The list of the documents required to apply for a German visa can vary depending on the country of your origin, the type of German Authority (Federal Foreign Office, Embassy, etc.) where you want to submit your documents and the type of visa you are applying for.
In most of the cases, you will need:
- Passport (that is valid for the whole duration of intended stay abroad)
- Filled in application form (available on the official webpage of the relevant German Authority)
- Several passport-size photographs (for your application form and visa itself)
- Proof of the purpose of travel (acceptance letter from the university, work contract from the employer, an invitation from a local resident, etc.)
- Health insurance (covering the whole duration of your stay abroad)
- Proof of financial resources - Blocked Account (for those that are coming for studies, research, or other purposes that don't guarantee the minimal requirement for financial support)
Important: The documents listed above constitute the general requirement which is applicable in almost all the cases. Please keep in mind that it is not the full list of the documents needed. Check the full list of documents required for your particular case on the official website of the German Authority you are going to apply to. A general overview can be found on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
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