What is a blocked account?

blocked account (Sperrkonto) is a special type of bank account that is - in most cases - necessary for your German visa application and is also a requirement when applying for a residence permit once in Germany.

If you are a foreign student, au-pair, language student or jobseeker who is not from an EU Member State, you must prove that you have the financial resources to pay for all your living expenses during the time of your stay in Germany. It is usually required to provide the so-called "Proof of financial resources" when you apply for an entry visa or for a residence permit in Germany.

This proof is usually presented in the form of a blocked account. As the name says, a blocked account is not a normal bank account. Applicants must transfer a standard minimum amount into the blocked account before coming to Germany. To comply with German law, € 934.00 must be transferred into the account for each month that the applicant plans to stay in Germany (usually for up to 12 months). This "blocked amount" will remain frozen in the account, until the account holder arrives in Germany. There are also limitations on the amount that can be withdrawn or transferred by the account holder within the defined period.

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Embassies and consulates have the right to request a blocked amount that is different from the minimum amount required by law, based on your personal situation. Usually, however, they request the standard minimum blocked amount.

👉 What is the standard "monthly sum" that I need to block?

🎬 We want to make sure that students planning their studies in Germany are properly informed about the requirements for their blocked account throughout their whole journey. This would help to avoid unnecessary costs, as well as additional hassle upon arrival. Watch this video explaining why it is important to open a blocked account specifically at a German bank from the very beginning: 

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