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Since German bureaucracy has a tendency to be somewhat perplexing and certain things can be neglected in the chaos of moving home, we have summarised the most important points you have to remember in one place.

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  1. Search for and find somewhere to stay:
    Sign a rental agreement and obtain a certificate of confirmation from your landlord. This certifies that you are the tenant of the apartment and have actually moved in.

  2. Register at the Citizens’ Office:
    Register your home address and take receipt of a registration card.

    Documents you will need: certificate from your landlord + passport
    Online appointments at one of the city's Citizens' Offices

  3. Open an account:
    Documents you will need: registration card, passport, letter of acceptance from the university or confirmation from your employer / employment contract

  4. Arrange health insurance:
    Private or statutory, ca. Euro 100 per month
    Documents you will need: copy of your passport, copy of your visa, bank details, address, letter of acceptance from the university or confirmation from your employer / employment contract

  5. (Students only): passport, evidence of health insurance, passport photo, proof of address (rental agreement), letter of acceptance from the university
    Later: payment of the semester fee

  6. Visa / residence permit:
    Passport, biometric passport photo, evidence of German health insurance – original and copy, registration card
    Certificate from your landlord and rental agreement – original and copy
    Employment contract or matriculation certificate + student ID card, proof of adequate funding (min. Euro 720 per month)
    Fees: Euro 50 – 110; make a personal appointment to attend the Aliens Authority