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30th June 2015 || Mumbai Consulate || University of Paderborn || CS
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30th June 2015 || Mumbai Consulate || University of Paderborn || CS
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German Visa experience – Mumbai Consulate, 30th June 2015
University: University of Paderborn
Course: Computer Science

I booked my appointment by calling the Helpline number: 022-67866013 on 17th June, 2015 and the first available slot was 30th June at 11:15 AM, which i booked.

I reached the consulate around 10:15 AM. There was already a queue at the gate. They were checking the DD and the appointment letter at the gate and were letting people in one by one. Parents/Relatives were not allowed inside. We were also told to switch off the mobiles and keep it inside the bag. The bag has to be kept in the corner once you are in and you have to only carry your documents with you thereafter.

I was then provided with the checklist to arrange the documents. There were checklists for all Visa types. We are only supposed to make the sets with the documents mentioned in the checklist. Carry all the other documents (like work experience documents, accommodation proof, etc.) and present them only when asked. You are also required to write your name (in block letters), phone number and passport number on the back of the DD. They also provide glue to paste the photographs on the application forms along with paper clips which you can also use.

Following documents were mentioned in the checklist in the same order:

1. Application Form
2. Declaration
3. Covering Letter
4. Admission Letter
5. (If applicable, contract of agreement between institute and applicant)
6. Proof of Financial means
7. University Degree
8. Proof of Language Proficiency
9. Travel Insurance
10. Copy of passport

You need to make 2 identical sets of above mentioned documents. Once you are done arranging your documents you will be called one by one and your documents will be verified at a counter. You need to carry the two sets of documents arranged in above order, DD, 2 copies of DD form, passport and a photograph. The guy at the counter will check all the documents, staple them, return unnecessary documents and provide you the token number for your interview.

You need to wait until your token is displayed. My token was 11 and my number came at around 12:00 PM.

The VO was a young Indian girl maybe in her late 20's.

ME: Hello.
VO: Please Drop both the sets, DD, DD forms and Passport in the tray.
ME: (Dropped)
VO: Which Visa?
Me: Student Visa.
VO: Which university and which course?
Me: University of Paderborn, Master of Science in Computer Science.
VO: What are you doing currently in India?
ME: I am working as a software engineer.
Vo: Which company?
Me: Told
Vo: Have you resigned?
Me: Yes
VO: Are you released?
Me: No, still one and half month is remaining.
I asked her if she needs my work experience documents, she said something which was not clear but it was not a yes, so i didn't provide them.Razz
Then she started looking at my documents.
Vo: When does the enrollment end?
Me: October 8th.
Vo: When does classes start? (She checked all these details on the admission letter, but still was verifying the same)
Me: 19th October, but before that there is a orientation week from 12t to 16th.
Vo: You got admit in April, why are you applying so late?
Me: My blocked account was not ready.
VO: Is there tuition fee?
Me: No, just the semester contribution of 270 Euros.
VO: Any other universities you applied to?
Me: Told few universities i applied in.
Vo: Rejects? Admits?
Me: Told about the rejects. I got admit from TU Darmstadt the day before (29th June). I told her about that also.
Vo: So you wont be going to TU Darmstadt?
Me: No, i like the curriculum of this course better.
Then she asked me for my original documents. Degree Certificate, Marksheets, 10th and 12th Marksheets and Certificates, TOEFL score card and Original Admission letter. I asked her if she needs to see my offer letter, she said no. She also handed me the questionnaire to fill. It had following question:
1. From where did you get to know about this course. If from a website, mention the name.
2. Why did you choose this university?
3. Course (Mention few modules from your course)
4. Other universities you have applied to. How does the course differ from the current course?
5. Researchers in your field? Please do not mention professors from your course
6. Marks/grades in 10th, 12th and bachelors and medium of instruction for each
7. Gaps in education if any (more than 6 months) after 10th, 12th or Bachelors, justify the gaps.
8. Explain what you did after your bachelors (if gap of more than 6 months). And also mention the time span.

Meanwhile she checked my original documents.
VO: Any backlogs?
Me: No.
I continued filling the questionnaire. After some time,
VO: So no backlogs?
Me: No mam. (Not sure why this confirmation)Shocked
I completed the questionnaire and returned it to her. She then returned all the originals back.
VO: You have mentioned your office address as your current address?
(My permanent address is U.P. address and i am living in Pune for last one year as i am working there, but my rental agreement for current flat was expiring on 30th June, same day as my VI, so i mentioned my office address as current address)
ME: Actually my current rental agreement is expiring today and i am still searching for new accomodation. Also, since i will be there in Pune for just two more months i am looking for some temporary accomodation. So i mentioned office address.
VO: But we need your current address.
ME: I haven't got anything yet, i am still looking. I also enquired this situation through mail from consulate and they told me to mention my office address.
VO: Ok fine.
Then she went inside for some meeting or something and asked me to wait.

She came back after 10-15 mins. After this bio-metric was done. She didnt ask for any additional document from me, not even accomodation proof or work experience letter (i have 5 years of work-ex) so i confirmed one more time if she need any more documents. She said no.
After that, she stamped a D seal on my Passport and gave me receipt along with the passport and told me that it will take 8-12 weeks for visa processing and that i will be notified via mail to my email-id. I was out by 12:30 PM.

Hope this helps for future aspirants. Fingers crossed now!!! Smile

07-01-2015 01:53 AM
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RE: 30th June 2015 || Mumbai Consulate || University of Paderborn || CS
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Congrats! Applause Now wait patiently for a month or so for the approval mail
I suppose there was also a guy from Pune, applying for H_da who had the same VI slot as yours. He is my future classmate at H_da

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vickeykamat Thanks man

Its just patience game now Smile

Yes, there were around 10-12 people who were there for student Visa yesterday.

07-01-2015 01:30 PM
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Please add this thread too under Winter Semester 2015/16 VI Experiences HERE

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congratulations sunny55
All the best
07-03-2015 07:07 PM
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Hey did u got any notification from Mumbai consulate for Visa
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Nothing yet. Still Waiting

07-20-2015 09:36 AM
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Hi sunny55

Did u get any notification from mumbai consulate?
07-29-2015 02:14 PM
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Nope...will update the thread once i get it.

When did you apply?

07-29-2015 04:31 PM
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(07-29-2015 04:31 PM)sunny55 Wrote:  Nope...will update the thread once i get it.

When did you apply?

I will have my interview on 3rd Aug.
07-31-2015 01:16 PM
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Did you get the visa approval mail?
08-08-2015 09:13 PM
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(08-08-2015 09:13 PM)cheetah198816 Wrote:  @[sunny55]


Did you get the visa approval mail?

No man, i am still waiting. I am thinking of calling the consulate to check on the status.

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Please do that.May b your visa would have arrived!!!
08-10-2015 07:04 PM
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I called the Mumbai Consulate number and instead of transferring my call to visa section they asked me to write a mail to them for which I got the following response:

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your email.

The visa application process involves participation with various German authorities. Feedback of the German domestic authorities is still pending.
You will be informed as soon as a final decision comes through.

Please note that the processing might take up to 12 weeks, and in some cases, even longer.

The German Consulate General has no means of speeding up the process. Therefore, please do refrain from further inquiries with regards to status of your application.

Sincerely,
Visa Section,
German Consulate General, Mumbai.

So i guess all i can do now is wait Neutral

08-11-2015 02:01 PM
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