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 Foreigners' Registration Office (Berliner Ausländerbehörde).

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

Opening hours winter semester 2018/19
Tuesday 11:00-13:00
Friday 12:30-14:30
Telephone service hour:
Tuesday 13:00-14:00

enlightened Please take a queue number in Orbis (room 1068) and wait there until your number is called. The queue numbers will be issued starting only 30 minutes before the beginning of the opening hours! According to our opening hours, we can only issue a limited number of tickets.

We will be closed over the holidays from 22.12.2018 - 07.01.2019. As of Tuesday, 8.01.2019, we will be there for you again during the opening hours. We will answer your e-mails as soon as possible upon our return. Season's Greetings to all of you and Happy New Year for 2019!

Due to the holidays in December, we cannot accept any applications for residence permits or extensions of residence permits starting mid-November until the end of the year. Applications are only possible during this time via a personal visit to the Foreigners' Registration Office. During this time, we are of course happy to advise you, give tips and check whether your documents are complete.

This year the 16 November 2018 is the last day we will accept applications.

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


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 for certain reasons wish to go personally to the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office, please note that the new service building for students is located at Keplerstraße 2, 10589 Berlin (Charlottenburg).
► Current waiting situation
► 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 Foreigners' Registration 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