Applying for a Residence Permit
If you are not a citizen of an EU or EEA country, you will need a residence permit to stay in Germany for a longer period of time. You must apply for a residence permit in person at the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde ) responsible for the area in which you live while your visa is still valid, or alternatively, within 90 days of entry.
Note: You can only apply for or extend your residence permit in person at the Immigration Office. Make an appointment with the person in charge of your case (assigned according to the first letter of your surname). The Welcome Centre can also assist you with finding the contact details of the person you need to see. Please bear in mind that it may take several weeks to issue or extend your residence permit. Please plan ahead by making sure you extend your residence permit in plenty of time.
- Registration certificate from the Residents’ Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt)
- Completed application form for the residence permit (also available from the Welcome Centre)
- Passport with visa, where applicable, or entry stamp, if you were able to enter without a visa
- Biometric passport photo (available from a vending machine at the City Hall bldg, at the train station and on central campus)
- Proof of financial means: Copy of employment contract, hosting agreement or scholarship certificate, which includes details such as monthly salary, scholarship amount or personal bank statements
- Copy of the tenancy agreement / lease agreement
- Proof of adequate health insurance
- If you are here with accompanying family members: certified marriage certificate and/or birth certificates, and if applicable, proof that any children that are of compulsory school age in Germany have been registered at a school in Göttingen
Foreign documents that were not issued in either German or English must typically be accompanied by a certified translation.
- Ausländerbehörde der Stadt Göttingen (City of Göttingen Immigration Office)
- Ausländerbehörde des Landkreises Göttingen (District of Göttingen Immigration Office)
- Electronic residence permit (eAT)
The International Office
The Welcome Centre is not barrier-free. Please contact us if you need assistance.