Residence Permit Application Berlin
Students who received a long-term “national” visa to enter Germany. This visa is valid for only 90/180 days and has to be transferred into a German residence permit at the Foreigners´ Registration Office before its expiration (please check your visa expiration date).
Students who do not require an entry visa according must apply for their German residence permit within the first 90 days after their arrival in Germany (please check the stamp in your passport).
Attention: Some of you (particularly the exchange students) might have received a national (D) visa that is valid up to 12 months instead of a 90-day national (D) entry visa. Non-EU citizens who will stay in Germany for less than one year may obtain such a visa. Since it should cover the entire period of your stay, you will not need to apply for a residence permit after your arrival in Germany, which will save you time and effort.
For Citizens from Switzerland:
Citizens from Switzerland have to apply for a “Residence Permit Switzerland” (Aufenthaltserlaubnis-Schweiz) within the 90 days after their arrival in Germany. This is a formal act that has to be done by each Swiss citizen who plans a longer stay in Germany. However, this application process is not comparable to the residence permit process of regular students (less paperwork).
- First thing to do is to find a permanent residence (shared room, apartment, etc.) Attention: A hotel or hostel cannot be considered as a permanent residence!
- Register your address (Anmeldung) at the Berlin registration Office (Bürgeramt)
- Sign up for a (German) health insurance plan
In addition, you have to prepare your documents like your health insurance plan and financial means in order to proof sufficient funds. Please consider that these processes may take some time to complete.
Further information about this process can be found in the “Student Welcome Guide” that you will receive together with your acceptance documents. Your student advisor will be happy to assist you.
You will receive detailed information about the residence permit application during your orientation period at SRH Hochschule Berlin.
As a SRH student, you have two possibilities to start the process:
1. You handle this process on your own (you submit the documents in person to the Foreigners´Registration Office and do all the administrative steps on your own.
2. via SRH Visa Service (SRH Visa Service submits your documents to the Foreigners´Registration Office and picks up your residence permit).
Be aware that the residence permit application process may take several weeks to complete, if you do it with the SRH Visa Service. During this time, students are restricted as far as travelling and working goes as your original passport will be in possession of the Foreigners´Registration Office.
Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten
Phone: + 49 30 90269 4000
Fax: + 49 30 90269 4099
- Monday & Tuesday: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm
- Wednesday: by appointment only
- Thursday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Friday: closed
Train/Bus Connection: U7 (stop “Mierendorffplatz”) Bus M27 (stop “Keplerstraße”)
Contact Form (in German)
Webpage (in English)
- Fully completed, readable and signed Residence Permit Application Form (in German/English/French/Italian)
- Valid passport (only for Swiss citizens: copy of national ID card or passport is sufficient)
- Copy of your study visa for Germany
- 1 up-to-date biometric photo
- Anmeldebestätigung from the Bürgeramt (confirmation of registration)
- Immatrikulationsbescheinigung (confirmation of enrolment) from SRH Hochschule Berlin
- Proof of sufficient health insurance coverage (insurance confirmation & waiver form, if applicable)
- Proof of financial support: You have to show that you have at least €720-€ 735* per month at your disposal (excluding tuition fees). For example, if you are applying for a residence permit for 6 months, you must show proof of € 720-€ 735* x 6 months + tuition fees. Documents that can function in support of your application: proof of scholarship, bank statements, sponsorship letters, blocked account at a German bank over € 8400, “Verpflichtungserklärung” (sponsorship letter
- Processing fee (First application fee is € 56)
- Additional documents may be required.
All documents should be in German.
*This amount is subject to Change.
SRH Hochschule Berlin recommends that you bring all the documents with you to Germany that you already submitted for your study visa application at the German Embassy.
Further information can be found on the webpage of the Alien’s Office Berlin:
You will receive a stamp (two pages) that will be entered directly into your passport (Klebeetikett). Please make sure that you have at least two blank pages left in your passport.
On the second page, the special requirements (rights and obligations) of your stay are listed. Please be informed that this kind of residence permit is currently only issued at the Foreigners´Registration Office. At the moment the authority in Berlin does not issue electronic cards (eAT) due to restricted capacity.
Employment Rights In possession of a valid German residence permit for study purposes you are allowed to work for up to 120 full days (full day = 8 hours per day) or 240 half days (half day = 4 hours) during the calendar year. However, freelance work is not permitted.
Internships that are mandatory for the successful completion of your studies do not count towards the above named 120 full days.Employment that is considered as “student part-time work” (studentische Nebentätigkeit) (e. g. student worker in a university or in a university-related organization, Werkstudent activites in companies that are related to your studies) can be done without any timely restriction. For detailed information, please refer to the webpage of the Foreigners´ Registration Office.
Swiss Citizens: The working restriction does not apply to Swiss citizens. They have the same rights as EU citizens.
As a German residence permit holder, you can move freely within the following states of the Schengen area, within the residence permit’s term of validity, for a total stay of up to 90 days within a period of 180 days:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
This regulation applies only to visits for touristic purposes. When travelling, make sure to take your passport with your residence permit with you.
Attention: In order to study or intern in another country of the European Union, you may have to apply for a separate study or internship visa. Please check with the respective Embassy for the requirements.
Foreigners holding a German residence permit can apply for study visas for other countries at the respective Embassies in Germany. This applies to students doing an exchange stay at one of our partner universities or to Tripartite Master students in International Management who spend one or two semesters outside of Germany (e.g. students going to INSEEC Paris can apply for their study visa at the French Consulate in Frankfurt/Main). Please click here for further information.
Your residence permit is only valid in combination with your passport. If your passport expires before the residence permit, your residence permit will be no longer valid. If you leave Germany for more than 6 months, your residence permit automatically expires.
It is your own responsibility to assure your legal status in Germany and to check the expiration date of your passport and residence permit/visa. Please contact the SRH Visa Service or the respective German authorities in due time before the expiration of your residence permit/visa.