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Entry and residency requirements

Entry and residency requirements for international incomings

Information for students, doctoral candidates and visiting researchers intending to spend a period abroad at Leibniz University Hannover.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Non-EU citizens generally require a valid visa in order to entre Germany, which must be obtained prior to your arrival via the German mission abroad (embassy or consulate general) in your home country. Please contact the relevant German mission abroad in order to obtain specific information on entre requirements and time frames regarding the application process.

  • Citizens of countries with visa requirement for Germany

    Please make sure that you apply for a long-term visa (national visa type D) with the possibility to entre the Federal Republic of Germany on multiple occassions, not a tourist visa (Schengen visa type C). Please note that family members travelling with you also require a visa.

    Prospective students, who want to study in Germany, but do not have receive their admission lettre or need to complete preparatory measures like a language course or the Studienkolleh, can apply for a study visa without admission. This residence permit is limited to maximal 9 months.

Under certain conditions, the following groups may enter and stay in Germany without a visa:

  • Citizens of EU countries, EEA nationals and Swiss nationals

    Citizens of EU member states can move freely within the European Union. Therefore, they only require an identity card or passport to enter Germany. In this case, a visa is not necessary.

    If you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, you must have adequate financial resources to cover living expenses during this period. Moreover, sufficient health insurance coverage is required.

    Swiss nationals intending to stay in Germany for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit via the local foreigners' authority.

  • Citizens of Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand and the United States

    Citizens of these "positive third countries" intending to study, conduct research or work in Germany only require their passport to enter Germany. In this case, a visa is not necessary.

    If you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, e.g. for your studies, you will be required to apply for a residence permit via the local foreigners' authority within 90 days of your arrival.

     

    If you seek employment in Germany, a residence permit is required in order to undertake gainful employment in Germany. If you intend to start your position straight away, we recommend obtaining a visa prior to your arrival in Germany. With a visa, gainful employment may be undertaken in the first 90 days prior to receiving a residence permit.

  • Citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino

    Citizens of these "positive third countries" intending to study in Germany only require a passport to enter Germany. In this case, a visa is not necessary.

    Students intending to stay in Germany for more than 90 days will be required to apply for a residence permit via the local foreigners' authority within 90 days of their arrival.

    If you seek employment in Germany, you must apply for a visa in your home country prior to your arrival in Germany. If you intend to work in Germany, a valid visa is required.

  • Citizens of countries entitled to enter Germany without a visa

    Citizens of countries entitled to entre without a visa may stay in Germany for a maximum period of 90 days.

    A visa is required if you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, if you aim to conduct research or if you plan to undertake gainful employment. In this case, you will be required to apply for a long-term visa prior to entering Germany.

    In order to determine whether you are entitle to entre Germany without a visa, please refer to this list provided by the Federal Foreign Office.

    List of countries whose citizens do not require a visa

Simplified entre requirements for non-EU citizens with a EU residence permit (according to the REST directive)

Non-EU citizens legally staying in another EU country (with a visa or residence permit or citizens entitled to entre without a visa) may entre Germany without a visa. The maximum period of their stay within the EU is limited to 90 days. In intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days or work here, a visa is required to enter Germany. In this case, the standard entre and residency requirements for citizens or non-EU countires outlined above apply.

For mobility within the EU in the context of a structured programme, the REST directuve allows some exceptions; therefore simplifying entry and residency requirements in Germany. However, this does not apply to mobility programmes with Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark. In these cases, a national visa for Germany is required.

  • EU mobility for the purpose of studies (max. 360 days)

    If an existing residence permit for the purpose of studies has been obtained in another EU country, and if a student of doctoral candidate participates in a structured mobility programme, they may enter Germany without a visa in order to pursue their studies for a maximum period of 360 days without obtaining a German residence permit. Provided that the existing residenec permit obtained in another EU country is still valid upon the entering Germany (and is renewd subsequently).

