Despite having a 92% student visa acceptance rate, the German government will still reject your student visa for some reason such as a poor financial status, low academic performance, or lack of interview preparation, etc. The final decision to grant a student visa does not depend mainly on the visa officer but on the Immigration Office where your school is. Therefore, you need to prepare so much more than just getting ready for the interview.

Poor financial condition

Germany is famous for its tuition-free education system. Therefore, it might come as a surprise to many international students that a poor financial condition is the most common reason for failing a student visa. The German government wants to ensure that you have sufficient financial support to pay for other living expenses such as accommodation, food, transportation, and more. The German government would like their students to focus on getting good academic results instead of solving financial problems by taking up jobs or even worse, committing crimes. That is why not having enough financial capability to survive in Germany is the biggest reason for the rejection of a German student visa.

Solutions

The most common method to make financial proof to apply for a student visa in Germany is to use a blocked account. A blocked account is an exclusive bank account for international students and workers coming to Germany to study and work. From January 1st, 2020, the annual deposit into a blocked account to apply for a student visa will increase to €10,236/year. In addition to a blocked account, some embassies also require the sponsor’s bank statements and financial documents. They want to make sure that they are capable of providing you throughout your academic years.

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Wrong choice of insurance

This may sound strange to many of you but wrong choice of insurance would cause your visa application to be rejected. Then, what determines which insurance to buy?

The coverage amount. It must be at least 30,000€. If your insurance covers less than this amount, high chances that you won't be granted a visa.

Low academic performance

Applying to study in Germany means that you are applying to study in one of the most challenging and most competitive educational systems in the world. Therefore, the German Embassy needs to ensure that you have enough academic potential to deal with a variety of educational challenges during your study. And the German embassy does this by assessing your previous academic profile. A poor academic record can lead the embassy to believe that you are not capable of coping with the German education system. This might result in your visa getting rejected.

Solutions

As we all know, a person’s competence does not depend solely on his/her academic results. Therefore, you can prove your competence during the interview or in your motivation letter. Furthermore, it is also essential to show the visa officer convincing reasons why you have failed to attain good results. Don’t forget to point out that you have plans to improve your marks if you have the opportunity to study in Germany. Besides, you can also prove your capability with other aspects of your application, such as work experience, extracurricular activities, etc.

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Lack of language skills (either German or English)

As a student, your goal is to achieve the best academic results possible. Unfortunately, having poor language skills is one of the leading causes that hinder you from succeeding academically. And so low language level can prevent you from getting a German student visa.

If your study program is in German, you will be interviewed in German. If you fail to answer the visa officer’s simple questions, he/she will conclude that you are not able to understand lectures as well as pass exams in German. It can easily lead to the rejection of your student visa. So, if you can read and understand German, make sure to show the visa officer by speaking to her/him. It is the same if you apply for English-taught courses in Germany. If you have a low score in English proficiency tests (TOEFL/IELTS), the visa officer will doubt your potential to succeed academically. As a consequence, he/she is likely to reject your student visa.

Solutions

The German embassy requires you to at least master German to a C2 level and have the ability to speak English. If your study program is in German, make sure that you have learned the language to at least a B2 level and can speak it to a certain degree. To apply for an English-taught course, you must achieve 6.5 on IELTS and 71 on TOEFL at the minimum.

You can pursue German language courses in a language institute such as the Goethe Institute. Some students even enroll in language courses in Germany. In the case of IETLS and TOEFL, please note that you should not try to fool the Embassy by providing false results. They can easily detect fake documents and will fail your visa without question.

Lack of consistency in choosing your study programs

This happens when you apply for an academic field that is irrelevant to your previous one. For example, you have a bachelor’s degree in Education, and now you are applying for a master's degree in Business Administration. The visa officer might question your ability and consistency to master a new field without any relevant background and therefore, deny you the visa. If you apply for a second bachelor’s degree or a second master’s degree in Germany, you are also showing inconsistency in choosing your study programs.

Solutions

It is best to apply for a master’s program that is related to your undergraduate major. In case you decide to change your career, path and pursue a new field, you need to make the reasons clear to the visa officer and in the motivation letter. It is advisable to provide concrete proof of work or other experiences in the new field. By doing this, you can convince the visa officer that you have enough ability and determination to master a new program.

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Poor interview preparation

This reason does not only apply to the student visa interview in Germany but also to almost every country. If you decide to spend thousands of euros to study and live in Germany, you should have at least the basic knowledge of the country, the city where you will be studying, your school and your study program. If you go to the student visa interview unprepared and fail to answer simple questions about these facts, the visa officer will doubt the sincerity and seriousness to study in Germany.

Solutions

As we have mentioned above, the visa officer will ask a variety of questions to assess your sincerity and seriousness as a student. We can divide this series of inquiries into 4 groups, make sure that you understand the purpose of the questions, and prepare proper answers.

  • Questions about your knowledge of Germany
  • Questions about your seriousness as a student in Germany
  • Questions about your motive to study
  • Questions about your financial condition

Furthermore, the motivation letter and recommendation letter also play an essential part in indicating your serious intentions to study in Germany and strengthening your visa application. Ensure to get them ready.

Your profile doesn’t fit the state’s future needs

Many governments provide international students with scholarships, financial aids, and other means of sponsorship to study in their country. It means that they want to attract young and brilliant talents to fill skilled positions in need. Germany is not an exception.

As aforementioned, the final decision to grant a student visa in Germany depends mainly on the Immigration Office in the state where you will be studying. So if the state does not need people in the field you are applying to, there is a chance that they will decline your student visa. And if the state sees your profile fitting their future needs, the likelihood of getting a student visa a higher.

Solutions

It is not advisable to apply for an academic field that you don’t like just because the chance of getting a student visa is higher. This can result in you getting bored and tired of studying. You might end up dropping out or even worse, being expelled.

What you should do is apply for a field that you are interested in and present solid proof that you can excel in this field. After finishing studying, you will contribute to Germany and your home country.

Above are the 6 most common reasons for the rejection of a German student visa. We hope that this article will be helpful for your application to study in Germany!