Foreigners who are not citizens of an EU country and want to stay in Germany for a certain period of time need a permit. This permit is issued by the foreigner’s authority for a certain period of time.
The residence permit determines for what purpose and under what conditions a person from a third country may stay in Germany.
In addition, it states until when the residence title is limited, i.e. until when the person may stay in Germany.
If you are not in Germany yet, please refer to the information on our website in the section Visa Procedure, regarding the entry requirements you may have to fulfill.
As soon as you are in Germany, the local foreigner’s office authorities are your contacts for questions regarding your residence status. First, you will have to register at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt); you will then receive a letter by post with an appointment for the Foreigners Office to determine your status here in Germany. This is where you can apply for a residence permit (extension of your study visa).
1.3 Visa & Residence Permit Inquiry Form
If you have any questions specifically pertaining to your individual situation or you have a general inquiry regarding your current visa or residence permit, please fill in this form.
We will get back to you with more information as soon as we can.
2 Local Authorities
Once you are in Germany the local foreigners office is your point of contact in all regards concerning your residence permit. After you have registered with the residents' registration office you will receive an invitation from the foreigner's office for an appointment.
The information on this website is not legally binding.