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Residence Permit for Study Purposes

All persons with a non-EU and non-EFTA (Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) citizenship have to apply for a residence permit as soon as possible or at least eight (8) weeks before their visa expires or the 90-day period (in case you entered Germany without a visa) at the Foreigners’ Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung) in Berlin (Keplerstraße 2, 10589 Berlin, U Mierendorffplatz).

It is absolutely necessary for every applicant to make a personal appointment at the Immigration Office.

During the Interview, you must give your fingerprint, pay the processing fee and sign the authorization for the collection. The processing time of the applications is between 7 and 12 weeks. The fee of the foreigners authority is approx. € 100,- per application.

Due to the pandemic situation information about how to arrange an appointment at the LEA is changing quickly. You can find current information about the process on the website https://www.berlin.de/einwanderung/ueber-uns/aktuelles/artikel.998398.php . More and further information can be found on the general LEA Website.
Please note that if you decide to go there without an appointment, you have to be prepared for very long waiting times.

The FU Pass Service supports students and staff of the Freie Universität who require a residence permit for Germany. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about applying for a residence permit.

Our passport service checks application documents for completeness and submits your applications directly to the Immigration Office. Please note that it is absolutely necessary for every applicant to make a personal appointment at the Immigration Office.

Please not that we can only offer this service in the case of temporary stays. The Immigration Office issues only electronic residence permits (eAT) for applications submitted by us. We ask for your understanding that we can only offer this service to students enrolled at the FU as well as researchers working for us. In addition, residence in Berlin is a prerequisite for submitting documents to the Berlin Immigration Office.

Please read the information on our fact sheet before contacting us.

Mr. Zoltán Juhász and his team will be happy to advise you on the services we offer. You can reach them at pass-service@fu-berlin.de or by phone (030) 838-57304.

You can find further information about our Welcome Services for Visiting Scholars and Scientists here.

Office hours for personal consultation (only after prior contact via phone or e-mail):
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00
Studierenden-Service-Center
Iltisstr. 4
14195 Berlin