Extending the Student Visa

25/11/2019 - 16:26-26 Comments by | china flag

It’s that time of the year again when we’re going through the bureaucracy of extending our student visas. It’s always daunting and confusing the first time but later it becomes pretty simple and straight forward.

I’ve learnt that the documents and policies for extending a student visa varies slightly from state to state but this week I will write about what it’s like in Offenburg. It’s a good idea to start your application a month before your visa expires since it takes the office around a month or two to hand you your new one.

In Offenburg, we go to the ‘AusländerBüro’ for a visa extension. As of now, it is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Thursday afternoons. It used to be incredibly crowded and you had to wait for two or three hours in line before it was your turn. So it was always a nightmare going there. But recently they increased their working hours and it has become much less crowded and a bit more efficient.

For extending your visa, you need the following documents:

  • Enrollment certificate Immatrikulationsbescheinigung der Hochschule
  • Insurance certificate Krankenversicherungsnachweis
  • Accomodation contract Mietvertrag
  • Bank statement Finanzierungsnachweis
  • Passport
  • A passport photo
  • The visa extension form

Sometimes, you are also required to submit your transcript especially if you are extending the duration of your study beyond the normal duration needed to complete your studies.

The bank statement shows your transactions for the past three months and should ideally have an amount of €8800 at the time of application, however that amount seems to have gone up to €10236 in some states. In Offenburg, the office accepts a bank statement with as little as €5000. And if you have a working contract which proves you have a certain amount of stable income every month, the amount could be even lower.

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In Offenburg, there usually isn’t much of a hassle when applying for an extension – it might be because it’s a very small city and Hochschule Offenburg is the only university there is. The officers don’t have many questions to ask and once they check and accept your documents, you just need to record your fingerprints and sign some papers. The wait could be between one to two months but I have heard that the nationality of the applicant also affects the amount of time one will need to wait before receiving a new visa. For me it has always been around 4 or 5 weeks, but I do have friends who have had to wait for up to 3 months long. Tip: Apply early.

All the information in this blog post come from personal experience or that of friends’. For specific and more up-to-date information, please contact your local visa offices. Good Luck! 🍀

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    Comment by Thomasmub created 26/11/2019 - 02:16

    Germany is now getting more interest from international students who want to study in the country through study exchange visa program. Since the country not only offers top class education most universities in the country offers scholarship programs that helps students fund their tuition fee. So it’s really ideal for the international students to continue studying in Germany.

    Comment by r. duby created 05/12/2019 - 11:17

      That is entirely not true, there gatekeeping and intentional delay in getting an appointment for a student visa in none White countries especially Africa, I have booked for an appointment going to a month now with no response, if I had not made part payment for my tuition I wouldn’t bother so much.

      Comment by Kings created 15/02/2020 - 20:13

    It’s very frustrating to get a student visa appointment with the German consulate in Nigeria, I have booked since on the 30th of January and haven’t been responded to, in fact, I don’t even know my fate. If I have not paid a part of my tuition fee, I would have forgotten the whole issue of going to Germany to study, I believe the delay is intentional and there is a kind of gate-keeping, they only do this to students from third world countries or none white student applicants.

    Comment by Kings created 15/02/2020 - 20:06

      Its not all African countries with that problem. It depends on experiences with citizens of that country. In my African country visitor visa takes two days and student visa is quick too. No need for appointment too as applications are few, there’s less fraud and forgery and citizens general stick to visa conditions and rarely find themselves in trouble in foreign countries, so Embassies have less trouble making quick decisions.

      Comment by Mike created 01/05/2020 - 21:58

    Dependent on the embassy, you may also need to show proof that you don’t have a criminal record. One of the ways in which you can prove you have sufficient funds to study in Germany is by depositing a security payment into a blocked account – this means you cannot withdraw the money until after you arrive in Germany.  If you are planning to study in Germany for more than 90 days you should apply for a National Visa for the purpose of study rather than a Schengen Visa, which will only allow you to stay in Germany for three months.

