0754 GMT October 31, 2020
International students, who have been widely affected by the EU-wide travel ban imposed in Germany and the whole Europe in mid-March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are using social media to ask the German authorities to prevent them from losing the chance to study in Germany, according to collegenews.org.
Under the hashtag #EducationIsNotTourism, the students who have been admitted at German universities are demanding from the German embassies resume student visa application processing so they can get their visas on time to attend their studies in Germany.
Back in March, all German embassies abroad closed and halted visa processing. While some of the embassies have already resumed work, student visas are not being processed, despite that the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists “foreign students whose course of study is not fully possible from abroad” as persons with an essential reason of entry to Germany.
Iranian students unable to attend their studies on time have united together, and as a group, are expressing their discontent with the “performance” of the German Embassy in Tehran.
“Some of us have Ph.D. admissions and are worried about their contracts expiring. Some of us have admission in M.A. programs and in the winter semester of 2020, their universities did not offer online program, and they will not be able to differ their upcoming semester,” a student representing the group said.
These students also, want the German Embassy to start the process of interviewing new students as soon as possible.