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Immigration Office

template of an electronic residence permit

The Immigration Office is responsible for matters related to laws concerning foreigners, as well as the granting and extension of residence permits.

If you do not have an EU passport and intend to stay in Germany longer than three months, then you must apply for a residence permit at the Immigration Office where you live (unless you already have a long-term visa for the entire duration of your stay). Please apply for your residence permit six weeks before your visa or your current residence permit expires.

The application and issuance of the electronic residence permit requires two personal appointments at your Immigration Office.

Checklists with the necessary documents for applying for or extending a residence title can be found at the end of the page. The immigration authorities may request additional documents in individual cases.

If you have any questions, please contact our Welcome Center Team.

Please note that both Potsdam and Berlin Immigration Office are working at full capacity and you should expect it to take two to three months to process your application.

We support you as doctoral candidates, postdocs, and visiting scholars in making appointments with both the Immigration Office Potsdam and the Immigration Office Berlin. Please send us an e-mail and the expiration date of your current visa/residence permit.

Potsdam Immigration Office


Helene-Lange-Str. 6/7
14469 Potsdam


opening time
Mon, Wed, Fri 9.00-12.00
Tue 9.00-18.00
Thu 9.00-16.00

Berlin Immigration Office


Keplerstr. 2
10589 Berlin


opening time
Mon-Fri by appointment only