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Residence permit

Residence Permit

You need to apply for a residence permit at your local “Migration Office” (at BürgerServiceCenter-Universität) before the expiration date on your visa. You also need to apply for a residence permit if you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea or the USA, have entered the country without a visa and intend to stay in Germany for a longer period. This needs to be done within three months of entering the country. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. This is especially important since the introduction of the new electronic residence permit on 01.10.2011. If you need assistance, please visit the Welcome Center.

    The application for extending the residence permit can be found here.

    Changed process in times of corona

    In order to apply for a residence permit, you will have to register with the city first. Once you have done that, you can send the following documents to bsuprotect me ?!migrationsamt.bremenprotect me ?!.de in order to apply for a residence permit.

    • The filled out application form
    • (copy of) your passport
    • Your ‘Meldebescheinigung’ (which is the document you received confirming your city registration)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Working contract, an official invitation from the University Bremen or another proof of funding

    If you apply for a residence permit for more than 6 months, you need to add a biometrical photo (jpg). In that case, you will also receive an invitation by the BSU for an appointment, where they will include the biometric data and you’ll have to pay the fees.

    If you apply for a residence permit for up to 6 month, you will not get an appointment. Instead, you will receive the residence permit and an invoice for the payment of the fees by post.


    Janna Wilbers

    SFG 0330
    Tel: 0421-218-60382
    janna.wilbersprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

    Bürgeramt Bremen/Registration Office

    On Campus (Zentralbereich):
    bremen_service universität

    Tel: 0421/218-61026
    Email: bsuprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

    Office Hours: 

    Tue 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 
    Wed 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. -4 p.m.
    Thu 9 a.m. -1 p.m.