Candidates who do not come from one of the EU or EEA countries must apply for a residence permit before their entrance visa expires. Applications must be submitted to the foreigners’ office (Ausländeramt) located in the student’s place of residence in Germany. The residence permit is generally valid for one year. The processing fee for a residence permit can be up to 50 Euro.
Applying for a residence permit
The following documents must be submitted to apply for a residence permit:
- Application form for a residence permit (Antrag auf Erteilung einer Aufenthaltserlaubnis). This form is available at the foreigners’ office.
- Admissions letter (Zulassungsbescheid) and/ or proof of matriculation (Immatrikulations bescheinigung) from Heidelberg University
- Proof of health insurance (original and copy)
- 2 biometric passport photos
- Passport (original and copy)
- Proof of sufficient financial resources (see the following section)
- Depending on the requirements of the foreigners’ office at which you apply, additional documents may be required.
Proof of sufficient financial resources
Before beginning your studies at Heidelberg University, you must demonstrate to the German embassy or consulate or to the local foreigners’ office that you are able to finance your training. Generally, the proof of sufficient financial resources must be submitted with the original visa application but in some cases it may not be required until the application is submitted for a residence permit. You can demonstrate that you have sufficient resources to finance your studies in the following ways:
- by proving that you will receive a grant or fellowship (including the amount and duration of the funding) or
- by demonstrating your income and assets or
- by depositing a security into a blocked bank account in Germany from which only one twelfth of the deposited amount may be paid out per month or
- by undertaking a bank guarantee for the planned duration of your training. This guarantee must be undertaken at a bank in Germany or at a bank that is allowed to do business in Germany.
The above information offers an overview and is not intended to be legally binding or to replace official regulations. Only the enacted and current regulations are legally binding