From the preparations to the application forms: This step-by-step guide shows you how to obtain a visa for language acquisition.
Are you interested in taking an intensive language course for yourself and not as a preparatory measure for study purposes in Germany? 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.
- Federal Foreign Office (FFO) You can find out which visa you need in order to come to Germany with the Visa-Navigator.
- Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) Centre of Excellence for Asylum, Migration and Integration in Germany