1,000 students face German visa hurdle

Staff Correspondent

4 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Around 1,000 Bangladeshi students who received scholarships and fellowships at different German universities did not get visas yet amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the lockdown in Bangladesh, the work of issuing German visas is suspended, but this can be done by following health guidelines.

Students said they will have to physically attend their educational institutions in Germany by August, although they have been attending classes online from Bangladesh for almost a year.  If they cannot go, their university administrations may cancel their studentship. The students said if the foreign ministry takes an initiative, they will be able to go to Germany easily.

Bangladeshi students destined for various German universities came up with the demand at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Monday.

Nazim Uddin, a student at OTH Amberg Weiden University in Germany, said more than 1,000 students who were admitted to more than 350 German universities last year are now stuck in Bangladesh.