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Blocked Account for your German Visa

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Money-back guarantee in case of visa rejection.

  • Accepted by German authorities
  • Blocked Account in your name with German IBAN
  • Fast, secure, affordable
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Moving to Germany to study, for a new job, a new life?

Open a Blocked Account now to secure your German visa.

Coming to Germany for university studies, language courses, preparatory courses (Studienkolleg), job search, and more? 

Get your German visa with ease - from fast processing and affordable set-up fees to secure transactions and high customer service standards. An Expatrio Blocked Account allows you to prove sufficient financial resources during your stay in Germany

Forget about tedious German bureaucracy, language barriers, and hidden fees. We simplify the process and do the hard work for you.

What is a Blocked Account (Sperrkonto) in Germany?

The Blocked Account (Sperrkonto) is a special type of bank account required by German law for many internationals to secure their German visa.

At Expatrio, you can quickly open your Blocked Account entirely online in just a few minutes. The Expatrio Blocked Account is accepted by all German authorities worldwide to secure your German visa.

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Benefit from a simple and fast service

Expatrio’s Blocked Account is one of the fastest ways to secure your proof of sufficient funds for your German visa. Our process is fully online and super simple. On your profile in the Expatrio User Portal, you have easy access to detailed information about your Blocked Account and other Expatrio services.

To open your account, just follow our application flow, and you’ll have your Blocked Account for your time in Germany within a few minutes. Should you have any questions, our Customer Support team is happy to help you throughout your entire journey. 

Enjoy low fees

Our low monthly and set-up fees allow you to save money for what really matters during your relocation to Germany.

  • One time set-up fee: €49
  • Monthly fee: €5

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Transfer money in your local currency

To minimize high rates when transferring funds from your home country to your Blocked Account in Germany, you have the option of transferring your money in your local currency. You can do this via our Expatrio Payment process, offered in partnership with the international payment provider, Cohort Go.

With Expatrio Payment, you can pay in your local currency and with the latest payment methods, like Alipay. Paying in your local currency is usually much faster and more affordable than transferring from a local bank to your Blocked Account in Germany. But don't worry, you can also use the traditional bank transfer option.

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Simplify your move to Germany with Expatrio's Value Package! Get your mandatory health insurance and Blocked Account, plus other perks! 

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How to open your Blocked Account

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Apply online

Fill in our online application form to open your Blocked Account.

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Transfer funds

Once your Blocked Account is open, you can transfer your funds. With Expatrio Payment, you can transfer in your local currency if you wish.

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Receive confirmation

Once the funds are received, you'll get instant confirmation. Download your Blocked Account confirmation for your visa appointment.

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Open your bank account

We partner with many trusted banking partners. Choose one and open your everyday bank account for life in Germany, and to receive your monthly payouts from your Blocked Account.

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Activate

Activate your Blocked Account when you arrive to receive your monthly payouts.

"With Expatrio, I was able to open a Blocked Account in just a few simple steps. With my Blocked Account in place, I was able to obtain my student visa and make my move."

Parag Nirwan

Master's Degree in Applied Computer Science

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Blocked Account

Simple account opening in just a few minutes

  • Fast: official Opening Confirmation within 24h
  • Affordable: inital set-up fee €49 + €5 monthly
  • Compliant: accepted by German authorities worldwide
  • Fast Customer Service: 24-hour response time
  • Money-back guarantee: in case of visa rejection
  • Free choice of Bank Account for Blocked Account payouts
  • High security standards

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What's the cost to open a Blocked Account with Expatrio?

The current blocked amount set by the German government is €934 per month, for every month of your planned stay in Germany.
Don't worry, for stays more than one year, just set-up a one-year Blocked Account and then you can extend your account as needed. 
The money in this account is still your money, however it is used as proof for the German government that you have enough funds to live in Germany,

Our 12-month Blocked Account break down for you

Required blocked amount

€11.208

€934*12 months

One time set-up fee

€49

Monthly fee

€5

Total for 12 months is €60 (€5*12)

Buffer

€100

Returned in full with your last Blocked Account payout (unless some funds were used to cover transfer fees).

Total

€11.417

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How to open your Blocked Account

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Legal background about the Expatrio Blocked Account

The Expatrio Blocked Account fully complies with the applicable immigration law.

The Expatrio Blocked Account is complying with the highest instances and complies with all German authorities’ laws, provisions, treaties, and requirements regarding visa applications and residence permits. Including but is not limited to § 2 (3) Residence Act (AufenthG) and 16.0.8.1 Administrative Order of the Residence Act (VwV-AufenthG). The monthly Blocked Amount is regularly €934 (€11,208 per year), which is specified in the §§ 13 and 13a (1) Federal Training Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetzes - BAföG) for students at secondary schools and universities in Germany.

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