Citizens of EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
generally do not need an entrance visa. A passport is sufficient to enter Germany.
Citizens of Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Republic of Korea and the USA,
who entered Germany without visa and who are planning to stay longer, have to apply for a permit of residence at the Foreigners Registration Office  within 3 months after their entry.
Citizens of all other non-EU countries:
If your research stay in Germany does not last longer than 90 days per period of six months, normally a Schengen Visa is sufficient for your entry. Please consider nevertheless that a Schengen Visa can neither be extended beyond a three-months stay nor can the purpose of the stay be changed as determined in the Schengen Visa.
If your stay in Germany lasts longer than three months,
you have to apply for a permit of residence at the Foreigners Registration Office  before your entrance Visa expires.
Please ensure that you apply for an extension or a new permit of residence before your permit of residence expires, also. To make sure that your application goes without complications you can make an appointment online there.
For the registration at the Foreigners’ Registration Office,
please bring along the following documents in original:
- Valid passport
- Your rental contract in Berlin
- Proof of a valid health insurance policy
- 4 biometric passport photos
- Registration certificate of the registration office
- For spouses/children: marriage certificate/ birth certificate
- Your employment contract, your grant contract or another proof of the financing of your stay in Germany
If you have questions concerning your Visa or your period of stay please do not hesitate to contact the Visa-Service of the TU Berlin. The Visa-Service can extend your permit of residence as well. Requirements for an extension as well as further information and the opening hours of the Visa-Service can be found here.