Students from non-EU-countries have to proof at the foreign authority that they have enough money for living in Germany for at least one year. The foreign law is bound on the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG). At the moment you need a proof of at least 8640,- Euros.
►Good to know! As the BaföG rate has recently raised the proof for foreign students also raised.
From the 1st of january 2020 the proof of financial means has to be given for 10.236,- euro (853 euro per month)
There are the following options:
- either the confirmation of financial support (“Verpflichtungserklärung“) from a person according to §68 “Aufenthaltsgesetz“
- or a German bank account balancing at 8640 euros (from 1th of january 2020: 10.236 euros)
- Notification of a scholarship, e.g. by the DAAD, from which it follows that you have at least 720 Euro per month at your disposal.
Important! Certification drawn up by notaries abroad or in Germany will not be accepted by the foreign authority. Sometimes, a German Embassy will accept notarial attestation for a visa application. However, this is not sufficient for a residence permit.