National visa - Visa for doctorate students

20.07.2023 - Article

If you would like to apply for a study visa (Visa for doctorate students), please prepare the following documents:


Two (2) fully completed and signed applications including declarations pursuant to Section 54 Residence Act (see https://videx-national.diplo.de)


Two (2) recent biometric passport photos (see specimen photos)


Valid passport (personally signed and with at least two (2) completely empty pages)


Two (2) uncertified copies of the data page of your valid passport


Notification of admittance to study for a doctorate or for a doctorate programme (original and two (2) copies)


University qualification (original and two (2) copies)


Curriculum vitae two (2) copies)


Letter of motivation two (2) copies)

9.Proof of adequate financial means

Please note: As of 01 October 2022, the following rules apply in regards the proof of adequate financial means
To stay in Germany the applicant must have at their disposal at least 934 € per month. Proof must be submitted with the application of financial means for at least one year, that is at least 11,208 € (for example, in the form of a blocked account or a formal obligation (Verpflichtungserklärung) by a third person to cover all costs).

In the case of financing in the form of a blocked account: Open the blocked account in time BEFORE you apply for a visa. When applying for a visa, only the official confirmation of the opening of the account including information on the amount paid in and the amount available per month will be accepted. A confirmation which does not include this information is not sufficient. For further information on the opening of a blocked account for students in Germany please visit the website of the Foreign Office at https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/sperrkonto/388600

At the request of the Embassy only, after general approval of the visa:

Proof of adequate health insurance cover

If as a student you want to take out statutory health insurance, you must bear in mind that this insurance can only begin when you take up residence in Germany and after enrolment. If you enter Germany beforehand, private health insurance must be taken out for the period prior to enrolment and registering for statutory health insurance. In its terms and conditions, travel health insurance can exclude protection if a long-term or permanent stay is planned. So-called incoming travel insurance can also contain such exclusions.


Applicant of a nationality other than Oman

Proof of habitual abode by valid Omani residency card (original and two (2) copies


Visa fee of 75 €. Must be paid in cash in OMR according to the current exchange rate.


Documents not in the German or English language must be submitted with a certified German translation. A translation of the personal data page of the passport is, however, not required.


Certificates, diplomas, etc. must be presented in the original with apostille/legalization. Your original documents will be returned to you once your application has been processed.


As a rule, visa applications must be approved by the relevant foreigners authority in Germany. The visa can only be issued when this approval has been received.


Processing time is as a rule approximately 4 weeks but can take longer in individual cases.


Flight reservations are not required to apply for a visa – please only book when you have received your visa.


The Embassy reserves the right to request further documents.


Missing documentation delays the procedure and can result in your application being rejected.

Please do not contact the Embassy to check the status of your application during the normal processing period. Such inquiries are extremely time-consuming for the visa section and can thus not be answered.


General Information:

Foreign doctorate students who have been accepted at a German university for a doctorate or a doctorate programme on a full-time basis can apply for a visa for doctorate students in Germany. If the doctorate is being completed as part of a contract of employment or a research agreement with a German university or research institute, you can apply for a visa for a research stay.

During your studies, you can take up student jobs to help cover your expenses.

Upon completing your studies, you will have the opportunity to look for a job.

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