One of my friends had recently applied for a visa and had got approved, but due to loan problems he is unable to use his Visa right now and leave for Germany, will it be a problem for his future Student Visa processes even if he applies for a new country other than Germany. Please advise he's really worried.

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    Unused visas are not at all a problem for future visas (source:personal experience) – skv Nov 27 '14 at 13:07
  • "is unable to use his Visa right now and leave for Germany".His nationality is Indian and no he's never been to Germany.. – Dinesh Nov 27 '14 at 13:08
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    Not using an issued visa is no problem at all. He won't get a refund, though. His visa is paid for and for sure he doesn't overstay on it ;-), so he will get any future visa for Germany approved if the other factors are the same. There is no field "did you apply for a visa and then didn't use it", only a field "did you apply for a visa and were rejected"... – Alexander Nov 27 '14 at 14:50
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    I voted to leave it open because even though it is broad, there is no apparent way to narrow it. – Vince Nov 27 '14 at 15:11
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    I haven't used my Schengen visa once and no questions asked when I applied again and got one. – DumbCoder Nov 27 '14 at 21:48

The generic name for this type of situation is 'Change of Circumstances'. They do not count against the person if they are properly declared and not abused.

If your friend wants to play it strictly by the book, you can advise your friend to file a variance with the German consulate that issued the visa, and explain that the loan did not come through as planned and that they will not have the funds to sustain themselves. The German consulate will revoke the visa without prejudice and your friend's credibility will be enhanced the next time they apply for something.

On the other hand, if your friends arrives in Germany, they will be examined to assure that they have the necessary funds to support themselves and to pay for their courses AND to finally return to their home country. If they are unable to satisfy the border official that they have the means, then they will be vulnerable. Moreover, they will need to think up a convincing reason why they travelled knowing that they could not accomplish the purpose of their visa.

  • That... doesn't make sense. How could German immigration possibly know about a loan refusal in India? If they show up at the border with a valid visa, they'll (most likely) get in. If they never use the visa, no harm done. – lambshaanxy Nov 27 '14 at 22:25
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    @jpatokal, please see Regulation 562/2006, particularly Article 7. Or alternatively, provide another answer :) – Gayot Fow Nov 27 '14 at 23:30
  • I'm asking about practice, not theory here. How could German immigration possibly know about a loan refusal in India? – lambshaanxy Nov 27 '14 at 23:57
  • @jpatokal, why do they need to know about it? – Gayot Fow Nov 28 '14 at 0:12
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    What are you referring to with "if they show up at the border and DO NOT declare the change of circumstances, then there's a problem" then? – lambshaanxy Nov 28 '14 at 0:17

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