Visa Service


The HU Visa Service advises all international students of the HU on how to apply for and extend their residence permit with the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) according to
  • § 16b of the Residence Act for the purpose of studies or
  • § 20 (3)  of the Residence Act to look for a job after successfully completing their studies (18 months). 

For capacity reasons and due to the high number of applicants, we will only be able to offer counselling (via e-mail and in Zoom consultation hours). We offer multilingual counselling and support you with questions and problems. 

enlightened You can submit your application with the complete documents directly to the LEA department. The date of application counts. There are different options:


Here you can find helpful links and information:

Consultation hours via Zoom at the HU Visa Service:
Tuesdays 10.00-12.00
Thursdays 14.00-16.00
Meeting ID: 69248680600
Registration for meetings at
Please prepare well for the interview and be brief so that the next students can arrive on time for the interview!

Procedure for the electronic submittance only for doctoral candidates and scholarship holders:
1. Application for a residence permit according to § 16b AufenthG
1.1 Extension of a residence permit according to § 16b AufenthG
1.2 Residence permit to seek employment according to § 20 AufenthG

FAQ - Freqently Asked Questions about the Visa Service and residence permits 

Doctoral candidates and researchers

We also support doctoral candidates and researchers of the HU who would like to apply for or extend their residence permit with the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA) according to
  • § 18d Residence Act for research
  • § 18b (2) Residence Act - Blue Card
  • § 20 Residence Act for job search for specialists (6 months) or
  • § 7 Residence Act - residence permit
The relevant applications can be submitted directly to the LEA itself or online through our Visa Service to the Higher Education Service of the Berlin Immigration Office (LEA). However, extraordinarily long processing times must be expected here as well.

General Information

  • Please contact us in good time before the expiry of your visa or residence permit, as longer processing times must be expected due to the current situation. The procedure cannot be accelerated.
  • As soon as the application for a residence permit has been submitted to the LEA (in person or by e-mail), a fiction takes effect. This means that the residence continues to apply with the same conditions and is legal even if the visa or the residence permit has expired (including the ancillary provisions of these documents, in particular with regard to the type and scope of permitted gainful employment). See § 81 (4) of the Residence Act.
  • However, it is not possible to travel abroad after the residence permit has expired. If this is absolutely necessary, a fiction certificate must be applied for.
  • A fictional certificate cannot be applied for on the basis of an entry visa or in the case of visa-free entry. 
    Applicants from § 41 countries (visa-free entry) can stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days and return to Germany without any problems. 

Information from HU Berlin
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On the situation at the State Office for Immigration (LEA)

Limited customer service at the LEA is possible again, but not without booking an appointment in advance.  ► Book appointments online
► Information on the booking procedure



Visa Service

Unter den Linden 6
Room 1071

Consultation Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom

(+49 30)
20 93-46 746
Only during opening hours