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Visa for language acquisition

Would you like to learn German on site? Find out about the possibilities of obtaining a visa for language acquisition.

 You can attend German language courses abroad, but also in Germany. With a visa for language acquisition in accordance with Section 16f (1) AufenthG (German Residence Act) , entry and residence for this purpose is possible.

To find out whether you require a visa to enter Germany, see Who Needs a Visa?.

What are the requirements to issue a visa for language acquisition?

  • You have been admitted to an intensive German language course. An intensive German language course is generally a course in which German is taught daily for at least 18 hours per week. Evening or weekend courses are not sufficient.
  • You are able to cover your costs of living for the duration of your stay. This can be proven by way of a blocked account or a declaration of commitment

Do you fulfil these requirements? Learn about the procedure for the entry and visa process.

What opportunities does a visa for language acquisition offer?

The visa or residence permit for language acquisition is issued for the duration of the language course and for a maximum of 12 months. During this time, you cannot obtain employment.

At a glance: Visa for language acquisition

From the preparations to the application forms: This step-by-step guide shows you how to obtain a visa for language acquisition.

Do you have any questions?

Let us advise you on your opportunities to work and live in Germany. Our experts will support you with questions regarding job search, visa, recognition and learning German. 

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