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In order to show that they have sufficient financial means for their stay in Germany, foreign students may be asked to open a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto).

When applying for visa, you can provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs by opening a blocked bank account.

You have free choice of provider.

Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreign Office website

It may also be possible to open a blocked bank account with a bank in the town or city where the applicant will be studying. We recommend contacting the the local bank directly.

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