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 Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde).
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 Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) is only possible for certain long-term purposes of residence, for example studying or as part of Berlin’s exemption rule for Syrian refugees.
Application for a national visa fort a long stay
An application for a national visa for long-term residence (more than 90 days) has been made or will soon be made at a German mission abroad (embassy, consulate).
Personal interview only by appointment
To make an appointment please contact us via post:
Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten
IV B 4
or via E-Mail: B4_GPF@labo.berlin.de (Please note that for security reasons the attachments should only be sent in PDF format.)
When contacting us please state the grounds for the Visa application (e.g. language course, intended marriage). Please also inform us of your current employment status (e.g. self-employed, employee, pensioner). With this information we can let you know which documents will be required. Only after receiving and verifying your documents will we be able to offer you an appointment.
You need to be in a financial position to bear the subsistence costs. The amount of the monthly minimum net income depends on your marital status and maintenance obligations resulting thereof as well as the purpose of residence applied for.
For example, the minimum net income for a national visa is for a stay:
- to visit a language course / school: 2,330 euro without any maintenance obligations / 3,230 euro with maintenance obligation for 1 person / 3,717 euro with maintenance obligation for 2 persons
- to study / for a vocational training: 2,370 euro without any maintenance obligations / 3,280 euro with maintenance obligation for 1 person / 3,745 euro with maintenance obligation for 2 persons
- for job search or a wedding : 2,450 euro without any maintenance obligations / 3,410 euro with maintenance obligation for 1 person / 3,806 euro with maintenance obligation for 2 persons
Your German ID-Card (Personalausweis) oder passport
Passport copy of the person applying for a national visa
Information about marital status and existing maintenance obligations
to spouses, life partners or minor children
Proof of creditworthiness
for example the last 6 proofs of net income or employment contract
Completed form "Zusatzerklärung zur Verpflichtungserklärung"
Proof of main residence in Berlin
Certificate of registration at the main residence or lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord
In individual cases further documents may be required
Average time to process request
As a rule, a declaration of commitment is made by prior appointment.
You can only make use of this service at the
Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde), department IV B 4 at the Berlin-Treptow site, Martin-Hoffmann-Str. 16.
Landesamt für Einwanderung (LEA)