Germany Residence Permit for Researchers and Professors

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Germany Researcher Residence Permit 2018-11-26T16:10:27+00:00

The residence permit to work as a researcher in Germany is given for 1 year minimum, or up to the length of the research project (whichever is less).

Foreign candidates who already hold a residence title as researchers from another EU country, they have to be given a residence permit, or a visa to run specific parts of their research project in Germany – for more than 3 months.

With a residence title of this kind, the holder is allowed to work within the field of the admission agreement, as well as to give teaching lessons.

If the foreigner has already a residence title from another EU country, they can work as a researcher in Germany for a period up to 3 months within a year, without a German residence permit.

Germany Researcher Residence Permit Requirements

Persons who have a covered statutory health insurance, different from private health insurance holders do not have to extend their health insurance periodically

General:

  • A duly completed and signed residence permit application form “Antrag auf Erteilung eines Aufenthaltstitels” – only for the initial application
  • A valid national passport
  • One recent biometric photo
  • A covered health insurance

Persons who have a covered statutory health insurance, different from private health insurance holders do not have to extend their health insurance periodically

  • Personal interview upon a preset appointment
  • Documents to show their residence in Germany
  • Home registration certificate “Meldebestätigung” (received by the Residence Registration Office “Einwohnermeldeamt”)
  • Rent agreement + A confirmation letter of accommodation “Einzugsbestätigung” issued by the homeowner

Specific:

When about to work in a self-financing research institution the candidate has to have:

  • An admission agreement to run a research project on a host recognized research institution for foreign researchers in Germany
  • The written confirmation from the same host research institution to pay costs to the relevant public authorities of the candidate’s living and accommodation costs for their period of unlawful stay in another EU state (despite Germany), as well as for their unforeseen deportation (for a period up to 6 months after the end of admission agreement)

When about to work in a publicly funded host research institution or in a research project of a public interest, such documents are not necessary.

The following categories cannot take a residence permit to work as foreign researchers:

  • Those living in any EU country waiting for the response on their application for refugee or asylum status
  • Those living in any EU country as asylums
  • Those whose deportation from the EU is postponed (based on law)
  • Those whose work as a researcher is for doctoral studies
  • Those who are posted to work in a research institution in Germany from another similar institution in the EU

The fee for this residence permit is for initial applications is 56 – 100 Euro, for extension is 49 – 96 Euro, while for Turkish people is reduced into 28.8 Euro.

  • Documents showing the intention to work
  • A valid work contract, or a valid extended work contract for a job position as a professor or researcher + A recent valid certificate of employment