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Visa for study purpose / Student residence permit

Visa/ Residence permit
Visa for study purpose / Student residence permit
International applicants must apply for a visa for study purposes in the form of the so-called “Sichtvermerk” (visa stamp), or apply for a student applicant visa at the German consulate or diplomatic mission in their home country before arriving in the Federal Republic of Germany. An applicant visa may be converted into a student residence permit upon receiving admission to university.
Tourist Visa
As a rule, a tourist visa cannot be converted into a residence permit for study purposes.
Exceptions
EU-citizens and citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland do not require a residence permit.

Applicants from Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, and the USA may also apply for their residence permit at the Registration Office for Foreigners in Berlin after arriving in the Federal Republic of Germany. Nonetheless, the residence permit for study purposes must be presented for enrollment formalities (Exceptions: Applicants who were registered for the student exchange program by the International Office.)
Advice for international applicants abroad

If uni-assist has confirmed that the application is complete and only the proof of German language skills is missing, the correspondence from uni-assist may be used to apply for a visa for study purposes.
Comment on processing time
The processing time to issue a visa typically runs several weeks (at least 3 weeks and 2 working days /due to the “Verschweigefristverfahren”) and for this reason every applicant should obtain information about valid immigration regulations from German authorities in their home country well in advance.
Further information on residence permit

- Betreuung für internationale Studierende

- Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten

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