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Means of Subsistence

EuroscheineNot-EU students must prove that they have sufficient means of subsistence and adequate health insurance coverage to be issued with a residence permit.

Please inform yourself at the German embassy and at the Municipal Immigration Office, which is responsible for you, how to proceed.

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For orientation, you should have no less than € 700 (November 2016) per month at your disposal.

You can prove your means of subsistence for example by presenting the following:

  • documentation of your parents' income situation
  • a formal obligation according to § 68 of the Law of Residence, or
  • proof of relevant grants from German state means, or
  • grants from a sponsoring organisation recognised in Germany, or
  • state grants from your country of origin involving the Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service or German grant organisations.

A formal obligation according to § 68 of the Law of Residence can be handed in to a German agency abroad or to the Municipal Immigration Office in Germany by your parents or siblings, for instance, or by other third parties. The guarantor guarantees your means of subsistence and must prove his/her financial ability to do so when handing in the formal obligation.

In special cases, financial means can be proved by bank statements, security payments into a blocked account, or by providing a bank guaranty.

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