    If you intend to spend a period abroad at Leibniz University Hannover within the scope of a mobility programme, please contact the relevant members of staff listed at the bottom of this page. The International Office is obliged to notify the Federal Office for MIgration and Refugees (BAMF) of your stay, at least 30 days prior to your arrival in Germany. There is no need to obatain a visa or a German residence permit for your stay. Therefore, you are not required to visit the local foreigners' authority during your period abroad.

  • Short-term EU mobility for the purpose of research (max. 180 days)

    If an existing residence permit for the purpose of research has been obtained in another EU contry, researchers or doctoral candidates may entre Germany without a visa in order to conduct research for a maximum period of 180 days without obtaining a German residence permit. Provided that the existing residence permit obtained in another EU country is still valid upon entering Germany.

    If you intend to spend a period abraod at Leibniz University Hannover, please contact the relevant members of staff listed at the bottom of this page. The International Office will notify the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) of your planned period of mibility. At the latest, this notification must be received by the BAMF upon your arrival in Germany. There is no need to obtain a visa or a German residence permit for your stay. Therefore, you are not required to visit the local foreigners' authority during your period abroad.

  • Long-term EU mobility for the purpose of research (max. 360 days)

    If an existing residence permit for the purpose of research has been obtained in another EU country, researchers or doctoral candidates may enter Germany without a visa. If you intend to stay for a maximum period of 360 days, you will be required to apply for a residence permit for mobile researchers via the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), at least 30 days prior to your arrival. In addition to the application, an admission agreementconcluded with an institute of Leibniz University Hannover must be submitted. If you already conduct research in Germany within the scope of short-term mobility period, the application must be submitted 30 days before the end of the short-term mobility period.

    In both cases, the International Office will notify the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) of your stay. For this purpose, please contact the relevant members of staff listed at the bottom of this page as soon as possible.


REGISTRATION AT THE CITIZENS' ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

EU and non-EU citizens intending to stay in Germany for more than 90 days are required to register at the relevent residents' registration office.

  • Short-term stays (max. 90 days)

    If you do not intend to spend more than 90 days in Germany, there is no need to register at the residents' registration office.

    However, if you plan to extend your stay, you will be required to register at the relevant residents' registration office responsible for your place of residence.

  • Extended stays exceeding 90 days

    If you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, you will be required to register at the relevant residents' registration office responsible for your place of residence within 10 working days of your arrival. If you live in Hannover, appointments at one of the eight citizens' administration office ("Bürgeramt") in Hannover may be booked online. Booked appointments are accepted as proof that the registration has been observed. Since citizens' administration office in Hannover are usually quite busy, we recommend booking an appointment as soon as possible.

    Book an appointemnt via the online portal of the citizens' administration offices in Hannover

    Please remember to bring your identity card or passport  as well as a printed version of the form "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung". This confirmation of your move must be issued by your subletter or landlord. If you are married, pleas ebring your marriage certificate.

    Template "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" provided by the city of Hannover

    If you do NOT live in Hannover, you need to register at the residents' registration office of the relevant municipality/city responsible for your place of residence (e.g. Garbsen).


APPLYING FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT

If you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, an application for a residence permit must be submitted within the first 90 days of your stay or before your visa expires. This excludes EU/EEA citizens as well as cases were the REST directive applies.

  • Short-term stays (max. 90 days)

    For stays comprising a maximum period of 90 days, a residence permit is not required. Depending on your nationality, you are either entitle to stay in Germany without a visa within this period, or your entry entitles you to stay in Germany withing this period.

    Please note that undertaking gainful employment within this period is only permitted with a valid visa or residence permit.

  • Long-term stays exceeding 90 days

    Citizens of non-EU countries intending to stay for more than 90 days are usually required to apply for a residence permit via the local foreigners' authority. If your entry visa covers the scheduled period of your stay, you only need to apply for a residence permit if your stay exceeds the validity of your visa.

    Please note that only national visa ("D-Visum") can be converted into a residence permit for long term stays.

    Please book an appointment at the local foreigners' authority in a timely manner, since considerable delays are likely to occur. For information on oeping hours, required documents or appointments, please refer to the website of the relevant foreigners' authority.


