The Government of Germany has made a new announcement concerning students coming to the country. International students planning to go to study in Germany this semester, following online-only courses won’t be eligible for visas. This decision was taken owing to the current COVID-19 situation.
Also, non-EU students will have to get a “certificate of presence” from universities in Germany so that they can apply for a visa.
The decision has come 2 months prior to the beginning of the winter semester in Germany. Now only those foreign students who can give proof that their studies have no alternative than to enter the country can enter the country to start their studies. Those who are going to follow distance learning or online studies won’t be allowed to enter Germany. This was pointed out by Anja Kaliczek, the Education Minister of Germany.
A decision of similar nature was one attempted by US President Donald Trump. The Trump administrations had planned to disallow international students to live in the US while attending classes online in fall. But he abandoned the idea as a lawsuit was filed by the attorneys of 17 states along with the District of Columbia against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security. The case was for not allowing international students to take online classes.
At that point in time, Kalrliczek welcomed Trump’s decision to drop his plan.
For the winter semester, German universities are planning to offer a mix of physical and online classes. For these mixed classes, international students from outside the EU are permitted to arrive in the country on a Germany student visa.
The majority of courses in German universities aren’t planning to move fully online. So, the decision is not possibly going to affect too many international students.
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