NEW DELHI: Indian students admitted to German universities are unlikely to get their visas in time to join the semester this year and the situation is only expected to improve by the end of this year, German Ambassador Philipp said on Tuesday. Ackermann.
Indian citizens, including thousands of students, face visa problems traveling to Western countries, including most European states and the United States. These countries have received a large number of visa applications in recent weeks following the easing of travel restrictions related to Covid-19.
Ackermann acknowledged that Germany was “very unhappy” with the situation and said: “It’s a big concern for us because we want Indian citizens to get visas quickly and we know we can’t deliver as we want it right now.”
Germany currently has more than 30,000 Indian students and the number is growing every year. However, some students enrolled in German universities are not expected to get their visas in time for the opening of semesters this year, he said.
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s very difficult for students, but I advise them to go to German universities and say that you won’t make it in time and it’s not your fault. It’s is the fault of the German Embassy,” Ackermann said.
The German embassy and consulates strive to find solutions for a fast and smooth visa issuance. “I think we are getting there. I think by the end of this year we should be back to normal,” he said.
The German authorities also contact universities to alert them to visa problems encountered by foreign students. “This is a shortcoming that we are very aware of and we want to remedy this process as quickly as possible,” he added.
Ackermann also noted that about 10% to 15% of student visa applications are fraudulent, and that “some agents are very good at forging documents.” Applications should be carefully reviewed to ensure that only deserving students can travel to Germany.
The German side has been overwhelmed by the “mass of visa applications” from Indians but is also pleased with the growth in travellers, Ackermann said. “We are very happy for the students because Indian students in Germany are doing very well. Universities are happy to welcome them, they are excellent students,” he said.