Are the forms available in other languages?
As an internationally active bank, DB Privat- und Firmenkundenbank AG provides all its forms in both German and English.
Which forms do I have to send for the account opening?
The complete account opening forms, certified by the embassy, must be sent to us by the German Embassy/Consulate.
If there is a branch of Deutsche Bank in your country that can provide assistance with opening of the blocked account, you can visit the branch with the completed form, your passport, verification of the origin of funds, and a copy of the confirmation from the university/language school.
What should I put under "tax-related details"?
You may leave this field empty.
What should I put under “internal remarks”?
You may leave this field empty.
What is the account lead fee for the account?
Account management services for the blocked account in Germany are 5,90 EUR per month.
You can find details of charges for additional services not included in the AktivKonto account package in the current List of Prices and Services. In addition, a fee for the lock in the amount of 150,- EUR is charged.
Do I need a second account that is not blocked?
It is not necessary to open another account. Within the monthly allowance, you can make use of all the services available for a normal current account.
Will I receive an EC card or a credit card?
The application of a credit card with direct disposition (DB Card Plus) is possible without further ado. Please inform yourself in your branch.
Specific amounts are already printed on the supplementary form. My embassy requires different amounts. What should I do?
The amounts printed on the supplementary form are the most common standard amounts. If the German Embassy requires different amounts, please write these in the empty fields next to the printed amounts.
What does “basic amount” mean?
The basic amount is the amount that remains blocked in your account after the month‘s use until the account release is approved by the German Embassy or the immigration office.
Why does the blocked account cost €150?
This is the fee that covers setting up the account and extending the block whenever necessary, including providing confirmation to the German Embassy abroad and the immigration office in your current place of residence in Germany. You agreed to this fee when signing the account opening form and/or supplementary form for opening/extension.
Do I need to pay in the €150 separately?
When your full blocking deposit is credited, we debit the agreed service charge of €150.
In order to have the full monthly sum at your disposal right from the beginning, we recommend that you also transfer this additional €150 to cover the service charge. When making the transfer, please note all applicable charges levied by your bank at home.
Do I have to provide the admission letter from the university?
You must enclose the admission letter because only students may apply to open a blocked account.
Why can I not print out a blank version of the account opening form?
For better legibility and accuracy of processing, the account opening form can only be filled out on a computer. Once all mandatory fields have been filled, the document can be printed out.
Why does the word "ungültig” (invalid) appear when I print out the account opening form?
The word "ungültig” (invalid) appears because not all of the mandatory fields have been filled. Please check all fields that are outlined in red in the document. Once all mandatory fields have been filled, the word "ungültig” (invalid) disappears automatically and you can print out the document.
Under Personal Details, what must I check under "Ich bin ausschließlich in Deutschland / folgenden Ländern außerhalb Deutschland steuerlich ansässig“ (For tax purposes, I am resident exclusively in Germany / the following countries outside Germany)?
Here you must check the applicable answer - depending on where you are resident for tax purposes.
What must I enter in the fields “Land” (country) and TIN?
If you have checked the field "Ich bin in folgenden Ländern außerhalb Deutschlands steuerlich ansässig" (I am resident in the following countries outside Germany for tax purposes), then you must enter the relevant country or countries here together with your tax number(s) (TIN: Taxpayer Identification Numbers). If you do not have a tax number, please enter “not available”.
Which documents can I submit to verify the origin of funds?
Documents that can be accepted as verification of origin of funds include bank statements, proof of scholarship and proof of donation. Make sure that the verified amount equals atleast the amount that is transferred onto the account in the beginning. It must not be older than 3 months. It must be in the name of the person that is noted as the transferor on the application form. Should it stem from multiple people, all of them must be listed on the application form and appropriate letters of verification must be attached.
In which languages are documents verifying the origin of funds accepted?
We can only accept documents in German or English.
I made use of the contact form several times in the past few days, but did not get a reply yet!
Be informed that processing of your request can take some time. To avoid multiple processing and to guarantee quick processing of all requests, we ask you to refrain from opening multiple requests.
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