Residence Permit

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you have to apply for a residence permit at a local Foreigner's Registration Office ("Ausländerbehörde") before your entry visa expires.

In order to apply for a residence permit you usually need to provide the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Passport photo (biometric)
    • Health insurance certificate
    • Evidence of funding (e.g. bank statements, loan guarantee, scholarship, declaration of commitment)
    • Resident registration (provided by the local Residents' Bureau ("Bürgeramt"))
    • Evidence of the reason for your stay (e.g. certificate of language course, enrolment)
    • Fees: 100 € at initial distribution, 93 € - 96 € for an extension. Perhaps 13 € for a „Fiktionsbescheinigung“ (probationary)
    • Other documents may be required


    Please also note the following information:

    In Kassel

    Please file your application at the Foreigners' Registration Office in Kassel.

    new address from 04.July 2022
    town hall (Rathaus)
    3rd and 4th floor of the Karlsstraßen-Flügels
    Obere Königsstraße 8
    34117 Kassel


    Moritzstr. 18 (3.OG)
    34127 Kassel
    Building: Campus Center
    Room: 3114

    There are currently no office hours of the Immigration and Integration Department (Foreigners' Registration Office) at the Campus Center. To make an appointment, please call the service number of the City of Kassel: 0561 115

    If you have any questions about applying for or extending your visa, please feel free to contact the Visa Information Service.

    Contact and office hours:


    Moritzstr. 18 (2. Ebene)
    Campus Center
    Room 2128a

    Telephone +49 561 804-2210
    E-mail address

    Office Hours:
    Tue and Thu 1 - 3 pm (and by appointment)

    In Witzenhausen

    Please file your application at the Citizens' Office in Witzenhausen.

    Stadtverwaltung Witzenhausen

    Am Markt 1
    37213 Witzenhausen

    Telephone +49 55 42 / 508 0
    E-mail address

    Office Hours:
    Mon 07:30 - 16:00;
    Tue 07:30 - 18:00;
    Wed 07:30 - 16:00;
    Thu 07:30 - 16:00;
    Fri 07:30 - 13:00

    • A copy of your passport (do not submit your original passport!)
    • Your rental agreement

    Your application will be forwarded to the Foreigners' Registration Office in Eschwege for processing (approx. 30 km from Witzenhausen). After about two weeks, you will receive notification by letter that your residence permit can be collected from the Foreigners' Registration Office in Eschwege.

    Ausländer- und Personenstandswesen
    Bremer Str. 10a
    37269 Eschwege

    Telephone +49 5651-302-3331 / 3330

    Office Hours:
    Mon - Fri 9:30 – 12:00
    Thu 14:00 – 17:00

    Now, you have two options:

    You authorise a tutor to collect your residence permit. You will need to provide him or her with your passport and a signed letter of authority for this. The tutor will then go to Eschwege to pick up your residence permit.

    If you need to apply for a new visa or extend your old one you have to go to Eschwege yourself.

    Do not forget to take your original passport with you and make sure you arrive within office hours. Outside the office hours, you can arrange a group appointment for several students to pick up their documents together.

    Getting to the Foreigners' Registration Office in Eschwege

    Take bus line 220 to "Friedrich-Wilhelm-Strasse" in Eschwege from Witzenhausen "Markt" station. The journey takes about an hour. Once you arrive there, continue along Schillerstrasse until you reach Bahnhofstrasse. The Foreigners' Registration Office is located next to a Lidl supermarket store. There is a sign reading "Zulassungsstelle" on the building.

    Alternatively, you can also take a train to Eschwege. If you have any questions, please contact one of your tutors.