Germany is known to be seeking young population, as right now the country is in deficit of young working people. Especially, if you are applying for a student journey, you are a great added value to the populations’ total workforce.
Not getting your student visa could be devastating, especially considering the time and energy invested.
First things first – you must start off by finding the right schools and programs, then preparing your numerous applications for different universities, as you don’t want to put all your efforts in one university only and face a high risk of not getting accepted.
Some universities have application deals through UNI-ASSIST, which means you have to pay an application fee for every school you will send it to, which can wind up quite costly.
Then comes the time you will have to wait for a response from any of the universities you have applied to – and this may sometimes take up to several months.
Afterwards, if admitted, you will have to open a blocked bank account in Germany to transfer €8640 into.
Then, you will have to gather all the required documents to apply for the student visa at the German Embassy. Afterwards, pay the application fee, and then make an appointment for your visa interview, which is quite hard to do at various busy times – so start early!
If you get rejected the visa, it will be a tough cookie to swallow after all the burdens! Therefore, work your hardest to prepare for your interview.
The visa officer will give either a positive or a negative recommendation based on your visa interview. It varies, you may do great and still get rejected the visa, or vice versa, do poorly, but get the visa. However, it helps to know that you have, at least, looked into the matter and got yourself prepared beforehand!
Based on personal experiences of many students, these are the major reasons why the German Embassy has rejected student visas, as the final decision lies within the Immigration Office’s hands:
1. Lack of Preparation for the Interview
There are numerous cases of students going to the visa interview totally unprepared, and this has led to doubt among visa officials about the students’ seriousness to attend studies in Germany!
You are expected to know some basic facts about Germany, especially about the Federal State and the city you are going to study in! Your school and study program should also be well-known to you! If you show up for the interview unfamiliar with these facts, then your seriousness and desire to study in Germany will remain suspicious, therefore your visa may easily get rejected!
2. Academic Profile
To determine your academic capabilities to pull off studying in Germany, the German visa officers will rely on your previous academic results. The German academic system is one of the top world educational influences – hence, the huge yearly dropout number!
Since German universities do not depend at all on student’s tuition fees to maintain their appeal, they are under no pressure to pass students! A great number of students drop out after their initial year!
Therefore, if you are not able to prove your capability to survive and fit into such rigorous standards, then the German visa officials may reject your visa altogether!
3. Inconsistency with Your Study Program
If you apply for a Master’s Degree that is totally unrelated to your Bachelor’s Degree, it may not seem fit to the Embassy officials, hence reject your visa application!
If you want to do so (unrelated study field), you should have enough proof of work experience to cover for your change of fields!
A lot of times students apply for a second Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, which also seems suspicious to the officials: Why would you need another Bachelor’s or Master’s?
4. Financial Status
The number one reason most student visas get rejected is because of the poor financial status of the student. Even though there are no fees for students in Germany, both local and international, still you need to provide financial steadiness in order to make it in Germany. And if the Embassy officials do not assume that you have the required financial means, they will reject your visa as they want the students to be able to concentrate more on their studies than on financial hardships. Also, taking up jobs may affect or even force the students to neglect their studies, altogether! Therefore, you are expected to provide a minimum of €8640 every year as a means of sustaining and renewing your visas, while €720 per month are considered enough for a student to cover for the living and studying expenses!
5. Insufficient Language Level (German or English)
Your ability to succeed as a student is of high importance to the officials in the German Embassy, therefore anything that may be able to block your academic progress will be a reason for your visa rejection.
So, be prepared before applying! If you have low scores in language tests, then the officials will have a hard time believing that you will be able to understand your classes and pass your exams.s
6. Your Profile Does Not Fit Germany’s Future Needs
Germany is looking for strong academic seekers to fill out the country’s deficit in younger generations, therefore anyone who does not fit this profile, might be rejected their German visa applications! Germany is hoping these bright minds will want to continue to work and bring economic prosperity in the future!
The positions that cannot be filled by German citizens, must be filled out by internationals – so if you fit the scheme you will surely be accepted!
*Reminder: Pay a lot of attention to your Motivational letter – as this is the most important factor for your admission!