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Residence Permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis)

Certificate of free movement (Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung) for EU citizens and EEA nationals

The EU residence permit for EU citizens and nationals of EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) has been abolished. These persons are only required to register with the local authorities and obtain a certificate of free movement (Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung).

Applying for a residence permit

Citizens from all other countries require a residence permit which is issued by the foreigners’ registration office (Ausländerbehörde). Within 3 months after arrival your study visa must be converted into a residence permit. The residence permit is generally issued for a period of one or two years depending on the application. It can be extended on the condition that the holder applies for extension prior to the expiry of the respective period of validity.

You will need the following documents in order to apply for the residence permit:

  • Proof of admission or enrollment at Freie Universität Berlin
  • Proof of a scholarship or other adequate means of income: Non-EU students must generally provide credible proof that they have financial resources of at least € 585 per month at their disposal. Foreign doctoral candidates can usually meet the requirement by showing a proof of their scholarship.
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage
  • Proof of registration with local authorities
  • 2 (biometric) ID photos
  • Passport (validity period at least 6 months)
  • Completed and signed application form
  • A processing fee of about € 60 for the issue of the first permit

Please note:

Dahlem Research School has made special arrangements with the foreigners’ registration office. Your documents will be processed and handed over to the foreigners’ registration office by the International Office of Freie Universität Berlin. If you have all the necessary documents ready, please contact Mrs. Wilma Runge, Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18, 14195 Berlin, Phone: 030 / 838 73408, Email: You will be notified when your residence permit is ready to be picked up.

Foreigners’ Registration Office

Address: Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten

Abteilung IV – Ausländerbehörde

Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24, 13353 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 90 269-0


Opening hours

Mon 07:00 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.

Tue 07:00 a.m. – 02:00 p.m.

Wed closed

Thu 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Fri closed