My friend, an Indian national, recently completed a Masters level course in France and has been admitted by a German institute for a PhD program. His contract is of 'wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter', and will receive a salary and make state contributions. He is applying for a type D visa using with this form and this document checklist, and he will submit his application to the Consulate of Germany in Paris.
- Is it correct to select "Employment" in question 9 of the form despite this being PhD studies?
- The form asks in question 6, "Vorgesehener Aufenthaltsort in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Intended place of stay in Germany". As he has not availed accommodation in Germany yet, is it sufficient to mention the name and postcode of the institute?
- The last item in the document checklist asks for insurance, but footnote 2 specifies that it is not required for applicants who pay social security contributions. Is it correct to infer that he does not require health insurance, or does he need to purchase private health insurance?
- Question 12 of the form asks for the intended duration of stay in Germany. Is it correct to enter the start and end date of the contract considering that PhDs may last longer than initially expected? Would it be acceptable to enter the start date as being a few days prior to the start date of the contract?