When you arrive in Germany from third countries with any type of long term visa for study, work or life, you need to start to apply for your residency card and also for your registration. If you are planning to stay for long time in Germany but no entry visa is required based on your nationality, you still need to apply for your residency card and also for your registration within 90 days as of date of your arrival. When you arrive in Germany from third countries with any type of long term visa for study, work or life, you need to start to apply for your residency card and also for your registration.


Which offices should I refer upon arrival in Germany?


Immigration Offices or Welcome Centers (Ausländerbehörder) 

In order to apply for your residency permit you need to refer to the Immigration Office or Welcome Center that is in charge based on the location of your residency. If you have got any type of long term visa from German Consulate in your home land to come to Germany for studying, working or joining your family, within laps of 3 months as of the date of your arrival you should refer to the Immigration Office or Welcome Center to apply for your residency card. The immigration office shall require documents from you and normally give an appointment for receiving your documents. You need to personally attend in the appointment and present your application form attached with the supporting documents. After making your application and payment of the fee for issuance of your residency card, you will be informed of finalisation of the process, further to which you can refer to the same centre to collect your residency card.

Along with your physical card, an electronic residency card will also be issued for you, the information of which will be communicated to you through your registered address. 

In order to know which local immigration office is in charge of your residential area, you can refer to below link of BAMF.   

Local Residents Registration Office “Einwohnermeldeamt”

This is the office that is in charge of registration of your address. When you get a flat, apartment, house or a shared room in one of the cities in Germany or when you change your address and move to a new place in city of your stay or to a new city in Germany, you need to inform the Local Resident’s Registration Office “Einwohnermeldeamt” in order to register your registration address. This is very important as your registration address is your official address in Germany and all the communications, mailing, notices, bank statements and etc. shall be conducted to your address. 

“Anmeldung” or address registration is needed to convert your visa to a residency permit and is the confirmation that you have a permanent address in Germany.

To receive the registration you need to personally go to the Citizens Registration Office or ‘Bürgeramt”. You can take the appointment online or refer in person and wait in the queue. 

Your registration is confirmed by a “Meldebescheinigung” in paper form. You need to keep this paper in a safe place as will need that for your other official and administration requirements in the future.