HEALTH INSURANCE

In Germany, sufficient health insurance coverage is mandatory and constitutes an essential prerequisite for long-term stays. For example, proof of sufficient health insurance coverage must be provided when applying for a residence permit or in order to enrol at the university. Depending on the target group and the planned duration of the stay, the following options are available:

Short-term stays (max. 360 days)

  • Current place of residence within the EU

    Stay comprising a maximum period of 360 days are covered via the health insurance provider at your current place of residence within the EU. You only need your European health insurance card.

    If you intend to undertake paid employment in Germany, please check whether the health insurance provider in your home country covers this. Regulations may vary depending on the country.

    For extended stays, we recommend taking out health insurance in Germany, since the EUropean health insurance card generally only covers a maximum period of one year.

  • Current place of residence outside of the EU

    Please ensure sufficient health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay, e.g. via a foreign travel health insurance provider in your home country and/or a private health insurance provider in Germany. In order to receive a residence permit from the foreigners' authority, your insurance provider must meet the service requirements of statutory health insurance providers (section 11 paragraph 1-3 SGB V).

Long-term stays (exceeding 360 days)

  • Students

    Students enrolled in a full-time degree programme in Germany are eligible for statutory health insurance at students rates.

    Further information on health insurance for students

    Please note that proof of sufficient health insurance coverage must be provided in the context of your visa application, in order to receive or extend a residence permit, or in order to enrol at a university.

  • Doctoral candidates, postdocs and visiting researchers

    If you have concluded an employement contract with an institute, you may take out statutory health insurance via the university.

    If funding for your period abroad in Germany is obtained via another source, you will be required to take out private health insurance providers which meet the service requirements of statutory health insurance providers (section 11 paragraph 1-3 SGB V). This does not apply if you have already been ensured by a statutory health insurance provider as a student of a higher education institution in Germany and if you intend to commence your research stay straight away. In this case, your voluntary statutory health insurance policy may be extended.

More information about health insurance for scholarships holders.  

ENROLMENT OPTIONS

Students

Doctoral candidates

Postdocs and visiting researchers

  • Periods abroad at LUH without an employment contract

    A visitor's pass for postdocs and visiting researchers spending a period aborad at Leibniz University Hannover without an employment contract can be obtained from the International Office, which can be used to:

    • proof that you are member of Leibniz University Hannover
    • benefit from staff discouts at the cafeteria
    • access the library
    • or to book selected courses of the University Sports Centre

    Application form


ACCOMMODATION

  • Accommodation service of the International Office

    The accommodation service of the International Office addresses international exchange students, visiting doctoral candidates and visiting researchers. Since the number of available rooms is limited and some enquiries may not be successful, we recommend looking for alternative private housing options.

    Accommodation service of the International Office

  • Student housing provided by Studentwerk Hannover

    The halls or residence managed by the student services organisation (Studentenwerk Hannover) offer good value accommodation. However, places are only available for students enrolled in a full-time bachelor's or master's degree programme at a higher education institution in Hannover.

    Student housing provided by Studentenwerk Hannoverk

    Exchange students intending to apply for student housing provided by Studentenwerk Hannover must submit their application via the accommodation service of the International Office. Students enrolled in a full-time bachelor's or master's degree programme must submit their application to Studentenwerk Hannover.

    In addition, we recommend looking for alternative private housing options.

  • Private housing

    Accommodation adverts can be found on the notice boards in the atrium of the main university building ("Lichthof"), as well as in cafeterias, libraries and institutes, or on Stud.IP ("Schwarzes Brett").

    Moreover, private housing adverts can be found in the online database of Studentenwerk Hannover.

    Private housing database of Studentenwerk Hannover

    Since finding a place to stay in Hannover can be quite challending, Studentenwerk Hannover supports international students in their search for available rooms in private housing.

    Private housing database of Studentenwerk Hannover


WHAT IS STILL IMPORTANT?

  • Tax number

    As soon as the registry office has disclosed your data to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), you will receive a tax number. Following your registration at the citizens' administration office, you will be notified by post withing two or three weeks. AMong other things, a tax number is required to open a bank account in Germany.

