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How do I apply for a residence permit?

Remember to apply for your residence permit as soon as possible after your arrival (within three months of arrival and at the very latest on the last day your entry visa is valid). Please bring all of the required documents, and note that the KVR is always very busy. From experience, we recommend you get there as early as possible and bring something to read—there’s going to be a wait.

The KVR website can be accessed at: http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Department-of-Public-Order

Residence permit checklist

  • Completed form “Antrag auf Erteilung bzw. Verlängerung eines Aufenthaltstitels.” It is available, without having to stand in line, at the Foreign Resident Authority in various languages. You will also receive a copy upon your arrival at the RCC 
  • A valid passport
  • One biometric passport photo (photo booth available at the KVR, photographer right across the street from KVR)
  • Contract with the RCC (provides both proof of reason for visit as well as proof of financial support (Finanzierungsnachweis))
  • Copy of rental agreement
  • Proof of health insurance (must be German, if stay exceeds 6 month)
  • Certificate of Residency, “Meldebescheinigung” (see “Registration in Munich”)
  • The residence permit is free of charge. Recipients of public funds are excluded from paying the fees

If accompanied by family members, please also bring the following:

  • All members of your family
  • Original marriage certificate (if your spouse plans to reside with you in Germany)
  • Original birth certificates (or other official documents that indicate that you are the legal guardian) for all your children
  • All family members’ passports
  • Completed form “Antrag auf Erteilung bzw. Verlängerung eines Aufenthaltstitels”—1 per person. It is available, without having to stand in line, at the Foreign Resident Authority in various languages. You will also receive a copy upon your arrival at the RCC

Where to Apply for Your Residence Permit

If you reside in the city of Munich

Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR), Amt für Ausländerangelegenheiten
Rupertstr. 19
803337 Munich

Subway line (U-Bahn) U3 or U6, Station “Poccistraße”
Bus line 31, Stop “Poccistraße”

Special office for foreign students/scholars (“Studenten” and “Wissenschaftler/Forscher”)

Office hours:
Monday 7:30–12:00
Tuesday 8:30–12:00 and 14:00–18:00
Thursday 8:30–15:00
Friday 7:30–12:00

Please find more information on the foreigners' office here: http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Department-of-Public-Order/Foreigners-Office

auslaenderbehoerde.kvr@muenchen.de