To obtain a visa for Germany, a person has to prove that they can pay the costs of their trip and stay. When someone cannot do so for certain types of visa (student visa, marriage visa, etc.), a third person can submit a so-called "declaration of commitment". This way, that person guarantees to assume all costs for the person entering the country in an emergency. The declaration of commitment also includes the costs of possible medical treatment or deportation.
Declaration of Commitment for National Visa Type D
Can I submit a Declaration of Commitment?
When third-country nationals (i.e. citizens of non-EU countries) want to apply for a national visa for Germany, they usually have to prove that they have enough money to support themselves during their stay. If they cannot do so themselves, a person living in Germany can vouch for them under certain circumstances. This can be a relative, acquaintance or a company or institution that can prove they have sufficient funds. Such a guarantee is known as a "Verpflichtungserklärung" or "declaration of commitment". A declaration of commitment can then be presented as proof of financial support for the visa application. Such financial support, however, does not work for all visas - in principle, it only applies to the following visas:
- Student visa
- Vocational Training visa
- Jobseekers visa
- Marriage visa
- Visa for attending a language course/school
Here you can learn everything about the declaration of commitment for long-term visits. In our chapter "Declaration of commitment for a visitor visa", you can learn more about the declaration of commitment for short-term visas.
What do I have to know?
What is a declaration of commitment?
What requirements do I have to meet to submit a declaration of commitment for someone?
How can I prove that I have enough money to submit a declaration of commitment?
How much money do I need to have to submit a declaration of commitment?
How long is the declaration of commitment valid?
What do I commit myself to with a declaration of commitment?
Where can I submit a declaration of commitment?
What documents do I need?
What do I do after the appointment at the Immigration Office?
Where can I find information on a declaration of commitment for an admission programme?
Deliberately providing incorrect or incomplete information when submitting a declaration of commitment is a criminal offence. If proven, the perpetrator faces a fine or a prison sentence.