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Visa and Bürgeramt

You can initiate the visa process with your letter of acceptance. Please check with your local German consulate or embassy about their requirements and documents you have to bring along. It is to your own advantage to make an appointment as early as possible, since it may take up to two months from the moment of application until the day of issuance. The required documents vary from country to country and It is your responsibility to have everything in order. For the citizens of countries which are allowed to enter Germany without a visa and stay for a certain period of time, it is possible to apply for a student visa when already in Germany. Visa requirements for various countries: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht_node.html


Visaservice by Orbis-Humboldtianus

Bureaucratic procedures induced by moving to the new country, especially if you did not reside within the borders of the European Union before, might make the first couple of months in Germany to an unforgettable paperwork experience. Especially when it comes to one of the major milestones on the way to ensuring your stay in Germany, which is applying for a residence permit.

Instead of facing this all on your own, International Club "Orbis-Humboldtianus" offers assistance in acquisition or prolongation of the residence permit to all international students and doctoral candidates of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. You can find more information about the scope of their services, as well as their working hours under the following link:


Bürgeramt = Police Registration

International students need to register at the Bürgeramt in Berlin. There are different ways of doing so: You can just go to one of the Bürgerämter and wait there for hours and hours or you can book an appointment. It does't matter to which Bürgeramt you go, they all offer the same service!

Currently, it is very hard to get an appointment and especially in September, many new students try to get one. You really want to book your appointment as soon as possible!


Note: If you have not found a permanent apartment, you can temporarily register at the place you are staying at right now. Just make sure that you will be able to receive important mail from us at your current location. So in case you are staying with a friend write “c/o Name of Friend” in your address. As soon as you find a permanent address, you will have to reregister and please be sure to change your address in AGNES (the online school system) as well at that point.


What do you need to take with you?

You will need your passport and your rental agreement (Mietvertrag) along with the completed form (Anmeldung bei der Meldestelle), which will be provided at the Bürgeramt.

You don’t have a contract yet? No problem: Just make sure that you bring some kind of proof of the current place you are staying at (maybe a confirmation from the hostel) to the registration at the Bürgeramt or at least know the name and address of the person you are staying with. This usually works.



Exchange students

If you are staying in Germany for less than 12 months, the German visa department in your home country may be asked to issue a D-Visa, valid for all Schengen states for the entire intended (!) period of your stay with reference to Article 18 Section 2 SDÜ. In this case, no residence permit is required during your stay in Berlin. This procedure may also be useful for students who are being allowed to enter Germany without a visa, and who will have to apply for a residence permit once in Berlin.

No visa is needed for students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, and USA. Nevertheless please consider the information provided about the residence permit.


Tool for Appointments

Subbmitting your application through the Visaservice might lead to long processing times due to the currently high workload at all Ausländerbehörde offices in Berlin. As a consequence, for time critical cases it might be more advantageous to schedule an appointment yourself. This can be either done manually, by going to their Internet page and searching for a free appointmenton or making use of a nicely developed tool by one of your fellow students, Alexander from the MEMS Intake 2013.

This tool assists in finding the next available appointment at the Ausländerbehörde in Berlin automatically! Subscribing to it allows you to receive e-Mail feeds about the appointment availability for this and the upcoming month. It also informs you as soon as someone cancels an appointment and it becomes free within this timeframe. Forget about searching manually for appointments at the Ausländerbehörde! Feel free to find the handy tool here: squibly.weebly.com.