If your stay at Goethe University will last longer than three months, you not only have to register with the Citizens' Office (Bürgeramt) after you arrive but also with the relevant Foreigners' Office and then apply for a residence permit. Your place of residence – i.e. where you are living – determines which office is responsible for you. If you are registered in Frankfurt, the relevant immigration authority is the Foreigners' Office Frankfurt (Ausländerbehörde). You can find information on the subsequent immigration / reunification of families in the following pages.
In case you bring a visa for the complete period of your stay with you - issued by the German Consulate on your home country for your complete stay – it is not necessary to contact the Foreigners´ office /Ausländerbehörde).
Please note: Nationals of non-EU States who are exempted from the visa requirement and are going to spend more than 3 months at Goethe University of Frankfurt also have to apply for a residence permit after they have entered Germany. For further information, please see the information on visas. On September 1, 2011 the electronic residence permit eAT was introduced in Germany. Swiss Nationals have to announce their residence with the Foreigners' Office, too.
Nationals of EU countries or EEA states do not require a residence permit.
Essentially, there are four kinds of residence permit. Which residence permit applies to you depends on your status at the Goethe University of Frankfurt:
A detailed list of the different residence permits can be found in the brochure of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK): Rights of residence for researchers from non-EU countries in Germany.
For a comprehensive overview of the applicable provisions, see EURAXESS Germany – the National Coordination Point at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Information and Advice Point for Internationally Mobile Researchers, formerly known as the German Mobility Portal for Researchers.
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