As a rule, a national visa for entry for a long-term stay (more than 90 stays) can only be issued if subsistence costs during the stay in the Federal Republic of Germany are assured.
If sufficient own funds cannot be proven when applying for a national visa at the German mission abroad (embassy or consulate general), persons living in Berlin with sufficient creditworthiness can make a declaration of commitment for the applicant at the Berlin Immigration Office.
The commitment includes bearing all subsistence costs. This includes for example the costs for housing or in the event of illness.
In addition, public funds for subsistence costs spent by an issuing authority (for example the Social Welfare office) must be reimbursed.
The declaration of commitment lasts for 5 years. This period starts with entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, if this is made possible by the declaration of commitment.
A declaration of commitment at the Berlin Immigration Office is only possible for certain long-term purposes of residence, for example studying or as part of Berlin’s exemption rule for Syrian refugees.
You can only make use of this service at the Berlin Immigration Office, at the location Martin-Hoffmann-Straße.
Please make an appointment by email or post (see 'Prerequisites')