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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Visa and Bürgeramt

It is to your own advantage that you check about the waiting time and make an appointment as early as possible. Due to the very long waiting times for some countries, it may be necessary (if possible) to register for an appointment even before you apply. The requirements and waiting times vary from country to country, and it is your responsibility to start the process and gather the documents in time.

For citizens of countries 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 (see below). Visa requirements for various countries: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node/staatenlistevisumpflicht-node


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 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 with acquiring or prolonging their residence permit to all international students of 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:


"Anmeldung beim Bürgeramt" = Police Registration

International students need to register at the Bürgeramt at the latest 14 days after moving to Berlin (the relevant date is the one in your housing contract). To do so, you will need to book an appointment beforehand. 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. Nevertheless please consider the information provided about the residence permit. For other countries, please check the list of the Federal Foreign Office.


Tool for Appointments

Subbmitting your application through the Visaservice might lead to long processing times due to the high demand at all Ausländerbehörde offices in Berlin. As a consequence, for time critical cases it might be advisable 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.