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18.04.2018 - Article

1) Blocked bank accounts

From 1 January 2020, the presumed annual requirement that must be paid into the blocked account when applying for a visa will increase to 10,236 euros. This increased amount applies to all visa applications submitted from 1 September 2019. The account may only permit the withdrawal of a certain amount per month (currently 720 euros for students; 853 euros from 1 September 2019). The Embassy and Consulate General reserve the right to request a blocked amount for up to two years in particular cases.

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. To the best of the Embassy's knowledge, the following Pakistani bank offers blocked accounts that meet the requirements of the visa procedure:

UBL Bank in Pakistan, see
This account can easily be opened at most UBL branches in Pakistan on a walk-in basis. Existing accounts of close relatives can be used as well. You do not have to come to the Embassy for this. Once you have arrived in Germany, you will have to open a blocked account with a German bank and transfer the funds to your new German blocked account.

Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreing Office - Blocked Accounts Website.


Your signature on the documents to open a blocked account has to be attested by the Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi or the Honorary Consul in Lahore. For the attestation appointment please provide your passport and a black-and-white copy including page 2 / the page showing your signature.

For an appointment with the Consular Section of the Embassy please click: here. The fee to be paid directly at the Embassy is about 4000 PKR (25,- €), but may change due to exchange rate. Please bring the exact amount. If you do not bring the exact amount or there is no change available at the counter, you will have to make a new appointment and bring the exact amount.
Please note that you have to book the online appointment for submission of your visa application seperately.

In all cases:

Please note that -when opening a blocked account- you enter into an agreement with the bank and that the German Federal Foreign Office has no influence on any decisions of the financial institution nor on your relationship with the same.

2) formal obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung”, declaration of liability) according to §§ 66-68 of the German Resident's Act by a sponsor residing in Germany and with confirmed sufficient financial means. Please also bring income proof and bank statement (last 6 months) of sponsor.

3) German or foreign official scholarship

Please note that a scholarship awarded by a Pakistani University is not sufficient, only a scholarship awarded by HEC can be accepted.

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