    Comment by Deryacenter.Com created 02/04/2020 - 00:29

    Thank you! This is very detailed and understandable!
    I want to ask a question about the passport and documents related to it. I have read here about rule 3+3 of the validity period of a passport for entering Germany ( This means that my passport must still be valid for three months after the expiry of my visa if I understand correctly. Can this be the reason for the refusal of a visa if my passport expires in 2021 and I am going to go in September this year?

    Comment by Jamie created 15/04/2020 - 09:53

      Hi Jamie,

      unfortunately, we cannot help you in this matter. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country, because the regulations vary from one country to another. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad:
      Best wishes,
      Your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 17/04/2020 - 09:19

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    Comment by Winona created 22/05/2020 - 07:44

    Hi Rumeng,

    Till what period did you get your visa extended? Is it for 6 more months or the entire 18 months period which students get in Germany to find a job? Appreciate your reply

    Comment by Dolphy Nayak created 23/05/2020 - 14:42

      Hello Dolphy Nayak. I extended my visa for a year, since I am still a student I was not applying for the 18 month job search visa 🙂
      I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

      Comment by Rumeng created 26/05/2020 - 13:17

        Hi Everyone,

        I need urgent help!!

        My visa will expire on 13th october 2020.

        I am planning to travel on 21st sep 2020.

        Am I eligible to travel on expected date or need to travel at least one month before my long term visa gets expired?

        Best Regards,

        Comment by Gurpreet Singh created 27/08/2020 - 18:04

        Hi Gurpreet,

        You will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad: On this website you can also view the most recent visa requirements for all countries.

        You may enter Germany for study purposes, if the studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad. Therefore, it is important that the visa application centres and border officials can see from official documents of the German (host) institution that the study or doctorate requires a presence in Germany. Otherwise, visas may not be issued or entry may be refused. Please contact your (host) university in this regard.

        Best wishes,
        Your Study in Germany Team

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    Comment by Carol created 17/06/2020 - 17:53

    Please, I am an Erusmaus student with a type D visa. It will expire on 25 of August. I would want to know if it will be possible to extend my visa and how l could go about it. Thank you.

    Comment by Joana Ayisibea Takyi created 12/07/2020 - 13:24

      Hi Joana,

      unfortunately we cannot help you with visa issues. Please contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country.
      Also, you can find information for your country on the website of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany:

      Best wishes,
      Your Study in Germany Team

      Comment by Redaktion created 13/07/2020 - 09:23

      Hi jaana,
      I need same information regarding extension of my visa after completing my Erasmus program. Did you Find any way to stay there as new admission or anything like that.
      Please let me know. If you have any information how to stay in Germany after completing Erasmus.
      Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

      Comment by Malik created 12/10/2020 - 07:04

        Hi Malik,

        on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can view the most recent visa requirements for all countries:

        Best wishes,
        Your Study in Germany Team

        Comment by Redaktion created 12/10/2020 - 12:53


    I am a student in Berlin.

    I completed my voluntary internship with John Deere from 04.11.2019-30.04.2020.

    For 2020: I have already utilized my 80 full working days out of 120 full working days. Now I have 40 full working days on my hand. (Visa working days)

    I got an offer from Metro AG for the second voluntary internship (~10.09.2020 – 28.02.2021).

    I was advised by HR to get in touch with Finanzamt / Ausländerbehörde and extend working days.

    As I am new and unaware of this process can you please help me with this?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank you in advance.

    Comment by Ashwin Futane created 12/08/2020 - 11:37

      Hi Ashwin,

      you can find extensive information about working in Germany on the website: Non-EU students are allowed to work a maximum of 120 days or 240-half days per year. More details can be found on the following website:

      You could also, for example, contact one of the local student service organisations (Studentenwerke) for information about student jobs. Please search for local student service organisations via the homepage of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsches Studentenwerk) at:

      Good luck and best wishes,
      Your Study in Germany Team

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    Comment by Aspire World Immigration created 27/08/2020 - 13:22

    I need information regarding visa extension. Means I am Erasmus student in Germany for 6 months. My question is can I stay in Germany after getting new admission from any of German University. I want to stay there and apply for new admission in Germany. And please guide me the procedure.

    Comment by Malik created 12/10/2020 - 06:58


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