  • Open a bank account

    You can open an account at the bank of your choice. For this, you need your passport, your registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung) and your taxID number.

    Please note that you can be charged if your take off money at an ATM who do not belongs to your bank.

  • Liability insurance

    In Germany, anybody inflicting property damage or physical injuries to third parties can be held liable. In addition to mandatory health insurance, we strongly recommend taking out a liability insurance policy for your stay in Germany in order to protect yourself against liability for damage to thrid parties. This way, you will not have to pay for sich damage out of your own pocket.

  • Accident insurance

    All registered students, doctoral candidate and employers are covered via the public health insurance (GUV). The insurance coverage starts with the enrolment or the start of the contract and cover the activities in relation with the study, the doctorate or your work.

    The insurance also covers the direct way between your home and the university.

    Visiting doctoral candidate, who cannot enroll at LUH because they are staying not long enough for this, and visiting researchers can be covered by the accident insurance if they are working "like" regular employees. In this purpose, a Registration at Dezernat 2 is mandatory.

  • Licence free for public service Broadcasting

    During your stay in Germany, you will be required to pay a fee for pubilc service broadcasting ("Rundfunkbeitrag") amounting to €17,50 per month.

    Further information on the licence fee

  • School system and childcare facilities in Germany

    In Germany, there are different types of childcare facilities for children aged 0 to 6.

    Information on childcare facilities in Germany

    Children aged 6 and over are required to attend school. An Overview of the German school system can be found here.

    The Family Service Team of the Equal Opportunities Office will be happy to assist you in finding suitable childcare options.


OFFERS AND SUPPORT ON THE CAMPUS

Students

  • Orientation days

    The International Office organize every semester orientation days for international students and exchange students. There you will receive information about your study and offers and supports at LUH and in Hannover. Here you will find the programme.

  • Preparatory courses

    Many fields of study offers preparatory courses and orientation events. You will find them in the course catalogue.

    The International Office offers for international master students a specific preparatory course: STEPin.

  • Study Buddy Programme

    The Study-Buddy Programme aims to foster intercultural exchange between international and local students. Moreover, the programme supports international students at the beginning of their studies and provides a contact person for queries regarding the challenges of university life.

    Overview Study Buddy Programme

  • Events programme

    The International Office offers an events programme during the semester with numerous activities: workshops, excursion, cultural evenings, etc.

    This programm is open to international but also german students and is a good opportunity to get in contact with fellow students.

Doctoral candidates

  • Welcome reception and events programme

    The welcome reception for new doctoral candidates by the executive office of Leibniz Universität Hannover takes place every year in october. There you will have the opportunity to learn more about the offers for doctoral candidates at LUH. This welcome reception is for all doctoral candidates (german and internation), who starts their doctorate at LUH within the year. The invitation takes place via email.

    The International Office offers an events programme every semester with workshops, lectures but also excursions. These events are open to doctoral candidates, postdocs and visiting researchers at LUH and their families.

  • Offers from the Graduate Academy

    The Graduate Academy is the central coordination and service facility for doctoral candidates at LUH. She offers in addition to fundings opportunities also numerous training programs.

Postdocs and visiting researchers

  • Reception for visiting researchers and events programme

    The Welcome Centre organizes every semester a reception for visiting researchers with the executive office of LUH. The invitation takes place by mail.

    The International Office offers an events programme every semester with workshops, lectures but also excursions. These events are open to doctoral candidates, postdocs and visiting researchers at LUH and their families.


CONTACT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

Echange programmes

Anne Höch
Administrative/Technical Staff
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
012
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
012

REST directive and on-campus support

Markus Remmers
Administrative/Technical Staff
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DOCTORAL CANDIDATES

Period abroad at LUH and REST directive

Dr. Solenne Schwanemann
Administrative/Technical Staff
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008

Erasmus programmes

Anne Höch
Administrative/Technical Staff
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
012
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
012

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR POSTDOCS AND VISITING RESEARCHERS

Periods abroad at LUH and REST directive

Manuela Schimmels
Administrative/Technical Staff
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
008