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Visa Needed?

Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays of up to 90 days. Please check our country list if you are not sure whether you need a visa.

Visa Country List

Where and how to apply?

Citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea, as well as EU citizens may apply for their residence permit after entering Germany without a visa.

Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a residence permit prior to entry (an option also open to US citizens) at the German Embassy in Washington, the Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York or San Francisco.

All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa. Appointments have to be booked via our free online appointment system.

Click on the Consulate Finder below to find out where to submit your application and to learn about any specific application procedures. Due to local particularities handling and processing may vary slightly among the German missions involved. Except for rare instances, you have to submit your application in person.

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Upon submission of all required documents the application will be forwarded to the Aliens' Authority (Ausländerbehörde) competent for your intended place of residence in Germany. Student visa applications take about 25 days to be processed. After the application has been approved by the Aliens' Authority the Consulate will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa. The Aliens' Authority requires all residence permit holders to register upon their first arrival. A final residence permit will be granted in German after arrival.

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Proof of sufficient funds for studies or language courses in Germany

The applicant has to show proof of sufficient funds for the entire duration of the studies or courses (no less than 720.00 EUR per month). There are three options to finance your stay:

1. Scholarship: proof of scholarship, stating duration and amount of monthly allowances

2. Self-financed stay: With a limited‑withdrawal bank account (also known as blocked account) you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources. A monthly amount of at least 720.00 EUR (8,640.00 EUR for a whole year) has to be at your disposal when studying in Germany.

We know of the following providers in Germany who currently offer limited‑withdrawal bank accounts for students:

Fintiba (except for persons with US tax status)

Deutsche Bank

If you want to open a blocked account with Deutsche Bank, please read this information leaflet carefully: Blocked Account Opening with Deutsche Bank [pdf, 258.95k]

3. Financing by a third party (sponsor): Formal Obligation Letter [pdf, 320.33k] issued by a competent German authority (original and copy).

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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Consulate General Los Angeles Closed


Due to construction work at the German Consulate General of Los Angeles, the passport and visa section will not be able to process any applications from March 20 until approximately the end of May 2017.

Visa Appointment Requirements

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All German Missions require that you schedule an appointment in order to apply for a visa.

Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system!

Please check specific appointment requirements on the website of the mission that is responsible for you:





Los Angeles


New York

San Francisco


You do not know which mission can assist you? Use our Consulate Finder:

Consulate Finder

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