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Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of studying

You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of studying if you want to study in Germany and are admitted to a state-recognized university or a comparable educational institution in Germany. The course must be a full-time course of study.

The purpose of the study also includes preparatory measures for studies. Preparatory measures for studies are:

  • attendance of a preparatory language course if admission to the programme has already been granted and admission is linked to attending a preparatory course, and
  • attending a Studienkolleg or a comparable institution, if a place is safely available.

The residence permit for the purpose of studying is a temporary residence permit. It is granted for a minimum of one year and usually for a maximum of two years or for the duration of the study if the study lasts less than two years.

When participating in a Union or multilateral programme with mobility measures (e.B. ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union) or if the foreigner is subject to an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, the residence permit is issued for at least two years or for the duration of the study if the study lasts less than two years.

With your residence permit for the purpose of studying, you may work for up to 120 days or 240 half days a year or be a student part-time job. In the case of preparatory measures in the first year, you are not allowed to work, except during the holiday season

Process flow

The residence permit must be applied for at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence. The procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on the foreigners' registration office and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out whether your immigration office offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your proofs will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • In the event of an electronic application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you upon receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office will arrange for the eAT card to be produced.
  • After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card at the Foreigners' Registration Office.
  • The eAT card must always be collected in person.
  • Fees apply for issuing the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.

Competent authority

The immigration authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence.

Requirements

  • You have a recognised and valid passport or passport substitute and - if required for entry - a sappropriated visa.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You are admitted to a state-recognised university or educational institution in Germany.
  • Your livelihood is secured for the duration of your studies.
  • Depending on the study requirements of your degree programme, you may have to prove to the Foreigners' Registration Office any language skills required for your studies (usually at least at level B2). No proof of language skills must be provided if these have already been checked by the host university as part of the admission decision or are to be acquired as part of a preparatory language course

Which documents are required?

  • Valid passport
  • Current biometric photo
  • Visa, if required
  • Proof of subsistence (e.B. scholarship certificate, declaration of commitment, blocked account at a bank, proof of the income of the parents or similar)
  • lease
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • Letter of admission from the educational institute
  • If necessary, proof of the required language skills, e.B. by suitable language certificates such as language tests of the ALTE-certified examination providers Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, ÖSD, TestDAF, but also DSH, DSD, TOEFL, IELTS
  • When participating in preparatory measures: Proof of admission to the Studienkolleg or to a preparatory language course

What are the fees?

Issuance of residence permit: EUR 100,00

Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or fee exemption may be considered.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • The residence permit should be applied for at least eight weeks before the expiry of your still valid visa or residence permit.
  • Appeal period: 1 month

Processing duration

about six to eight weeks

Legal basis

§ 16b Abs. 1 AufenthG

§ 16b Abs. 1 AufenthaltsG

Applications / forms

  • Forms: Forms can be obtained from your immigration office, if necessary they are also offered online
  • Online procedure possible in isolated cases
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

Appeal

An action may be brought before the competent administrative court against negative decisions of the Foreigners' Registration Office.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Unit 64 (Aliens and Asylum Law)

Professionally released on

27.10.2020

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Sicherheit und Ordnung

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Ausländerbehörde
Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.