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 use the offerings of the International Scholar Services (ISS).

The "Orbis" has moved to its new location, room 1068. Please note that the Visa Service will remain in room 1071 of the university main building, next to the cafeteria (Mensa).

Opening hours winter semester 2017/18
Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00
Thursday 13:00 - 15:00
Telephone service hours:
Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00


Opening hours during the semester break
20.02. - 20.03.2018 Tuesdays 10:00-12:00
28.03., 29.03., 03.04. - 05.04.2018 daily 13:00-16:00
(Enrolment of international students)
From 10.04.2018 regular opening hours

Application/extension of residence permits

1. Application for a residence permit

1.1 Extension of a residence permit

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 current processing time is 3-4 weeks! At present, it is very difficult to get an in-person appointment at the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office, and online appointments are scarce.

If, however, for certain reasons you wish to go personally to the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office, please note that, starting 4 July 2016, the new service building for students is located at Keplerstraße 2, 10589 Berlin (Charlottenburg).

Further information:

Please note that you need to make your appointment online ► Termin (eAppointment). There are also long waiting times for appointments!

In urgent cases, it is possible to arrive very early at the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office and wait for a number in order to see someone on the same day.

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

Further information is available in the "Guide for International Students" under point 5.1.3, student residence permit.  



Starting 1. August 2012:

For further information from the Foreigners' Registration Office on residence permits try the key word "Studium und Wissenschaft in Berlin".

Our Visa Service Team:



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