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Extending the Student Visa

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.

It’s always daunting and confusing the first time but later it becomes pretty simple and straight forward.

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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.

A student visa form
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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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Hello, I don‘t have a blocked account but rather have a formal obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung) from my aunt who lives here in germany. In my case, what would I show for bank statement? Show I submit my sponsor‘s bank statements instead?

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Hi Astrid, when applying for a visa, you will have to prove that you have enough money to support yourself. Applicants need to prove that they have around 10,332 euros (since 01.01.2021) at their disposal for one year. Learn more here: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/requirements/proof-of-financing/. For binding information or get an answer to the question how to proceed in your case, you will need to contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country. Best wishes, 👋🇩🇪 Your SiG-Team

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I am on semester break and my german student visa expired. Can I apply for a student visa from India again? Will I get it ? What is the process?

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I am going to submit my thesis in October and my visa is also expiring in same month so can some one help how can i convert it to job seeker. As my result is Failed and I will give exam again.

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Hi Jaya, The Study in Germany team is not responsible for visa regulations. For more and binding information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. With a degree from a German university, you have numerous job opportunities in the German labour market. On our website you can find more information about it: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/germany/career/after-university/. Best wishes, Your SiG-Team

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Hi there, did you find the answer to your question? I have the same query as well.

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Hi Nitin, we understand your situation and regret very much that the situation is difficult in many countries. Unfortunately, we are unable to help as the issuance of visa is the exclusive responsibility of German state authorities in your home country such as embassies. Best wishes and good luck! Your SiG-Team

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Hi Manish, the Study in Germany team is not responsible for visa regulations, but we hope that the following information will help you. Some international students require an entry visa for Germany depending on where they come from and how long they plan to stay. You will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/requirements/visa_26604.php. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can view the most recent visa requirements for all countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. Best wishes! 👋🇩🇪 Your SiG-Team

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Hi, thank you for all the above information. It would be great if you can help me with my queries. Can we travel from Germany to any home country (like India) on student extended visa or on student resident card?

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Hi, thanks for the request. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any information on visa issues, as we are not responsible for this topic. It is best to clarify this in advance with the immigration authorities, your university and, if applicable, the diplomatic mission in your home country. We're sorry, we can't give any binding information here. Best wishes, Your SiG-Team

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Dear Sir/Madam, Hope you are fine and thank you for the opportunity to share our experiences. I arrived in Germany on 17 October 2021 on a student visa. My visa expires on April 14, 2022. However, I registered as a 1-year student. From the date I arrived until today, I emailed and called the foreign office of Saarbrücken many times for visa appointments, but they did not answer. Also, 2 months ago, a man from a foreign office told me that I have time, that I should not be in a hurry, and that I will receive an appointment letter within 10 days. Of course, no letter came. I don't know who I have to go to, I'm worried about it. I will have a second semester but this time my visa will not be updated. What should I do in this situation, can you please help? Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards

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Hi, in this case, our recommendation is to contact the International Office at your university. Get advice there, the International Office is your first point of contact. You could also check with your university's student council to see if anyone can help you, or with your major's student council. Have you already checked whether you can make an appointment online at the Foreign Office? In any case, stay tuned and try to get an appointment. Good luck and best wishes! Your SiG-Team

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Can a sibling from outside of Germany be my sponsor, he was my sponsor but then he moved out and i dont know if the sponsorship paper is still feasible or even if he can make another one.

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Hi, thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we cannot give any binding information on such detailed questions. To obtain a statement that is binding for you, contact the embassy or consulate responsible for you directly. You will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/requirements/visa/. 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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. Best wishes, Your SiG-Team

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Hello. My daughter is a atudent of 5 semester at Bonn Univ. Her residence permission expires in August 2021. She has sent the first email for a rennovation in May, but so gar hasn't take any response. Due to the pandemic and not having in july and on a rented home because the owner requested her and other tenants to move out, she intends to return home in Albania for the summer and do online exams but the problem is that she cannot arrange anything without having a response for the residence pwrmission rennovation. Can she leave Germany and return in September without a permission rennovated or she cant move out of Germany until gets permission rennovated? Thank you in advance

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Hi Dori, unfortunately, we cannot give you a binding statement on this either. All we can do is refer you to the Federal Foreign Office website https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus for up-to-date information on Coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The situation can of course also change at short notice. Another possibility would be to contact the International Office of the University of Bonn. The colleagues there may already be able to provide further information or at least share experience from other students: https://www.uni-bonn.de/en/university/organisation-and-institutions/university-administration/international-office/partnerships-and-international-researchers. Good luck and best wishes, Your SiG-Team

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My son studying in Germany from 2020 November His visa extension is in month of December. 2021 Plz provide us with latest information.

