Registration with the local authorities and residence permit

EU/ EFTA

All students from EU or EFTA countries who stay in Germany more than three months, need to register with the local authorities within one week after their arrival.

Local resident registration offices (Bürgeramt/ Meldestelle)

Duisburg
 

Essen
 

Documents to bring:

  • Passport
  • Rental agreement

You may also be asked to show evidence of your health insurance and proof that you have sufficient means to finance your studies.

Kindly note that if you move during your stay you need to inform the authorities about your new address within one week after moving. This is also applicable when you move within the same town.

Please keep the confirmation of registration (Meldebescheinigung) carefully. You may be asked to hand it in to confirm the opening of your bank account or also on other occasion (e.g. getting member card at a public library or a video rental shop).

 

Non-EU/ EFTA

After your arrival in Duisburg or Essen you have to apply for a residence permit and register your place of residence at the Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). Usually, your visa is extended for one year. Subsequent extensions are granted provided that you are still a student and have enough funds to finance your studies. Contact the Foreigners Registration Office in good time (about 8 - 10 weeks) before your visa runs out in order to apply for the extension.

There are several branches of the Foreigners Registration Office in Duisburg and Essen. It depends on your place of residence which Office is responsible for you.

In Duisburg: Please contact the Foreigners Registration Office within one week after your arrival and make an appointment:

Central office: auslaenderbehoerde-mitte-sued@stadt-duisburg.de

Northern branch office: auslaenderbehoerde-nord@stadt-duisburg.de

Western branch office: auslaenderbehoerde-west@stadt-duisburg.de

Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In Essen: Please contact the Foreigners Registration Office within one week after your arrival and make an appointment here.

Ausländerbehörde
Schederhofstr. 45
45121 Essen
Tel.: 0201/ 88333 54/ 57

Addresses of Foreigners Registration Offices in other towns are available from the web pages of respective towns: www.[name of the town].de

Following documents are required:

  • Valid passport, including your student visa
  • Two biometrical passport-sized photographs
  • Certificate of enrolment
    (you can ask for the certificate at the International Office when you enrol)
  • Proof that you have enough money to study and live in Germany
    (usually you bring proof in form of a bank statement. Please enquire about details at the German embassy in your home country when applying for your visa)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof that you have enough living space (at least 12 m²)
    (your rental agreement gives that information)
  • Fee for first visa extension for one year: 100 € (fee for each subsequent extension: 80 €)
  • Additional documents might be necessary depending on your nationality. Please enquire for the complete list of documents you need when you ask for an appointment

Please keep the confirmation of registration (Meldebescheinigung) carefully. You may be asked to hand it in to confirm the opening of your bank account or also on other occasion (e.g. getting member card at a public library or a video rental shop).

Assistance for students registering in Duisburg

SCIES assists students to arrange for an appointment with the Foreigners Registration Office in Duisburg. If you wish to have assistance then come to SCIES office (SG 119, Mon - Fri 09:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 01:00 - 03:00 p.m.) and bring the documents for registration which are listed above.

Change of address

Kindly note that if you move during your stay you need to inform the Local Resident Office (Bürgeramt/ Meldestelle) about your new address within one week after moving. This is also applicable when you move within the same town.

Documents to bring:

  • Passport
  • Rental agreement

Renewal of residence permit

Usually, students receive a residence permit for one to two years based on the student visa. The practices for further extension vary considerably depending on the individual Foreigners Registration Office (e.g. if you need an appointment or not). The best is that you already ask on the occasion of your first appointment with the Foreigners Registration Office about the renewal procedures.

Renewal of the residence permit depends on your study progress. You may be asked to prove your study progress in form of transcript of records or similar. In this way the timeframe of completing your studies are assessed.

Further information:
www.internationale-studierende.de/en/prepare_your_studies/entry_into_germany/