Medical Students - First Steps
The first step for medical students planning to study in Germany is to meet the requirements.
- The first requirement in the application process is for a medical student to have obtained a valid MBBS degree and passed their licensing examinations in their home country.
- It would be best if you also reached a B2 German language proficiency level to move on.
The physicians should apply to the state medical council of their choice where they wish to study and work in Germany before applying for a visa.
Following the application, each state will issue a set of documents that students must submit, some of which must be translated, and the German Consulate must attest to some. These documents are state-specific and are different for every state. The state-specific medical council website called Ärztekammer has complete information about what paperwork is required.
You'll need to wait for a few papers known as Eingangsbestätigung or Defizitbescheid, also known as Zwischenbescheid, from your state medical council. This document will take anywhere between three and twelve months to arrive. It is suggested that you keep in touch with the state medical council's staff in Germany to expedite things.
This is one of the essential documents you'll need to submit with your application for a recognition (Anerkennung) visa in your native country. Other visa requirements, such as a valid passport, Health Insurance, and others, remain the same as any other German visa. It is suggested that you check the German consulate's website for any further general requirements. When applying for a visa, proof of enrollment for the Fachsprachprüfung (FSP) preparation course is also required.
To summarize, there are three primary documents when applying for a visa:
- Eingangsbestätigung/Defizitbescheid (Zwischenbescheid)
- Fachsprachprüfung enrollment
- Blocked Account
You must wait for the visa to be approved by the German embassy once you submit your application. The visa application time frame will differ depending on the consulate in your native country.