Germany Requires an APS Certificate with the Visa Application of Indian Students


According to the German Missions in India, from November 1st onwards students who want to pursue their education in Germany must present an APS certificate to the embassy along with the visa application.

Before applying for a Student Visa in Germany, Indian students must have their academic records evaluated by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) and obtain authentic certificates

APS is a certificate that will be issued after the validity of each of your papers has been verified. The APS verifies the accuracy of educational biographies and related educational accomplishments and awards certificates. APS assessment will be open for the applications from October 1, 2022.


Documents Required

  • Application form, printed and signed, with passport-size photo.
  • APS fee transfer receipt copy.
  • Aadhaar card copy with linked mobile number.
  • Passport photocopy (1st and last page).
  • Marksheets and Degree Certificate Copies.
  • Language certificate (German and/or English).

Students may be required to submit additional documents depending on the degree level for which they apply.


The APS Certificate Application Process

The following are the steps involved in the APS application process:

  • To download the form, you must first register online. Fill out and sign the form.
  • The APS fee is INR 18,000, which must be transferred to APS’s bank account.
  • Submit the requirements, along with the completed APS form, via courier or at the APS India desk.
  • APS will verify the requirements and only complete applications will be processed.
  • Following the completion of the verification, the applicants’ online profiles will be updated.
  • Candidates who are accepted can apply for a German student visa through VFS.


What is the Cost for an APS Certificate?

For APS verification, students must pay a non-refundable fee of Rs 18,000.


Who is Exempt from the APS mandate?

Short-term courses do not require an APS certificate (less than 90 days). An APS certificate is required for courses lasting more than 90 days.


How long does an APS certificate last?

An APS certificate is valid indefinitely once issued to a candidate. If the candidate’s eligibility criteria change, he or she may be required to apply for an updated APS certificate under a new category.


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