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
  • Job seekers 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?

Important

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.