High Student Visa wait times of Germany, going into several months is affecting prospective students from all around the world. International students from India, Cameroon and Morocco have had to face wait times of up to a year.
International students applying at 24 German Embassies and Consulates around the world have had to wait for more than 8 weeks just to get an appointment to apply for a Student Visa.
Kai Gehring is the spokesman for research and higher education policy of the Greens. He said that long Student Visa wait times are unacceptable and will demotivate international students aspiring to come to Germany.
The only countries where German Embassies are not facing long wait times are Egypt, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Gerrit Bruno Bloss, CEO of Study EU, says that long wait times can damage Germany’s appeal as a top study abroad destination for international students. The problem is increased by the commonly late application deadlines for Germany. The application deadline closes for most courses between May and mid-July. The offer letters are not sent before August.
A paper released by Stifterverband in September 2019 found that long Student Visa wait times was the reason 38% of non-EU international students arriving after the start of the semester. Of the 900 students surveyed, 18% arrived after two weeks the semester started in 2018.
Mr Bloss also said that the German Govt. has started prioritizing high-qualified students. Wait times at the German Embassy in New Delhi, India has dropped from 28 weeks to 3 weeks for high-qualified applicants. This includes scientists and researchers.
Pakistani students applying at the German Embassy in Islamabad have a wait time of 42 weeks. On the other hand, scientists needed just one week; researchers needed fifteen weeks while qualified students needed 37 weeks.
One in ten foreign students in Germany belongs to India, Morocco and Cameroon. Considering that fact, the growing wait times are a cause for worry. The long wait times do not let international students plan their studies in Germany.
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