Visa Service for international students
Our services here include applying for and extending your residence permit at the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office (Berliner Ausländerbehörde) as well as counselling and support.
The Visa Service is available to all international students and doctoral candidates as well as visiting scholars and will gladly help if any questions or problems occur.
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Passports must be handed in by 16 January 2014 to ensure they are processed before the semester break. We are closed from 17.02.-30.03.2014, reopening on 31 March 2014 with daily opening hours from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. Regular opening hours start again from 15 April 2014.
Location: "Orbis Humboldtianus"
Phone: (+49 30) 20 93-22 16
Fax: (+49 30) 20 93-22 11
Application/extension of residence permits
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At the moment, there are extremely long waiting times at the 'Firmenservice' (company service) of the Foreigners' Registration Office, where we submit your applications. If you are under time pressure, we advise you to go to the Foreigners' Registration Office yourself by arranging an appointment online in good time ►eAppointment, as there are also long waiting lists for appointments. Please note that an appointment can also be arranged from your home country.
In urgent cases it is possible to queue up very early at the Foreigners’ Registration Office in order to get a waiting number for an appointment the same day.
The student Visa Service will gladly give advice concerning your documents and check that your supporting documentation is complete.
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Since 1st September 2011, the electronic residence permit (eAT) has been issued in card format and includes biometric information. This change in procedure may result in delays. We can give you advice on further details.
In the light of recent events we'd like to remind you to check your documents for completeness before (!) you see us. Please also bring copies of your papers and your passport (data page and current visa). This will help to reduce the waiting time for yourself and others.
Please contact us as soon as possible for advice on the deadlines for the application of your residence permit!
New since 1 August 2012:
For further information by the Foreigners' Registration Office on residence permits try the key word "Studium und Wissenschaft in Berlin".
Visa Service Team: