Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Residence Residence Permit for Research

If you want to start a research activity in Germany, you must apply for a residence permit for the purpose of research.

Residence Permit for Research – Hamburg Welcome Portal

The residence permit for researchers is issued for at least one year and can be extended upon application. It also entitles you to perform teaching activities. If your research project is completed in a shorter period, the residence permit will be limited to the duration of the research project. After completion of the research activity, your residence permit can be extended for up to nine months for the purpose of job search.

Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) do not need a residence permit in Germany. They enjoy unlimited freedom of movement.

Requirements:

  • Entry with a German visa for researchers. The German Mission Abroad in your home country is responsible for issuing visas.
    Exception: Nationals of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the United States of America can enter without a visa.
  • Proof of a valid hosting agreement or a similar contract to perform a research project (the implementation of the research project must have been finally decided upon).
  • The host research institution has committed to pay the costs that could result from a possibly illegal residence after the hosting agreement for a period of up to six months. This requirement may be waived if the research organisation is mainly financed by public funds or if the research project is of particular public interest.
  • Proof, that you can finance your subsistence in Germany and have sufficient health insurance (Annex 6).

You can apply for a residence permit for researchers at your relevant immigration authority or the Hamburg Welcome Center. You can find information about the necessary documents on our page forms

Intra-european mobility for researchers for up to 180 days

If you have already been issued a residence permit for researchers in another EU member state, you may stay in Germany for the purpose of research for a maximum of 180 days within a 360-day period without German residence permit. Your host research institution must notify the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) that you will perform part of your research in Germany.

Requirements:

  • You have a residence title for the purpose of research issued by another EU member state (in accordance with EU Directive 2016/801), valid for the full period of your intended stay in Germany.
  • Proof of a valid hosting agreement or a similar contract with the host research instution where you want to research.
  • Proof, that you can finance your subsistence in Germany.

If the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) does not deny your entry application, it will issue you a entry certificate for the purpose of research in Germany, valid for up to 180 days. 

Intra-european mobility for researchers for more than 180 days

If you want to stay and research in Germany for more than 180 days, for up to a maximum of one year, you must apply for a Residence Permit for Mobile Researchers.

Requirements:

  • You have a residence title for the purpose of research issued by another EU member state (in accordance with EU Directive 2016/801), valid for the full period of your intended stay in Germany.
  • Proof of a valid hosting agreement or a similar contract with the host research instution where you want to research.
  • Proof, that you can finance your subsistence in Germany.

If you submit your application for a residence permit for more that 180 days at least 30 days prior to your stay in Germany and if you have a valid residence title issued by another EU member state, you may stay and research in Germany for up to 180 days, until your application is being decided upon.