Application or extension of 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.
Generally after registration at the Citizens' Advice Bureau you will get an individual appointment from the Foreigners' Office by post letter. If this is not the case, we recommend to make an appointment first (information on right hand side).
Our checklist provides all documents that are required in order to apply for a residence permit:
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.