I wrote a post awhile back about everything I did wrong when applying for the Germany youth mobility visa. Since then, I’ve been flooded almost daily with your own questions. So I thought I’d put together a little FAQ session.
Take some time to scroll these questions to see if yours are the same (because nobody seems to bother to read through the comments on the previous post). I can’t answer them all, because I don’t work for the embassy, but I’ll at least share my own personal experience.
*NOTE: This post applies to Canadians only.
What was your letter of intent? Did you just write it up or was it an actual form?
My letter of intent was just a formal letter stating why I wanted to come to Germany, citing things like how I was interested in the culture and I wanted to learn German. There’s no form — think of it as a cover letter.
How long did it take for your visa to arrive after you mailed in the application?
It took about 10 days, but give yourself some time (I sent the wrong kind of cheque the first time and had to send it in later).
Did you need a return ticket back from Germany to Canada or was simply a ticket there sufficient?
Just a one-way ticket is required, but your travel insurance will have to cover the entire year.
What insurance company did you go with?
It was harder than I thought it would be to find insurance to cover me for a full year. World Nomads is my usual go to, but my dates muddled things a little.
I probably could have phoned in to arrange something, but I found a cheaper rate with Merit Travel anyway. It tends to be the go-to insurance for Canadians doing the SWAP program abroad. A full year cost me nearly $800.
Another excellent option: Safety Wing. This travel insurance company will cover you for a year for nearly half the price of what I paid. You can get a quote for free — just make sure it covers the requirements for your visa.