Visa Service for Students

Our Visa Service is available to all international students of HU Berlin. Through the Visa Service, you can both apply for and extend your residence permit and receive multilingual support and advice. This way, you can save yourself the trip to the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung).

Doctoral students should contact the International Scholar Services (ISS).

Opening hours during the semester break
17.02.-27.03.2020 on Tuesdays, 12:00-15:00

Tuesday 10:00-16:00
Thursday 10:00-16:00

09.04.2020 12:00-14:00
10.04.-13.04.2020 Easter holidays, closed

enlightened Please take a queue number in Orbis (room 1068) and wait there until your number is called. The queue numbers will be issued during the semester break starting with the opening hours of the Visa Service (not earlier). According to our opening hours, we can only issue a limited number of tickets. Please help us by preparing your documents and filling out the application forms as well as possible - the Info Desk is happy to support you with this! Make sure to bring copies of the necessary documents, including copies of your bank statements and your registration document (Meldebescheinigung).

Opening hours during the summer semester 2020 starting 14.04.2020
Tuesday 14:30-16:30
Thursday 13:00-15:00
Telephone service hour:
Thursday 15:00-16:00


Application/extension of residence permits

1.   Application for a residence permit

1.1 Extension of a residence permit

1.2 Residence permit to seek employment

2.   Application for an electronic residence permit (eAT) with or without eID function

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We recently posted up-to-date information here about the introduction of the electronic residence permit at the Berlin Immigration Office. The information regarding this matter has changed again and the current procedure is now as follows:

The Higher Education Service of the Berlin Immigration Office, to which we submit your applications, will continue services as usual, i.e. with residence permits issued as adhesive labels and affixed inside passports. From 1 May 2020 onward, however, the procedure will be changed again. After that point, ONLY electronic residence permits will be issued.  

The processing time of applications through the Higher Education Service of the Berlin Immigration Office can take longer at the beginning of the semester (6-8 weeks). Please take this into account in your planning.

You are also welcome to go to the Berlin Immigration Office yourself. As was communicated to us, they are already increasingly issuing electronic residence permits.

In any case, we will gladly advise you in the Visa Service.


We advise all of you to use the Visa Service if possible. The processing time is approx. 3-4 weeks. At the beginning of the semester, however, the processing time can take somewhat longer.

If, however, you are in a hurry or wish to go personally to the Berlin Immigration Office, please note that the new service building for students is located at Keplerstraße 2, 10589 Berlin (Charlottenburg).
► Location
Otherwise, book an appointment online for the student residence permit application. Make sure to do this in good time! ► Termin (eAppointment).

We are happy to advise you, give tips and check whether your documents are complete.

More details can be found in the "Guide for International Students" in ► 5.1.3 student residence permit.  

Further information from the Berlin Immigration Office on residence permits is available under the keywords "Studium und Wissenschaft in Berlin".


Our Visa Service Team:

Photo: Isabella Oppen


Guide for International Students

Guide for International Students


Visa Service

Unter den Linden 6
Room 1071
(+49 30)
20 93-46 746
Only during opening hours