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 foreigners office authorities are your contacts for questions regarding your residence status. First, you have to complete your city registration (Einwohnermeldeamt). After that, you can make an appointment at the Foreigners Office to apply for a residence permit (extension of your study visa).
1.3 ISS Visa & Residence Permit Inquiry Form
Please note that contacting ISS does not exempt you from contacting the Foreigners Office. In any case, you must submit an application to the Foreigners Office independently before your residence permit/ visa expires.
1.4 Applying for a Residence Permit
It is mandatory to contact the Foreigners Office in writing BEFORE the expiration of your current residence status. Ideally, you should contact the Foreigners office four months before the expiration date of your visa or residence permit.
Please note: If the application is not submitted to the Foreigners Office in due time (before the expiration of the validity period), the current residence title will expire and you will be obliged to leave Germany.
You can contact the Foreigners Office in Darmstadt. by e-mail or to apply for the conferral or extension of your residence permit. Not sure how to word the request? Take a look at our contact form (opens in new tab) wording guide.
Please note: this tutorial video is only valid for those registered with the Foreigners Office in Darmstadt.
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
Please note: If you are not able to present all the required documents on time for the appointment, cancel the appointment at the Foreigners' Office in a timely manner in order to get a new appointment as soon as possible. Without the required documents, the Foreigners' Office will not be able to process your case.
2 Local Authorities
Once you are in Germany, the local foreigners offices (Ausländerbehörden) are your point of contact for any questions regarding your residency status.
If the Ausländerbehörde in Darmstadt is responsible for your case, you can contact them via email or their . You will receive an automated response, and it is important to keep a record of the receipt of this email. contact form
The information on this website is not legally binding.
Certificate for Foreigners' Office
To get a form from the Foreigners' Office or a confirmation, please contact International Admission.