News - Corona Virus

Information on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dear International Scholars,

We hereby inform you that ISS are closed due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirusThis means that we can only give advice online at the moment. We do ourvery best to answer your questions as soon as possible. We hope you understand that due tothe current situation there might be delays.

Entering Germany

+  All incoming international scholars should kindly be informed that, due to ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions enforced by the German government, the International Scholar Services (ISS) cannot guarantee successful entry to the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany+

Scholars are, consequently, strongly advised to contact the respective German embassy or consulate of their current area of residence for updated travel regulations prior to making any travel plans, which might differ based on individuals’ country of origin. 

In order to avoid potential denial of entry upon landing in Germany, please be advised that this equally holds true for countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the German territory without  a visa (visa-waiver program countries). Please note that ISS, hence, discourages any unauthorized international travel until further notice.

This message is subject to modification, as soon as new regulations or information become available to ISS. (Status: July, 1 2020)

In any case, we kindly urge you to visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office for more details and other concerns:

Application for or extension of your residence permit 

Please note that the application for or extension of your residence permit through ISS is currently NOT possible.

Immigration Office Update

While the Immigration Office continues to remain closed for the public they introduced an online registration for certain groups of people whose visa/residence permits expire soon or have expired already.
Please note that this online registration does not serve to apply for or extend your residence permit. Still, it confirms your legal stay until the Immigration Office is operating as usual again and can process the actual application properly.

Please have a look at the Immigration Office’s official website to register online if your visa/residence permit has expired recently or is going to expire soon.

From 4th May 2020 onwards Berlin Immigration Office is serving those customers who registered online or who since 28th April 2020 have been explicitly invited  to attend an appointment. In such cases you will receive an email invitation or will be requested to submit documentation. Please also check your junk email folder in case the invitation lands there.

In any case, we kindly urge you to visit their website for more details and other concerns:


Information from HU regarding the coronavirus can be found here:


More detailed information regarding the coronavirus outbreak is also provided by the EURAXESS network:


Please don’t hesitate to contact ISS by email if you have any further questions.

Stay healthy and all the best,
The International Scholar Services Team