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Study Preparation Visa

(Studienvorbereitung Visum)

If you’re planning to pursue preparatory studies in Berlin, the Aufenthaltserlaubnis zur Studienvorbereitung (§ 16b Abs. 1) visa is essential. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process.

Step 1: Understand the Visa Purpose

The Aufenthaltserlaubnis zur Studienvorbereitung visa is designed for individuals preparing for university studies in Germany. Ensure that your intended studies align with this visa’s purpose.


Step 2: Choose a Language Course

Start by researching and selecting a recognized language course in Germany. Look for institutions that offer comprehensive language programs to suit your proficiency level and schedule. Ensure that the course is an intensive one with a minimum of 18 hours of study per week.


Step 3: Gather Required Documents

Collect the necessary documents to support your visa application:

  • Visa Application Form: Obtain and complete the national visa application form for language learning (we can help with that).
  • Passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended stay in Germany.
  • Passport Photos: Provide recent passport-sized photos according to the specified requirements.
  • Acceptance Letter: Obtain an official letter of acceptance from the language school confirming your enrollment.
  • Proof of Funds: Demonstrate you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses and tuition fees. This can include a blocked bank account or a declaration of commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung) from a sponsor.
  • Health Insurance: Acquire health insurance coverage for your stay in Germany. We recommend this one. It is accepted by the Ausländerbehörde.
  • Accommodation Proof: Show evidence of suitable accommodation arrangements (for example: Anmeldung).
  • Language Proficiency: Depending on the course, you might need to prove your language proficiency.


Step 4: Schedule an Appointment

Contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country to schedule a visa appointment.It is also possible to submit the application at the Foreigners Office (Ausländerbehörde) in Berlin. It’s advisable to do this well in advance to ensure timely processing. 


Step 5: Attend the Visa Interview

Attend the visa interview at the embassy, consulate or the Ausländerbehörde. Be prepared to answer questions about your language learning plans and provide supporting documents.


Step 6: Submit Your Application

Submit your completed visa application form along with the required documents during your visa appointment.


Step 7: Await Visa Processing

After submitting your application, patiently await the visa processing period. This may vary, so check with the embassy or consulate for estimated timelines.


Step 8: Travel to Berlin

Once your visa is approved, make travel arrangements to Berlin. Ensure you have a valid entry visa stamped in your passport before departure.


Step 9: Register Your Address

Arrive in Berlin before your course starts. Once in Berlin, you’ll need to register your address (Anmeldung) at the local registration office (Bürgeramt).


Remember, the details of the visa process may vary, and it’s advisable to check with the German embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information. Good luck with your studies in Berlin!

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