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Applying for a residence permit for the purpose of applying for studies


You can obtain a residence permit for the search for a study place if you want to study in Germany, but you do not yet have a place available.

If you have not yet reached the age of 18, the persons entitled to custody must agree to your stay for the purpose of applying for a degree programme.

  • Find out whether your immigration authority allows you to submit your application online or has a special application form.
  • If you have not yet reached the age of 18, you may not submit the application yourself, but need a representative (usually the application is made by the parents with custody).
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office. In the case of an online application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your application to make an appointment.
  • If you have not yet reached the age of 18, you must be accompanied by at least one representative during the personal interview. If the parents with custody cannot appear in person, a written power of attorney must be provided for the application.
  • During the appointment, your identity and documents will be checked (please bring your documents, preferably original, to the appointment).
  • If your application is granted, your fingerprints will be taken for the purpose of obtaining the residence permit in the form of an electronic residence title (eATKarte).
  • The Foreigners' Registration Office commissions the production of the eATKarte at Bundesdruckerei. After completion, you will receive information and can pick up the eAT card from the responsible office. The eAT card must always be picked up in person.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a rejection notice.
  • You would like to stay in Germany in order to look for a place to study.
  • On the basis of your school leaving certificate, you are entitled to attend a German university or a preparatory college.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance cover for the duration of your stay from your own resources without recourse to public services.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Recognized and valid identity document (for example, passport or passport substitute)
  • Visa, if required for entry
  • For a previous stay in Germany: Current residence document (e.g. residence permit)
  • Current biometric photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm)
  • Proof of school-leaving certificate, which entitles the holder directly to study in Germany or, alternatively, to attend a preparatory college
  • Proof of securing one's livelihood (for example, from one's own assets, payment of a security deposit into a blocked account, bank guarantee, declaration of commitment, scholarship, proof of parents' income or similar)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage (for example, confirmation of health insurance coverage or insurance policy)
  • In the case of minors: consent of all persons with custody to the planned stay (declaration of consent); if the parents with custody cannot submit the application jointly on behalf of their child, a written power of attorney from the absent parent is required; if custody is vested in only one parent, the signature of that parent is sufficient.

The documents and information must always be submitted in German. In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may require less or further proof.

  • 100,00 Euro for adult applicants
  • 50,00 Euro for minor applicants


Additional fees may apply for the issuance of a residence permit in the form of an electronic residence title (eAT card), which can also be used as an electronic proof of identity.

The timing and form of charging and payment vary depending on the authority.

In certain cases, reductions or exemptions from fees may be considered (e.g. for persons entitled to asylum or recognised refugees). Lower fees may apply for Turkish nationals.

Application deadline:

6 weeks to 8 weeks

Note (for further information on validity):

The residence permit should be applied for at least eight weeks before the expiry of your valid visa or residence permit.

The residence permit is issued for a maximum period of nine months.

approx. 6 weeks to 8 weeks

Note for further information on processing time:

The processing time may vary depending on the workload of the Foreigners' Registration Office.

The production of the electronic residence title by Bundesdruckerei takes about 4 to 6 weeks.

- Forms: Forms can be obtained from your immigration office, if necessary they are also offered online
- Online procedures possible in some cases
- Written form required: yes
- Personal appearance required: yes

  • The procedure at the Foreigners' Registration Office is usually carried out in German.
  • All information provided to the Foreigners' Registration Office should be correct and complete to the best of our knowledge and belief so that the request can be processed without major delays.
  • Incorrect or incomplete information can slow down the procedure and be detrimental to those affected. In an emergency, incorrect or incomplete information that is not completed or corrected in time vis-à-vis the immigration authority may result in the withdrawal of residence rights already granted, a fine, imprisonment of up to three years or expulsion from the federal territory.
  • Due to the complexity of the right of residence, this description is for information purposes only and is not legally binding.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg

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