RESIDENCE PERMIT – for researchers

02.12.2019 - Article

If you have a hosting agreement with a German recognised reasearch institution you may be able to apply for a residence permit for research purposes.

Where and How to apply?

Visa applications can only be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.Appointments have to be booked via our online booking system. You have to submit your application in person in Wellington. Please note that you can not apply more than 3 months before your entry to Germany.

New Zealand citizens can travel visa free to Germany and can apply for the necessary permit after arrival at the local immigration office.

What do I need to fill out and provide

Please have your complete application ready for your appointment and do not include staples, post it notes, paperclips and folders of any kind.The photograph(s) is/ are not allowed to be stapled, glued or blue tacked to the form.

   1.  Please print out your completed Visa application form twice

   2. required documentation according to the information sheet

      Please note that you need two copies of all  required documentation for your application

   3. Please read the data protection regulation

       and print out and sign the data protection signature sheet

   4. Visa fee


What happens after your application
The Embassy reserves the right to request and further documents or information deemed necessary for processing your application at any time and assumes no responsibility for applications submitted too close to your planned departure.
Applying for a visa does not guarantee that a visa will be issued! Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance with your application.
Upon your arrival the border authorities may examine whether the requirements for your entry continue to be valid. Entry may be refused by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa. We advise you carry with you documents giving evidence to the purpose of your stay.

Helpful links:


Make it in Germany

Bundesagentur für Arbeit


A guide for your first weeks in Germany: Arrival App


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