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Applying for a residence permit for the purpose of studying
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of studying if you wish to study in Germany and have been admitted to a state-recognized university or comparable educational institution in Germany. The course of study must be full-time.
The purpose of the study program also includes preparatory study measures. Study preparation measures are
- attending a preparatory language course if you have already been admitted to university and admission is conditional on attending a preparatory course, and
- attending a preparatory college or a comparable institution if a place is certain to be available.
The residence permit for the purpose of studying is a temporary residence permit.
With your residence permit for the purpose of studying, you may work for up to 120 days or 240 half days per year or take on a part-time student job. You are not allowed to work during preparatory study measures in the first year, except during vacation periods.
- The residence permit must be applied for before your visa or the visa-free period of stay or your current residence permit expires.
- Find out whether your immigration office allows you to apply online or has a special application form.
- If you can only apply in person, make an appointment at the immigration office. If you apply online, the immigration office will contact you after receiving your application to arrange an appointment.
- During the appointment, your identity and documents will be checked (please bring your documents to the appointment, in the original if possible).
- If your application is approved, your fingerprints will be taken to produce your residence permit in the form of an electronic residence permit (eAT card). You must also provide a signature.
- The Foreigners' Registration Office will commission the Bundesdruckerei to produce the eAT card. After completion, you will receive information and can collect the eAT card from the responsible office. The card must always be collected in person.
- If your application is rejected, you will receive a notice of rejection.
Who should I contact?
The foreigners authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence
The foreigners authority responsible for the applicant's place of residence
- You have a recognized and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute) and - if this was required for entry - an appropriate visa.
- You have been admitted to a state-recognized university or a recognized educational institution in Germany.
- You are studying full-time.
- Your livelihood is secured for the duration of your studies.
- Depending on the study requirements of your degree program, you may have to provide proof of the language skills required for your studies (usually at least level B2) to the immigration authority. No proof of language skills is required if these have already been tested by the host university as part of the admission decision or are to be acquired as part of a preparatory language course.
- There are no grounds for deportation against you.
- Your stay does not jeopardize or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Which documents are required?
- Recognized and valid identity document (e.g. passport or passport substitute)
- Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
- Visa, if required for entry
- Proof of livelihood (e.g. equity capital, scholarship certificate, declaration of commitment, blocked account at a bank, proof of parents' income or similar)
- rental agreement
- Proof of health insurance cover
- Letter of admission from the educational institution
- If applicable, proof of the required language skills, for example through suitable language certificates such as language tests from the ALTE-certified examination providers Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, ÖSD, TestDAF, but also DSH, DSD, TOEFL, IELTS
- For participation in study preparation measures: Proof of admission to the preparatory college or a preparatory language course
The documents and information must always be submitted in German. In individual cases, the Immigration Office may require less or further proof.
What are the fees?
Cost amount (fixed): 100.00 EURO
Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or fee exemption may be possible.
Additional fees may be charged for issuing the residence permit in the form of an electronic residence permit (eAT card), which can also be used as electronic proof of identity.
The time and form in which fees are charged and paid vary depending on the authority.
Under certain circumstances, a fee reduction or fee exemption may apply (e.g. for persons entitled to asylum or recognized refugees). Lower fees may apply for Turkish nationals.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
The residence permit should be applied for at least eight weeks before your visa, visa-free stay or valid residence permit expires.
Note (for further information on the deadline):
The residence permit is issued for a minimum of one year and generally for a maximum of two years. If your studies last less than two years, it will be issued for the duration of your studies.
If the foreigner participates in an EU or multilateral program with mobility measures (e.g. ERASMUS+ program of the European Union) or if an agreement between two or more higher education institutions applies to the foreigner, the residence permit will be issued for at least two years or for the duration of the studies if the studies last less than two years.
Duration (with fixed time): approx. 8
Note for further information on the processing time:
The processing time for issuing a residence permit can vary depending on the workload at the immigration office.
The production of the electronic residence permit by the Bundesdruckerei takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
- Appeal against the decision of the immigration authority within one month of notification
- Legal action before the court named in the objection notice if the objection is not upheld
Applications / forms
- Forms: Forms can be obtained from your foreigners authority; these may also be available online
- Online procedure occasionally possible
- Written form required: yes
- Personal appearance required: yes
What else should I know?
- The procedure is usually conducted in German. If your knowledge of German is insufficient, it is advisable to speak to a person who can act as a translator.
- All information provided to the Foreigners' Registration Office should be correct and complete to the best of your knowledge and belief so that your application can be processed without major delays.
- Incorrect or incomplete information can slow down the procedure and be detrimental to the person concerned. In serious cases, incorrect or incomplete information that is not completed or corrected in good time vis-à-vis the immigration authority can result in the revocation of previously granted residence rights, a fine, a prison sentence of up to three years or expulsion from the federal territory.
- Due to the complexity of residence law, this description is for information purposes only and is not legally binding.
- Federal government portal for skilled workers from abroad
- You can also obtain free advice on the topics of entry, residence and employment from the "Working and Living in Germany Hotline" of the Federal Government's portal for skilled workers from abroad.
Telephone: 030 1815-1111
Service hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg
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