Information regarding the residence permit: If your were unable to arrive in Germany or participate in courses due to the overall situation created by the CORONAVIRUS, we highly recommend that you keep track of all documents related to this. It might become important at a later stage of the extension of your residence permit. This applies to flight tickets or appointments at the embassy as an example.
In addition, we recommend that you submit the Studienverlaufsbescheinigung ("Confirmation of periods of study") while applying for the extension of your stay. There, it is stated that the corresponding semesters were affected by the pandemic. You can download the Studienverlaufsbescheinigung via PULS ("My Documents").
You should make sure that you apply for a Student Visa (national visa)! You can receive this in a German embassy (or a Consulate General) in your country of residence. It may take several weeks for a student visa to be issued. We recommend that you find out early about the necessary application materials from the embassy or online sources and that you apply for the student visa in a timely manner.
Student applicants who have not yet been admitted to a German university or have not yet received their admission letter can apply for a Student Applicant Visa. It is valid for three months and can be converted into a residence permit for the purpose of studying once you have been admitted to a higher education institution.
DAAD fellows apply for their visa with their DAAD letter of award and do not need to wait for admission letter by the university.
The duration of the student residence permit depends on the duration of your studies and the fulfillment of other conditions (e.g., secured means of support). The application must be submitted in person at the Foreigners’ Registration Office. The residence permit may take up to 4 weeks to be issued as an electronic card (“elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel - eAT”) and costs 110 Euro, expect scholarship holders of German fellowship provider. You will need the following materials:
Any residence permit is only valid for a specific time period and can be extended at the Foreigners' Registration Office. Please note that you must apply for an extension of your residence permit before its expiration.
If you have questions or problems please contact the International Office for an individual consultation.
Proof of sufficient financial means to secure your livelihood in Germany.
The benchmark is the maximum funding rate (BAFöG) of 861.00 euros per month. A certificate of your account or savings account with current account balance is not sufficient. Proof of funding is considered to be:
From German public funds, a funding organisation recognised in Germany or from public funds of the country of origin, if the Federal Foreign Office or a German organisation providing scholarships has taken over the placement at the German university.
Income from one's own gainful employment
can also be used to contribute to the financing.
Statement of your parents' income and financial circumstances.
The certificates are submitted in the original and in German (certified translation). In addition, a written statement and a copy of your parents' identification may be required. Herewith your parents commit themselves to provide you with the necessary money. The decision as to which funding options are accepted is always case-by-case.
Formal declaration of commitment from relatives or acquaintances permanently living in Germany,
who will pay the costs for you. These persons must prove to the Aliens' Registration Office that they can meet their obligation.