Nationals of these countries can enter Germany without a visa. However, if you stay in Germany for more than three months you need to register with the local authorities ("Einwohnermeldeamt") within two weeks after arrival and then apply for a residence permit at the Berlin Foreigners Registration Office.(See information further below.) It is important to note that you may not start work until you have the permit. More information here.
After arrival in Germany nationals of non-EU/EEA countries must apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners Registration Office Berlin (Ausländerbehörde). Before your study/national visa expires, usually within 3 months after arrival, it 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.
Student Exchange Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt), Iltisstraße 4, 14195 Berlin (U3 Dahlem-Dorf)
Office hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30am to 2pm; Thursdays 2 - 5pm.
Mr. Zoltan Juhasz, Room 103
Phone: +49 30 838-573 04
Please note that it is absolutely necessary to call ahead or to send an email to confirm that office hours have not been cancelled. At times the office has to stop its services due to too long processing times.
If you submit your application and supporting documents to the International Office for Residence Permits for processing you will be issued a document confirming that your passport is currently at the German authorities. We therefore suggest you submit your documents when you will not need your passport for 8-10 weeks. For example, you should open a bank account and register at the local authorities before you submit your passport for processing.
You will be notified when your residence permit is ready to be picked up.
Completed applications together with all necessary supporting documents are submitted to the Foreigner’s Registration Office Berlin where the Department IV Z 2 is the one responsible for international students, researchers and their family members.
In order to avoid long waits we strongly urge you to arrange an appointment well in advance of the expiry date of your visa through the service page of the Foreigners Registration Office Berlin or go very early in the morning. Please note that when you book an appointment, your residence permit will remain effective in Germany at least until the day of the scheduled appointment. Read more
If you have questions you can contact Frage.Z2@labo.berlin.de.
OPTION: If you choose to go without an appointment, make sure you go very early and get waitlisted upon arrival.
Address: Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten
Abteilung IV – Ausländerbehörde
Keplerstr. 2, 10589 Berlin