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Applying for an extension of the residence permit for the purpose of research

The residence permit for the purpose of research is a temporary residence permit. You can apply for the extension of the residence permit for the purpose of research if your work at a German research institution is to be continued beyond the period of validity of your residence permit.

Apply for the extension of your residence permit at least eight weeks before the expiry of the time limit at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence.

The same conditions apply to the renewal of the residence permit for the purpose of research as to the granting of it. In particular, you should be able to submit a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution.

If you were obliged to participate in an integration course when you first issued your residence permit, this will be taken into account when extending your residence permit. If you have not yet taken part in an integration course, the Foreigners' Registration Office may reject your application for an extension of the residence permit. If you have not yet completed the integration course, the residence permit will only be extended by one year until you successfully complete it or provide proof that your integration into social life has taken place elsewhere.

In the event of an extension, your residence permit will again be limited in time. The residence permit for the purpose of research is extended for the duration of the research project.

As a rule, the residence permit cannot be extended if this has already been ruled out when the residence permit was issued or last extended.

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

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