Residence Permits and Residence Registration in Kiel

Concerning residence permits, work permits and visas

  • Persons with a residence permit for Germany who are currently staying abroad and whose residence permit will expire abroad should contact the Immigration Office in Kiel by e-mail
  • Keep in mind that even if your residence permit is valid for a longer time, if you stay outside of Germany for more than six months your residence permit will become invalid and you will need to apply for a new visa to reenter Germany. In some cases, if you are/were not able to return to Germany due to a travel ban, you may be able to apply for a Rückkehrberechtigung (permission to return) that allows you to re-enter Germany.


Concerning residence registration for new arrivals and change of address requests at the Residence Registration Office:

  • You need an appointment to register your residence. You can schedule an appointment by phone 0431 901 904 or by sending an e-mail to with a telephone number where the office can call you back.
  • If you are already registered in Kiel and have moved, the change of address can be done by post.The registration confirmation will be sent by mail.
  • Information and registration forms can be found on the website of the City of Kiel


Registration in Kiel

All persons who move to Germany (citizens from the EU, the EEA AND all NON-EU citizens) must register with the residents' registration office in their city upon arrival in Germany. If you have an apartment in Kiel, you can schedule an appointment to register by phone 0431 901 904. The line is open starting at 7:30 am. It pays to call early.
Please note that you can only register here if you live in Kiel. You can register for an appointment in the main city hall as well as in the city hall branches in districts of Kiel.
Here you will find the information you need for registration: (German only)
If you do not live in Kiel, please contact your town offices to find out where and how to register.

We recommend that you register for an appointment before entering Germany, as soon as the German Embassy has approved your visa, or as soon as it is certain that you will travel to Kiel and live in Kiel.


Application for a Residence Permit

EU and EEA nationals

do not require a residence permit in Germany.

Nationals from other countries (Non-EU, Non-EEA)

must apply for an appointment with the local immigration office after registering at the City Hall in order to obtain a residence permit. However, in order to apply for an appointment at the immigration office, you must prove that you have either already registered your residence or that you already have an appointment to register your residence  at the City Hall in the town where you will be living, as the town you live in determines which immigration office will be responsible for you.
If you have already registered or already have an appointment for registration at the City Hall in Kiel, you should also make an appointment at the Kiel Immigration Office by sending an email to In your email be sure to include your family name, your given name, your date of birth and the reason for the appointment.

The appointment invitation will be sent to your registered address. Make sure your name is clearly visible on the mailbox to ensure delivery of the appointment invitation.

Starting on March 8, 2021 all appointments at the Kiel Immigration Office will take place in the new offices, located at Stresemannplatz 5. The entrance is at the corner of Stresemannplatz and Kaistraße. If you live in a city other than Kiel, please inquire where the responsible immigration office is and how you can arrange appointments there.
In general, you will need the following documents:

  • Completed confirmation of registration (Meldeschein) from the Einwohnermeldeamt / Bürgeramt (Residents' Registration Office)
  • Proof of private or statutory health insurance
  • Proof of financing (a fellowship, work contract or blocked bank account, etc.)
  • Valid passport
  • Money for fees (ask your foreigners authority about the rates beforehand)

However, your responsible immigration office will inform you - when you make the appointment - what you need to bring along in your case. After checking your documents, the immigration office will convert your visa into a residence permit. The residence permit is initially limited to one to two years or for the length of your work contract. If you plan to stay longer, you will have to extend your residence permit again.

If you have any questions, please contact
Nancy Smith

Kiel University, Kiel and S-H

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