Residence permit

Important: since 2021, the Foreigners' Office in Saarland is no longer located in Saarbrücken but is now located in Lebach! Please plan for the longer journey to your appointment.
You can reach Lebach by Saabahn (Lebach-Jabach) or by train. From the Saarbahn stop, it is about a 10-minute walk to the building of the Foreigners' Office.

While a visa will allow you to enter Germany and stay for a period of up to 90 days, a temporary residence permit is required if you are planning to stay for longer than three months. If you are not an EU national, you will need to apply to the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) for a temporary residence permit. Selected few countries allow students from non-EU countries to enter without a visa and then to apply for a residence permit within 90 days. If you are unsure whether you need a visa, please contact the Welcome Center.

It is best to make an appointment to apply for or to extend your residence title in Saarland six to eight weeks before your visa expires. In the case of visa-free entry, it is best to apply for the title immediately after entry. In both cases, please make an appointment for this at the Foreigners' Office in Saarland. It is not possible to visit the Foreigner`s Office without an appointment.
Together with your appointment, you will receive a list of documents that you must bring with you.

The Welcome Center will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. Please also contact us if you do not receive any response to your inquiry at the Foreigners' Office for a longer period of time. The Welcome Center can then send a request to the Foreigner`s' Office on your behalf.


Saarbrücken Campus
Building A4 4
Phone: +49 681 302-71128

Office hours: Monday to Friday: 09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.00.