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Apply for a residence permit for the purpose of research

Description

You can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of research if you have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution in Germany to carry out a research project.

With a German residence permit for research purposes, you can also conduct research and teach in another EU country for a limited period of time. Some Member States require a separate notification to the relevant competent authorities. You can find out more on the homepage of the Federal Office for Migration and on the procedure and contact details of the respective national contact points in other EU Member States (see "further information").

The residence permit for the purpose of research is a temporary residence permit. It shall be granted for at least one year, if participation in a Union or multilateral programme of mobility measures for at least 2 years. In the case of a shorter duration of the research project, it shall be granted for its duration, but for at least one year if it participates in a Union or multilateral programme of mobility measures.

The residence permit entitles the research institution designated in the host agreement to start research activities and to take up teaching activities. The changes to the research project during the stay do not lead to the abolition of this entitlement.

If you want to start a job as a researcher in Germany, you can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of research.

The residence permit must be applied for with the immigration authority responsible for your residence. The procedure is as follows:

  • Depending on the immigration authority and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out if your immigration authority offers the electronic application for a residence permit.
  • If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the immigration authority. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your evidence will be checked (bring it with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • In the event of an electronic application, the immigration authority will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the immigration office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT card).
  • If your request is met, the immigration authority will arrange for the eAT card to be produced.
  • After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT card from the immigration office.
  • The eAT card must always be taken up in person.

Fees apply for the issue of the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority

Contact the immigration authority.

  • You have a recognised and valid passport or passport replacement and, if necessary, a valid visa.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution to carry out a research project in Germany.
  • A declaration of cost assumption by the research institution has been issued.
    In principle, the research institution must undertake in writing to cover costs, the public authorities up to six months after the termination of the hosting agreement or contract. This includes the cost of subsistence during an unauthorised stay in an EU Member State and for deportation.
    However, a declaration of cost assumption is not required in certain cases. Please contact your local authority for this.
  • You can secure your livelihood and health insurance coverage from your income without taking advantage of public benefits.
  • Valid passport
  • Visa, if required
  • Current biometric photo
  • Hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution
  • Proof of livelihood (e.B. proof of income)
  • Proof of your health insurance
  • lease
  • Issuing of residence permits for research purposes: EUR 100
  • Under certain conditions, a fee reduction or exemption may be considered.
  • Application for a residence permit for the purpose of research: no later than eight weeks before the expiry of your still valid visa or your still valid residence permit.
  • Month of opposition: 1 month

about 6 to 8 weeks.

If you have concluded a hosting agreement or a corresponding contract with a research institution that is recognised for the implementation of the special admission procedure for researchers in the Federal Republic of Germany, the aliens authority must issue the residence permit within 60 days of the application being submitted. The list of recognised research institutions and the information on this can be found under "Further information".

  • You will receive specific forms for foreigners' authorities from your immigration authority, which may also be offered online.
  • Online procedure possible in some cases
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of the Interior and For Municipalities of the State of Brandenburg

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