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- Only the visa office of the Embassy in Warsaw is responsible for visa applications. The Consulates General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Krakow, Wroclaw and Gdansk do not issue visas and do not provide information on visa applications.
- Please note that you must come to the embassy in person with all the necessary documents to submit your application. Please make an appointment via our appointment system on the Internet. Please plan that the processing time after application is usually several weeks.
- Your application can only be accepted if the documents are complete. The documents must be submitted in the original with two copies of each. Documents in foreign languages must be submitted with an official German translation.
- A fee of approximately 400 zloty (75,- Euro depending on the exchange rate) is charged for processing a visa application. The fee is to be paid in Polish zloty at the time of application. It is a processing fee. There is no right to reimbursement in case of rejection or withdrawal of the application.
The applications will be sent to the responsible foreigners authority for comment. The processing time is usually at least four (4) weeks, but may increase to several months in individual cases. As soon as a decision has been reached, the applicant will be informed immediately by the Embassy. In order to relieve the visa office, it is urgently requested that applicants refrain from making status inquiries, as this delays the general processing of visa applications.
After a positive decision on the application, you will be asked to provide proof of existing travel insurance coverage for the validity period of the visa before the visa can be issued. Please note that you will need to collect your visa in person.
Please make sure that you submit complete application documents! Incomplete applications may result in rejection of the visa application.
The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documentation.
The following list allows you to check whether your application documents are complete by ticking them off. All documents listed here must be submitted in the requested form and order.
- Two (2) application forms including instructions according to § 54 AufenthG, completely filled out and signed
- Two (2) recent biometric passport photos (format: see photo sample board)
- Valid passport (signed by hand and with at least two (2) completely free pages)
- Two (2) plain copies of the data page of your valid passport
- Proof of habitual and legal residence in Poland by Polish residence permit (e.g. visa/residence card), valid for at least 3 months, with two (2) copies.
In individual cases, further proof of habitual residence (e.g. bank statements, ZUS statements, rental contracts, etc.) may be necessary.
- Last registration certificate in Poland, with two (2) copies
- As an admitted student: letter of admission from a German university or university of applied sciences
- As a student applicant: confirmation of application from a German university or university of applied sciences
- Proof of previous education including degree certificate and, if applicable, diploma, as well as proof of professional background
- Proof of financing of the study stay in the amount of at least 934,- Euro per month; the proof can be provided
- by a formal declaration of commitment in accordance with §§ 66 to 68 of the Residence Act, in which a third person undertakes in writing to bear the costs (foreigners' offices and registration authorities in Germany have appropriate forms available for this purpose)
- by providing proof of a credit balance at a German bank in the form of a blocked account of at least 11,208 Euro with a maximum monthly disposal amount of 934 euros.
For more information on opening a blocked account in Germany and on the various providers of suitable blocked accounts, please visit our website at: „Opening blocked account in Germany for students prior to entry“.
Some blocked account providers require that your signature on the application to open an account be notarized by a German mission abroad. If the provider you have chosen requires this certification, please make a separate appointment for this. We will then retain the signed documents and send them to the financial institution in Germany by registered mail. We will charge PLN 30,- for this service. In addition, a fee of currently approx. 265,- PLN has to be paid for the certification of signatures. The application to the financial institution must be accompanied by proof of the origin of the money to be deposited (so-called “source of funds„) as well as simple copies of your registration certificate and passport.