Depending of your country of origin, you might need a visa when travelling to Germany.
An official paper that allows you to enter a country. To apply for a visa, contact your local embassy or consulate for more precise information.
- Countries that do not need to issue a Visa: Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
- Countries that need a Visa for longer stays than 90 days (or 180 days if they have an special agreements)
- Countries that require a Visa at any case:
The fee for all types of visas is EUR 60 although there can be exemptions. For more information about visa regulations:
An official paper that allows you to stay in a country for study or work purposes. This documentation is issued by the German immigrationauthorities and you will have to apply for it three months in advance.
There are several categories: residence permit, EU Blue Card, researchers, self-employed person,permanent EU residence permit.
EU Blue Card in Germany
The EU Blue Card is a special visa for skilled professionals from abroad that want to work in Germany. Professionals that find a job with a gross annual salary of at least EUR 50,800 are eligible for the EU Blue Card, although in the fields of mathematics, IT, science, engineering and doctors, the amount is EUR 39,624.
The EU Blue Card is valid for a maximum of four years and applicants must have a B1 level certificate in the German language. Please check all the requirements in the following link.
If you come from a non-EU country, you will require a visa to study in Germany.
To apply to a German university, you will need to collect the following documentation:
- A valid passport
- Medical Insurance
- Proof of financial status to cover your expenses during your studies
- A letter of acceptance from the university
- Some universities will require you to pass a German language test
Unless you are a citizen from EU/EEA or Switzerland, you will need a residence permit if you want to work in Germany. EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland have access to the German labour market without restrictions, and can also work on a self-employed basis. They just need a valid passport or identity card.
As Germany’s objective is to attract qualified professionals, especially in the fields of science (biologists, chemists and physicists), engineering and IT, you might be better placed to get a residence permit if you have this academic background.
Citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea can apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without first requiring a visa. Other countries must obtain a visa before travelling to Germany.
Once the application is approved by the German government, your embassy will issue a residence permit in the form of a visa that includes a working authorisation.
For futher information
Hannover – Immigration Law and Citizenship Law (Department)
Zentrale Ausländerbehörde der Stadt Hannover
Adress: Maschstraße 17, 30169 Hannover
Telephone: 0511 – 616-0
Fax: 0511 – 616-22905
Mon and Wed from 8:00 to 12:00
Thurs 8:00 to 12:00 / 13:00 to 17:30
By appointment only
Registration in your city
This is the first step that you will have to do when arriving in the new city. You will have to register your new place of residence in person during your first week. Each district has its own registration office. Do not forget to bring your passport or national identity card with you. The Registration office will give you a confirmation document (Anmeldung). Please keep it with you as you will have to use it on several occasions in the near future. In some offices you can arrange your appointment online or by telephone in advance. If you have children, please bring your family record book.