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Before entering the country

Students from non EU/EWR countries (third countries)

Please note that you may need a visa for Germany, even if you have a residence permit for another EU-country.

Inform yourself about the entry requirements as well as what documents you need in order to apply for a visa via the German embassy in your home country as soon as possible. Apply for the visa or residence permit while you are still in your home country. For further information on the visa application, please visit the website of study in Germany.

Attention: The processing of the visa application can take a few weeks or months, so apply as soon as possible.

Necessary documents to apply for a visa:

  • a valid passport, passport photos
  • a university entrance qualification recognized by Germany (A-Levels or equivalent)
  • proof of your previous academic performance
  • proof of financial resources (e.g. blocked account, Leagal Obligation Committment, scholarship or other sources of income)
  • letter of admission from the TU Dortmund


Attention: Do NOT come to Germany with  a tourist/travelers visa (Schengen-Visum). It cannot be extended and is only valid three months.

After your arrival

Registration at the Foreigners' Registration Office

Everyone who lives in Germany must register their residency within the first three days after their arrival at the Foreigners’ Registration Office (Ausländeramt).
It is highly recommended to set up an appointment for the registration process online to avoid long waiting time. However, reserving a registration appointment is not mandatory. You will find the required documents for the residency registration on the website of the city of Dortmund.

After receiving your degree

Residence permit for job searching

After receiving your diploma there is a possibility to stay in Germany in order to search for a job. This specific residence permit allows you to keep living in Germany for 18 more months to find a job that is appropriate for your qualifications. The time span of 18 months usually begins as soon as you have received your last grade of your degree. During that time certain criteria must be fulfilled, like covered living expenses as well as health insurance. Lastly, the Foreigners' Registration Office has to confirm the residence permit for job search.

Attention: We encourage you to start searching for a job as soon as possible, since 18 months pass quickly. It is our recommendation to book an appointment in advance with the Foreigners' Registration Office for planning your stay in Germany.


Residence permit for employees

As soon as you have been offered a work contract, you must contact the Foreigners' Registration Office for applying for a residence permit for employment purposes. The job must suit your academic qualifications and must be approved by the Foreigners' Registration Office. For this purpose you must hand in documents, like your work contract and health insurance coverage. For more information click here.

Inform the Foreigners´ Registration Office (Ausländeramt) about changes during your residence if:

  • you leave Germany for a semester abroad or a vacation semester.
  • you work as a freelancer.
  • you change your major or university.
  • you lose your passport.
  • you have missed the visa extension appointment.

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International Office

Verena Wolf

Emil-Figge-Str. 61, Room 212

Telephone: 0231 755-2484



Foreigners' Registration Office

Bürgerdienste International

Olpe 1, 44122 Dortmund

Telephone: 0231 50-27132



Further Information

Visa and Residence Permit