Most Common Reasons for Rejection of German Student Visa

by ashmita.tamta

Known for its tuition-free university education, Germany is the most popular non-anglophone study destination among foreign students. It attracts more than 370,000 international students every year.

The acceptance rate of German student visa is 92 percent which is more than the United States (80 percent) and the United Kingdom (85 percent). Despite a high acceptance rate, the country has its own stringent German visa requirements and can reject a student visa application for the reasons stated below.

1.Weak Financial Background

  • Most common reason for rejection of German student visa.
  • Despite tuition-free university education, you need to be financially sound to sustain in the country.
  • The German embassy requires you to show a minimum amount of USD 10,338 every year to renew your visa.

Suggestion

  • Use a blocked account as a proof of financial resources.
  • The money in the blocked account cannot be accessed until you enter Germany.
  • Students from some countries like Pakistan are requested to provide their sponsor’s bank statements and financial documents besides a blocked account.

Applying for a Blocked Account

  • Submit the form provided and attested by a German diplomatic mission in your home country to the bank of your choice, along with a copy of your passport.
  • Banks charge a fee of between USD 58 and USD 176 to set up a blocked account.
  • You will be issued an EC (Eurocheque-Karte) card - a German term for the debit card - on arriving in Germany. It can be used to withdraw the money.

2. Unsatisfactory Academic Record

  • Known for having one of the toughest and highly-competitive education systems, German universities refuse to accept students with substandard academic backgrounds.
  • The embassy can reject visa applications if it believes you will not be able to cope with the German education system and have a slim potential for succeeding.

Suggestion

  • If your academic record is not up to the mark, you can prove your competence in the interview.
  • Put forth the reasons why you are a capable candidate and your plans to improve your academic potential.

3. Insufficient Language Skills (German and/or English)

  • The visa interview will be conducted in German if your study program is in German.
  • Only reading and understanding German is not enough, you should be able to speak the basic language. If you fail to respond to the interviewer’s simple questions in German, it can lead to the rejection.
  • International students need to provide a proof of language proficiency.
For courses taught in GermanTest Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) or Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) score
For courses taught in EnglishTOEFL or IELTS score
  • To apply for the German student visa, you need at least a C2 language proficiency level in German and the ability to speak English.
  • To enroll in a German-taught course, ensure you have mastered German to a B2 level and can speak as well as comprehend the basics.
  • To enroll in an English-taught course, you need to have the minimum scores mentioned below.
IELTS6.5
TOEFL71
  • If you have low scores on your respective language proficiency tests, your visa will be rejected.

Suggestion

  • Pursue a German language course at a higher education institution or a language institute such as the Goethe Institut, before appearing for your interview.
  • You can also pursue language courses in Germany.
  • To ace English proficiency tests (IELTS and TOEFL), study seriously for three months.

4. Inconsistent Choice of Study Programs

  • If your undergraduate major was history and you are applying for a masters in management, your choice of fields will raise questions regarding your choice of study programmes. Visa officers might deny you the visa on the grounds of inconsistency.

Suggestion

  • Ideal to apply to a master’s program related to your undergraduate studies.
  • If you decide to switch careers and pursue something else, ensure you have a proof of work or other experiences within the new field in order to justify the shift.

5. Lack of Preparation of Your Interview

  • A few students go for the interview unprepared and give no responses or incorrect answers. This makes the visa officer doubt their sincerity to study in Germany and decline the student visa.
  • The visa interviewer expects you to have basic knowledge of the country, state, the city of the prospective university, and the study program.

Suggestion

  • For plain sailing, you should try understanding the purpose of the questions posed in the interview.
  • Questions are asked to assess:
  1. Your knowledge of Germany
  2. Willingness for the course
  3. Motive to study
  4. Financial standing to cover living costs.
  • Ensure you are well aware of the country and your study program.

For a German student visa, some documents carry more weight than others. The motivation letter and letter of recommendation count among the essential German visa requirements that indicate your seriousness to study in Germany. They can immensely strengthen your German visa application. 

What to do if your Student Visa Gets Rejected?

If you appeared for a visa interview, you can request the visa officer for the reason of rejection. In case, you were not called for the interview, you will receive a document stating the grounds for declination.

The German embassy lets you reapply if your visa was declined the first time. You can rectify the reasons and reapply with a German student visa fee of USD 70. The processing time is around 25 days.

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