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.
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).
1.4 Applying for a Residence Permit
Please note: this tutorial video is only valid for those registered with the Foreigners Office in Darmstadt. If you have any questions on how to fill out the application form for the Foreigners Office in Darmstadt-Dieburg, please contact us directly via email.
1.5 Required Documents
In this (opens in new tab) you will find a list of all the documents that are required to apply for a residence permit. Checklist
On our (opens in new tab) we have collected the different options you have to provide proof of your financial means for the application. information sheet
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.
Certificate for Foreigners' Office
To get a form from the Foreigners' Office filled out for you or for a confirmation, please send the following documents via email as .pdf attachments to International Admission.