I know from my personal experience that many Indian students/ employees are unaware of the fact that they can bring their dear ones to Germany using a formal obligation letter. This is not a much-discussed topic and that is why I would like to unveil the procedure behind it. It is very simple. But the lack of information/ vagueness can actually make it feel complex. All you need to have is to get a formal obligation letter from the German Embassy in your area and send it to your dear one. Formal obligation letter as the name implies means that you are ready to sponsor the person staying with you by financially supporting their expenses. Generally, you can apply for a period of maximum 3 months. Irrespective of the time your friend/spouse/relative staying with you, you have to open a blocked account in Deutsche bank or any other bank with an amount of approximately 1400 euros.
Let’s go through the application procedure step by step.
One thing you should be aware of is that this amount will remain blocked and it is not meant to use when he/she arrives. This is just a way to ensure that he/she is safely returning back to India and if there is any misconduct during your stay, this amount will not be returned. Once your friend returns, you have to take a copy of the immigration stamping in the passport and show it to the embassy. They will then initiate the process of unblocking your account. Again you will get a letter from the embassy which you can show in the bank so they will proceed further. Within 2 weeks, your amount will be credited back to your account.
If you want to invite your friends/relatives/spouse for enjoying a short summer vacation or a festival or any important occasion, you can actually make use of a formal obligation letter. There is no limit on the number of persons you can bring at a time using the invitation letter as long as you have the money. Also, you can bring n number of times as there is no restriction as well for this. But please note that the person you invite is not allowed to work with this visa as it is illegal. This is equivalent to a visiting visa where he/she can stay for a longer time with you. And the person you invite can also freely move within Europe just like your Schengen visa. Even if you are a student or an employee, you can bring your dear ones if you can make a blocked account for them.