covering Letter for Kolkata.

Step 6: Book an appointment for the Visa Interview at your German Mission by following the link:

Step 7: Before the interview, check the exchange rate, and accordingly prepare a demand draft in Rs. equivalent to 60€ i.e. the Visa fee. The demand draft is to be submitted at the time of the Visa Interview. Make sure to keep the payment receipt as you would require it at the time of Passport collection.