What is a blocking account (Sperrkonto)?

A blocking account (Sperrkonto) is a special type of bank account. A Sperrkonto is a requirement when applying for certain visas and residence permits.

Unlike a normal bank account, a blocked account only lets you withdraw a fixed amount every month.

Fintiba, Expatrio and some Sparkasse branches offer blocking accounts.1 Deutsche Bank stopped offering them.2

Sources and footnotes
  1. allaboutberlin.com 

  2. Twitter