Residence Permit

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.

Residence Title: The generic term for an authorisation for entry and residence in Germany. A residence title can be issued as a visa or residence permit, among other things.

Visa: A confirmation from Germany allowing entry and residence for a certain period of time (usually marked directly in the passport). A visa is issued by the German authorities (German embassy or consulate) in your current place of residence.

Residence Permit :A temporary residence permit for foreigners. Reasons for a residence permit are, for example, residence due to purposes of study or employment.

Temporary pending-residency document (Fiktionsbescheinigung): This temporary pending-residence document extends a visa or residence permit until all paperwork for the application can be completed and the residence permit can be applied for. This document extends the previous residence title with all its additional provisions.

Border crossing certificate: A certificate that authorises the stay in Germany for a very short period of time. Example: If your residence permit expires and you have to stay in Germany for a few weeks (to complete exams, for example), a border crossing certificate ensures you to legally stay for those few weeks without having to apply for an extension of your current documents.

Arrival

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).

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.

Watch our video tutorial on how to fill out your residence permit application

Here is a tutorial video on how to fill out the application for a residence permit (currently only available in English)

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 .

Important: The monthly amount needed for the proof of financial means has been adjusted and is now 861,-€.

Proof of financial means can be provided in the following ways:

  • Certification from a German bank confirming an account balance of at least 10.332,- € in a blocked account (Sperrkonto), from which no more than 1/12 of the balance may be withdrawn monthly.
  • Declaration of commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung) from a person living in Germany according to § 68 AufenthG. This person must assume responsibility for the student’s subsistence during the entire course of their stay in Germany.
  • Proof of receipt of a scholarship with a monetary total of at least 861,- € per month.

Further Information

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.

Here you can find more information for the Foreigners Office in Darmstadt.

The following districts that belong to the city of Darmstadt are: Arheilgen, Bessungen, Eberstadt, Kranichstein, Wixhausen as well as Darmstadt-Mitte, Darmstadt-North, Darmstadt-East and Darmstadt-West.

Foreigners Office in Darmstadt

Address: Grafenstrasse 30, 64283 Darmstadt

Appointment: An appointment can be made directly with the Foreigners Office by filling out and emailing this form. For opening hours and contact information (telephone number and email address), please refer to the Foreigners Office Website directly.

Here you can find more information for the Foreigners Office belonging to the Darmstadt-Dieburg district.

The following districts that belong to the city of Darmstadt-Dieburg are: Alsbach-Hähnlein, Babenhausen, Bickenbach, Dieburg, Eppertshausen, Erzhausen, Fischbachtal, Griesheim, Groß-Bieberau, Groß-Umstadt, Groß-Zimmern, Messel, Modautal, Mühltal, Münster, Ober-Ramstadt, Otzberg, Pfungstadt, Reinheim, Roßdorf, Schaafheim, Seeheim-Jugenheim, Weiterstadt

Foreigners Office for the Darmstadt-Dieburg district

Besucheranschrift: Zwischenstandort Resopal, Hans-Böckler-Str. 4, 64823 Groß-Umstadt

Postanschrift: Kreisverwaltung Darmstadt-Dieburg, Ausländerbehörde, 64276 Darmstadt

Appointment: An appointment can be made directly with the Foreigners Office by filling out and emailing this form. For opening hours and contact information (telephone number and email address), please refer to the Foreigners Office website directly.

Double-Degree Students

This information is for students who will study abroad for two semesters and plan to return to TU Darmstadt to finish their studies/degree.

If you have a visa but it does not cover your entire study year here in Germany, you will need to apply for a residence permit. If you plan to return to TU Darmstadt after your year abroad, it would be ideal for you to apply for a 2-year residence permit or to renew your residence permit before going abroad. If you decide not to apply for a 2-year residence permit or renew your residence permit in general, you will typically have to reapply for a visa in order to re-enter Germany when you are abroad. This is contingent on your nationality and whether or not you need a visa to enter Germany.

If you choose to apply for a 2-year residence permit or extend your current residence permit to cover the time you are abroad you need to be aware of the following:

  • You will have to remain registered at the city hall as your residence permit is contingent/reliant on your residence here in Darmstadt. This means you will have to continue to pay the GEZ fees every month.
  • You will have to show a valid German health insurance covering the duration of your residence permit.
  • You will have to show proof of financial means via a scholarship or blocked account for the full 2-years (24 months) you wish to apply. Please see the section “residence permit” for more information.
  • You will also be required to send a notice to the foreigner’s office from your programme coordinator upon leaving that you will be out of the country for more than 6-months (An example of this letter can be sent upon request). If you are out of the country for more than 6-months without giving notice, you can run into problems when you return and/or switch your status later.

EU-Mobility Arrangement

This information is only for students who plan to study abroad in Germany for one or at most two semesters and already have a residence permit from another EU country.

  • If you enter Germany with a valid residence permit from another EU country, you are only legally allowed to stay in Germany for up to 90-days and under a tourist status. This is not valid to complete your studies.
  • If you have a valid residence permit in an EU country and plan to stay in Germany for only one or two semesters, TU Darmstadt can help you to apply for a limited stay within the EU Mobility “EU-REST Rechtlinie” arrangement. This allows you to stay in Germany for a maximum of 360 days. You will have to prove that your current residence permit is valid for the entire duration of your planned stay in Germany. Your legal status to stay in Germany will only be valid for the time your EU residence permit is valid.
  • If you extend your current residence permit while you are here in Germany, you will have to reapply for an extension of the EU-REST arrangement as soon as your new residence permit comes in, regardless of which EU country you come from.

If you plan to stay in Germany longer than these 360 days OR stay and look for a job here in Germany after your programme, the “EU-REST” clause is not applicable, as you will be forced to leave Germany following these 360 days. However, in this case you can apply for a regular German visa to enter Germany.

If you have any questions about which documents we would need from you to fulfil this application, you can find the information here on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Disclaimer

The information on this website is not legally binding.