Ausländeramt Bochum 6

Application or extension of your residence permit

Usually students from non-EU-countries have to apply for a residence permit for Germany after arrival. The Foreigners' Office of the city where you are living, is responsible for the permits.

Our checklist provides all documents that are required in order to apply for a residence permit:

Checklist residence permit

  • Passport
  • application for residence permit
  • a biometric passport picture (sample)
  • current certificate of enrollment (sample)
  • proof of health insurance
  • proof of finance
  • Visa-fee up to 110 EUR in cash or by cash card

    (students, gaining a scholarship funded by German fundings do not have to pay the Visa-fee!)

This information is only effected to applications of residence permits at the Foreigners' Office in Bochum.

Please note that we may unfortunately no longer offer group appointments (except for exchange students) at the Foreigners' Office. If you have difficulties regarding the application, please contact us!

Students from EU-countries do not have to apply at the Foreigners' Office, but get a declaration of their freedom of movement ("Freizügigkeit"). The Citizens' Advice Bureau is responsible for these applications.

Extension of your residence permit

As part of the extension of your residence permit, the Foreigners' Office will contact you or the university to inquire about your course of studies.

Inquiries from the Foreigners' Office regarding your course of studies

The statement of the faculty includes

  • your current number of semesters
  • the standard period of study
  • the information if your studies are going according to plan
  • if applicable, information on credit points already earned

If your studies have gone according to plan, you can either submit your statement directly to the foreigners’ office or send it by e-mail to your contact person.
If your course of studies is not according to plan, please contact us. In a personal consultation, you can explain the reasons for the delay in your studies.
Please bring the following documents with you:

  • a transcript of records (incl. “Optionalbereich”)
  • a plan showing your course of studies
  • if necessary, medical certificates or similar documents explaining the delay of your course of study

After the consultation, we will write a statement which also considers your individual situation. The statement is very important for the extension of your residence permit. Therefore, please use this opportunity.

Foreigners' Office in Bochum

Willy-Brandt-Platz 2-6
44777 Bochum
Tel.:+49 (0) 234 910-24 00
Fax: +49 (0) 234 910-19 94

Office hours
Cost overview

Making an appointment

By phone call:
+49 (0) 234 910-1577

  • Monday to Wednesday
    7 am to 9 am
    1 pm to 3 pm
  • Thursday
    9 am to 11 am
    3 pm to 6 pm
  • Friday
    7 am to 9 am

By Email:


Application and extension of residence permit   (234.9 kB)

How to pick up the residence permit (eAT)   (285.0 kB)

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