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Identity Verification for Bank Accounts – Opening a Blocked (limited withdrawal) Account for Students


Revised procedures for ID checks for German banks

Following the amendment of the German Money Laundering Act the German missions abroad can no longer notarize signatures or perform identity verification to open a new account, for loan applications or similar cases. This also applies to credit card applications. Please contact the bank which sent you the documents on how to proceed.

Exempt from this new ruling are blocked accounts for foreign students who must apply for a student visa before entering Germany and who need to open an account in Germany in order to prove sufficient financial means for their stay in Germany. In these cases only, the German missions abroad are allowed to notarize signatures or to perform identity verification.

For more information on the banks offering such limited withdrawal accounts and the procedure of identity verification in the UAE follow the link below.

Please note that the aforementioned identity verification is necessary for Deutsche Bank only. For the certification of your signature on applications for Deutsche Bank, please visit the Consulate General in Dubai in Person after booking an appointment with

on our website and present the following documents :

  • completed account opening form
  • your valid passport ( black- White copy including the page with your signature)
  • copy of the admission letter from the university/ language school

The fee for the certification of the signature is 20 EUR. Please pay in cash in AED only.

More information about blocked accounts can be found here.

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