I am an Indian student studying in Italy on an Italian long-term student visa (multiple entry). I recently received an admission from a German university and wish to migrate to Germany. Can I move to Germany from Italy without applying for German visa?
You are definitely not allowed to study for more than 90 days (or otherwise reside) in Germany on your Italian visa. It would sometimes be possible to enter the country using that visa and to apply directly for a residence permit, thus saving some time, but it does not appear to be the case for you, as an Indian citizen coming to study in Germany.
Consequently, you need to apply for a German visa outside of the country. However, you do not necessarily need to do that in your country of origin/citizenship. Consulates generally serve people residing in the relevant area and it is definitely possible to apply for a German visa in Italy or elsewhere in the EU. You will need to check with the German consulate what they require to establish that you are a resident but I assume that a long-stay visa should be enough.
If you have an Italian D visa, you are allowed to travel to Germany as if you had a Schengen C multiple-entry visa. That means you can only stay 90 days out of every 180 days, you cannot take a job there, etc. This will not be enough to become a student in Germany.
- You will probably be unable to enroll at the university without residency in Germany.
- It will be difficult to attend all necessary classes, exams, and meetings in the 90/180 rule. It might be possible if you commute every weekend.
- You will not be able to rent a normal flat from a reputable landlord. Hotels or tourist housing will be more expensive on the long run. Also, you will be required to register your primary place of residence with the municipal authorities. That makes dodging the 90/180 rule difficult.