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Visa Regulations and Residence Permit

 

Citizenship Visa / residence permit

EU citizens (e.g. Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland)

Citizens of these countries are allowed to enter Germany with a valid passport or ID. No visa or residence permit is required.

Citizens of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, USA and others (visit visa regulations of the Federal Foreign Office for more information)

Because of special visa regulation agreements, students from one of those countries do not require an entrance visa. Upon arrival in Stuttgart, students must register and apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) at the foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde). In Stuttgart the relevant authority is:

Amt für öffentliche Ordnung
Ausländer- und Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht
Eberhardstraße 39, 70173 Stuttgart
E-Mail: auslaenderrecht@stuttgart.de

The following documents must be provided:

  • Passport
  • Biometrical photo
  • Registration form (Anmeldung), filled and signed
  • Letter of Admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the University of Stuttgart
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Proof of sufficient funds (can be a bank statement or a letter of award from the scholarship organisation)
  • EUR 50 handling charge (publicly funded scholarship holders - e.g. DAAD - are exempted from this charge)
     

Citizens of non-EU countries (apart from those mentioned above)

These students must apply for a student applicant visa or a student visa that has been issued by the German Embassy in their home country prior to departure. This should be done as early as possible because the processing time can be very long (up to six months). More information about entry visa for educational purposes can be found on the following websites:

Visa Applications
Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Foreign Office)
Ausländerbehörde Stuttgart (Foreign Registration Office)

 

Residence permit
The student visa is only valid for a short period of time (maximum of 3 months). Upon arrival in Stuttgart, students must apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) at the foreign registration office (Ausländerbehörde). In Stuttgart the relevant authority is:

Amt für öffentliche Ordnung
Ausländer- und Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht
Eberhardstraße 39, 70173 Stuttgart
E-Mail: auslaenderrecht@stuttgart.de

The following documents must be provided:

  • Passport
  • Biometrical photo
  • Registration form (Anmeldung), filled and signed
  • Letter of Admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from the University of Stuttgart
  • Health insurance certificate
  • EUR 50 handling charge (publicly funded scholarship holders - e.g. DAAD - are exepmted from this charge)