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Hi Rashmi, you will find general information on visas and residence permits on our website: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-studies/requirements/visa_26604.php. 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 view the most recent visa requirements for all countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node. And here you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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I am zil patel. I arrived Germnay from India on 01.04.2021 and I made my blocked Account at Kotak Mahindra Bank from India. Since I am in Germnay I haven’t transferred that amount from Kotak to my German bank as I brought sufficient fund for few months and now I have a job for my expenses. My visa extension appointment is on 17.06.202. So am I allowed to show my blocked account certificate of Kotak Mahindra Bank dated few dates before of visa extension appointment or do I have to transfer that blocked amount to Germany for my Visa Extension?

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Hi Zil, that is a very specific question. You can obtain binding and currently valid information on visa requirements from the German embassy or consulate in your home country. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. Good luck and best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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I have a typical query. I will be landing in Germany , when I will have just 60 days of valued visa. I am a student. With the current 10 days quarentine rule, my pricess of obtaining city registration, bank account, insurance etc. May take 20 odd days. I am hoping. Will I be able to then get an appointment for visa extension within the next 30-40 days. If I don't get an appointment, what would be my fate. Any tips on this.

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Hi, due to Corona, long waiting times can often be expected for appointments. Would it be possible for you to make some appointments now for when you'll be in Germany? Or submit the applications for e.g. bank account, insurance online? So you would be on the safe side! Please also note the applicable Corona measures and restrictions that are currently in force in Germany. It would also be an option to contact the International Office of your future university - the colleagues there can also provide you with information. For questions about visa requirements, please 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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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I am writing from India my daughter is a Indian student got admission for PG Degree in LMU Munich Germany and joined the course during 2018 and living in Munich. Her visa expired in May 2020 and she applied for visa extension in July 2020. Due to corona it takes some time for getting her visa appointment. Meantime she fell sick and mental distress and missed the visa appointment which was in August 2020. She just recovered little bit few days ago and narrated the visa matter and decided to return to India on health grounds without completing the PG Course. We advice her to send a mail to German Embassy for exit visa. Yesterday she sent a mail for exit Visa. In this regard I want to know how it will take to get the exit visa. Whether she allowed to travel to home country India without getting the visa extension. Please clarify.

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Hi, we're sorry your daughter and family have such worries! We are glad, though, that she is doing a little better now! At the moment it is actually very difficult to get appointments at the embassies due to the global pandemic. Long waiting times can often be expected; some embassies are even completely closed. It is also possible that entry regulations change at a short notice. Unfortunately, we are the wrong contact, we can neither provide information nor influence anything. In fact, it was correct to contact the embassy directly. It would also be an option to contact the International Office of your daughter's university - the colleagues there may have experience with cases of this kind. 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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. And here you can view the most recent visa requirements for all countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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Is it necessary that I should recieve the residence permit before my visa expires or is it sufficient that I apply for the visa extension a month before my visa expires? As I might recieve the residence permit after my visa's expiration date because of the covid situation. Thank you for your answer.

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Hi, yes, many things are currently more complicated than usual. But it is good that you inquire in good time! Unfortunately, we cannot give you any information on this point. You can get the relevant information from the immigration office in the city where you are studying. You can get the address from the International Office of your university or search it in the BAMF database: https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/Bildung/Studium/studium-node.html. Our advice would be to contact the International Office at your university, the colleagues there can give you information and guide you in the right direction. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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Hello, please I need help with renewing my residence permit. I changed from master's to bachelor's this winter but was unable to renew my permit in time because of the covid restrictions. But now my application got rejected even though I had all the required documents. What do I do please?

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Hi Daniel, the best thing to do is to contact the international office at your university as soon as possible. There you can explain why your permit was not received in time, possibly you can submit it later. You can also ask the student council of your degree program or the AStA of your university for advice and help, they will at least be able to point you in the right direction. Unfortunately, we cannot give any further information, as every university handles these procedures differently. Good luck and best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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Hi, 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. Thanks

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Hello, 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.

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Hi Ashwin, you can find extensive information about working in Germany on the website: http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/. 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: https://www.study-in-germany.de/en/plan-your-stay/working-while-studying/part-time-job_71027.php. 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: http://www.studentenwerke.de/en/ Good luck and best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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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.

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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.

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Hi Malik, on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can view the most recent visa requirements for all countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/Aussenpolitik/Laender/Laender_Uebersicht_node.html. Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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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

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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.

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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, Gurpreet

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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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html. 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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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 (https://blog.vitalchek.com/vital-records/passport-validity-rule-know-before-you-go/) 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?

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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: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/AAmt/Auslandsvertretungen/Uebersicht_node.html Best wishes, Your Study in Germany Team

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Thank you! I appreciate your advice!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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