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The Visa Shock

12/06/2017 - 09:14-4 Comments by | china flag

This week, I want to write about something I found very surprising, or should I say shocking.

It begins a couple of weeks ago as I received my electronic admission letter from Hochschule Offenburg. Naturally, my first reaction, other than being super excited, was to book a visa appointment now that I was sure I would be going to Germany. So, I open the “German Missions in Pakistan” website to check for suitable appointment dates at the Islamabad Embassy, only to see that there were no appointments available in the month of May.

Well, that’s understandable. So, I check for June and I start getting suspicious of what I see…

June_Visa appointment screenshot

  No appointments available in June.

As I move on to look at July, I become worried.

July_Visa appointment screenshot

                        No appointments available in July.

I quickly check for appointment slots available in August…

August_ Visa appointment screenshot

                       No appointments available in August.

I close and open the page, and repeat this several times, to make sure it wasn’t my internet connection fooling with me. Well, it wasn’t. There were quite literally NO appointments available at the Islamabad Embassy for the next three months!

Yesterday, I checked the website to see what September looked like. (Just for fun, as I had already decided to book an appointment at the German Embassy in Beijing instead). This is what September looked like:

September_ Visa appointment screenshot

                No appointments available in September.

I am not quite sure how to interpret this. Perhaps applicants based in Pakistan book a visa appointment as soon as they start applying to German universities (as suggested on the website), or perhaps there are too few appointment slots or too many applicants… or… well, I don’t know. But I do hope all the candidates who need a visa already have their appointments booked. And to all the future applicants, if you come across this blog post, I hope it serves as a warning — you really need to book that appointment early on or there won’t be any left.

On the other hand, what do the appointment slots at the German Embassy in Beijing look like? I will put it this way – applicants based in Beijing are very lucky and may be completely unaware of the struggles some face with booking a visa appointment.  (*°▽°*)

Beijing_Visa appointment slots_副本

 Visa appointment in June at the  German Embassy in Beijing

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Comments

4 Comments

    i knowww right!!!

    Comment by timo created 22/06/2017 - 10:03

      Yes (ノへ ̄、)

      Comment by Rumeng created 24/06/2017 - 11:54

    Hi..
    It’s very much useful tips for the students who are preparing for study in Germany and also your writing is very good.

    Comment by COLIN PETERS created 26/06/2017 - 06:04

      Hi Colin Peters. Thanks for the kind comment! I am glad you found it useful. Thank you for the compliment also 🙂

      Comment by Rumeng created 27/06/2017 - 17:06

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