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Residency for employment as a visiting scholar or academic staff

Issuance and extension of a residence permit for the purpose of employment as a visiting scholar / academic staff

Prerequisites

  • Employment at a public university or research institution
    A residence permit can be issued if you want to work as a teacher or researcher and are a visiting scholar or academic / technical staff member with an employment contract at a university or public research institute.
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • A personal interview is required
    The interview should, if possible, take place by appointment.

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric photo
    35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
  • Health insurance
    Proof of a secure livelihood must also include sufficient health insurance. Those with statutory health insurance are sufficiently insured. Those with private health insurance must consider the type and extent of their health insurance. For more information, please read the leaflet "Information on adequate health insurance".
  • Current employment contract or extension of the employment contract
  • Current certificate of employment
    Not older than 14 days
  • the form “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels" (Application for Issuance of a Residence Permit)
    Only required for first-time application
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord

Fees

The following fees are assessed based on the actual technical effort when extending the residence permit.
From 1 September 2017 they are:

  • For the initial issuance: 56.00 to 100.00 euros
  • For each extension: 49.00 to 96.00 euros
  • For Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros

Average time to process request

To ensure timely renewal of your current visa or residence permit an appointment should be made 4-6 weeks before the expiry date.
The residence permit will generally be issued as an adhesive label in your passport. Electronic residence permits can at the moment only be issued in exceptional circumstances.

Responsible authorities

Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten