Bangladeshi students enrolled at German universities who could not manage to go to Germany since last year when COVID-19 erupted have urged for student visa facilitation as some universities in Germany will require students to attend in-person classes starting next semester.
According to Erudera.com, around 1,000 Bangladeshi students who received scholarships and fellowships to pursue studies at various universities in Germany could not head to the country due to visa problems amid the pandemic.
During a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity, some students studying at German universities students called on the German embassy in Dhaka and the foreign ministry to make visa processing an emergency service amid the lockdown to prevent further COVID-19 spread.
A student of OTH Ambergen Weiden University in Germany, Nazim Uddin, said that over 1,000 students admitted to different universities in Germany during the past year still remain in Bangladesh.
Udding said that when the lockdown was announced in Bangladesh, the German embassy stopped its work to issue German visas, which according to him, can be done if the health rules are followed.
While students have so far been permitted to pursue lessons online, several German universities have recently notified their students that they are required to attend in-person classes next semester; therefore, by next August, they must be present at their university.
“We have been informed by letters from various universities in Germany that we have to go to our own university by August this year to take part in classes directly next semester,” Udding said.
Students have also submitted a memorandum to the foreign ministry, claiming that if the latter undertakes an initiative to simplify the visa process, students will be able to head to Germany in an easier way.
Almost all of the students said they have already deposited Tk 11 lakh in blocked accounts, and many of them also said they had submitted payments for their tuition fees, expressing concerns that they cannot leave in case the university administrators decide to cancel their admission.
150 students completed their visa applications at the German embassy in Dhaka in June 2020, and since that time, around 1,000 students have applied for a visa but did not receive it.