Visa Formalities for studies in Germany

German embassies and consular representations will provide information on current entry and residence requirements for Germany.

Applicants for university studies from the following countries do not require a visa to enter Germany:

  • European Union, EEA states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
  • Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, USA

Applicants from all other countries need a study visa for Germany prior to arrival. A tourist visa does not entitle the holder to register as a student. Information on current entry regulations and the application forms are available from the Federal Foreign Office. The first step is applying for a study visa in your country. Please mind the information of the German Embassy to your country and the following link: Visa-Navigator (diplo.de). The second step, after arrival, is the application for a residence permit. 

Blocked account: for the study visa you will have to prove sufficient financial funds for living in Germany during the period of the visa. Please mind the follwoing advice: Opening a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto) for students - Federal Foreign Office (auswaertiges-amt.de). Please do not open an blocked account with the provider BAM! since problems have been reported. Should you have used that provider, please mind the follwoing guidance.

Residence permit

The student visa is only valid for a maximum of 3 months. On arrival in Germany, students must apply for a study residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from the Foreign Registration Authority (Ausländerbehörde).

Necessary Documents:

  • Fully completed and signed application form
  • Two current passport photographs (frontal view)
  • Certificate of registration with the city of Halle (see Registration at the registration office)
  • Proof of the purpose (e.g. letter of acceptance from the university, certificate of enrolment)
  • Proof of adequate health insurance
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources: Blocked account. From 1 January 2021, the presumed annual requirement that must be paid into the blocked account when applying for a visa amounts to 10,332 euros. The account may only permit the withdrawal of a certain amount per month (for students currently 861 euros).
  • Proof of sufficient housing (rental contract or subrental contract)
  • Valid passport

Costs: for up to 1 year 100€ for more than 1 year 110€

For currently information: www.halle.de/de/Verwaltung/Online-Angebote/Dienstleistungen/

Address
Ausländerbehörde/Team Einreise und Aufenthalt
Am Stadion 5
06122 Halle (Saale) 

Tue 8am – 6pm
Thu 8am – 3.30pm
Fri   8am – 12noon 

Tel.  +49 (0) 345 221 5305
Fax. +49 (0) 345 221 5312   

Registration at the registration office

Since Germany has compulsory registration by law, every student (regardless of citizenship) has to register at the Einwohnermeldeamt  (Civil Service Center/ Population Administration).

Necessary Documents:

  • Valid passport or ID (copy)
  • Rental contract
  • Application form for registration (only in German)
  • (Matriculation document)  

Address
Bürgerservicestelle/ Fachbereich Einwohnerwesen
Ratshof
Marktplatz 1
06122 Halle (Saale)

Mon          8am – 4pm
Tue/Thu  8am – 7pm
Wed          8am – 12noon
Fri             9am – 3pm
Sat            9am – 12noon

Tel.  +49 (0) 345 221 4602  
Fax. +49 (0) 345 221 4617