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Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of research


You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of research if you have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution in Germany for the purpose of carrying out a research project.

With a German residence permit for research purposes, you can also conduct research and teach in another EU state for a limited period of time. Some member states require a separate notification to the respective competent authorities for this purpose. You can find information on the homepage of the Federal Office for Migration and on the procedure and contact details of the respective National Contact Points in other EU member states (see "Further information").

The residence permit for the purpose of research is a temporary residence title. It is issued for at least one year, and for at least two years if you are participating in a Union or multilateral programme with mobility measures. If the duration of the research project is shorter, it is issued for its duration, but for at least one year if participating in a Union or multilateral programme with mobility measures.

The residence permit entitles the holder to take up research activities at the research institution designated in the hosting agreement and to take up teaching activities. Changes to the research project during the stay do not result in the loss of this entitlement.

Process flow

The residence permit must be applied for at the aliens' registration office responsible for your place of residence. The procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on the foreigners authority and your concerns, it may be possible to apply via the internet. Find out whether your foreigners authority offers electronic application for the residence permit.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the Aliens' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your supporting documents 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 case of an electronic application, the Aliens' Registration Office will contact you after receiving your online application to arrange an appointment at the Aliens' Registration Office if necessary. During the appointment, your documents will be checked (please bring them with you 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 Aliens' Registration Office will arrange for the eAT card to be produced.
  • After about six to eight weeks you can collect the eAT card from the Aliens' Registration Office.
  • The eAT card must always be collected in person.

There are fees for the issuing of the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority.

Who should I contact?

The foreigners authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence

Requirements

  • You have a recognised and valid passport or passport substitute and, if required, an appropriate visa.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.You have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution for the implementation of a research project in Germany.
  • A declaration of assumption of costs from the research institution is available.
    In principle, the research institution must undertake in writing to bear the costs, the public authorities up to six months after the termination of the hosting agreement or the contract. These include the cost of living during an unauthorised stay in an EU member state and for deportation.
    However, a declaration of assumption of costs is not required in certain cases. Please contact your local immigration authority in this regard.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance coverage from your income without using public benefits.

Which documents are required?

  • Valid passport
  • Visa, if required
  • Current biometric photo
  • Hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution
  • Proof of living expenses (e.g. proof of income)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Tenancy agreement

What are the fees?

  • Issuance of a residence permit for the purpose of research: EUR 100.
  • Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or fee exemption may be considered.

Fee: 100,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • Application for a residence permit for the purpose of research: at the latest eight weeks before the expiry of your valid visa or residence permit.

Processing duration

about 6 to 8 weeks.

If you have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution that is recognised to carry out the special admission procedure for researchers in the Federal Republic of Germany, the Aliens' Registration Office must issue the residence permit within 60 days of submitting the application. The list of recognised research institutions and the information on this can be found under "Further information".

Legal basis

Applications / forms

  • Forms specific to the Foreigners' Registration Office can be obtained from your Foreigners' Registration Office; these may also be available online.
  • Online procedure possible in some cases
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: yes

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Author

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competent Bodies


Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Sicherheit und Ordnung
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Ausländerbehörde
Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Timetable
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
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

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
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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