Visa Service for Students

Our Visa Service is available to all international students and doctoral students of HU Berlin. Through the Visa Service, you can both apply for and extend your residence permit to the Berlin Immigration Office (Landesamt für Einwanderung, LEA). You receive multilingual support and advice with your questions and problems.

Current situation
Due to measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the Visa Service offers only online counselling until further notice. We will answer your questions by e-mail and/or via Zoom consultation. Your applications for residence permits will be processed online.
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.

Currently, there are extraordinarily long waiting times at the LEA. We receive appointments for fingerprints only after a long delay (currently 6-8 weeks). It takes months until the electronic residence permits are sent out. It is important that the applications are submitted in time. From then on, the residence titles are considered to be valid, even if they have already expired. We cannot speed up the procedure. Whenever you get appointments at the LEA, please make use of them.

Our Services

1. Application for a residence permit
1.1 Extension of a residence permit
1.2 Residence permit to seek employment

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

Consultation hours via Zoom
Tuesdays 10:00-12:00
Thursdays 14:00-16:00
Meeting-ID: 692486806000

NEW: Registration for interviews at
Please prepare well for the interview and be brief so that the next student can arrive on time for the interview!
enlightened  From 11-29 July 2022, the visa service will be closed during the semester break. The Zoom consultation hours will NOT take place during this time. Invitation appointments at the LEA will be sent out, urgent questions will be answered by e-mail. We will process residence permit applications and extensions again from 1 August.

Information from HU Berlin
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Current situation in the Berlin Immigration Office
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

Please note: Temporary documents regarding the right of residence in Germany will be considered as valid by the Berlin Immigration Office (including the secondary provisions of these documents with regard to type and scope of employment in particular) if you submit an application for an extension to the LEA in good time and preferably in writing, see Section 81 (4) of the Residence Act.

enlightened For current information from the Berlin Immigration Office



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