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Registration in Halle

All international doctoral candidates who come to Germany for more than three months are required by law to register as a new resident with the citizen service office of the City of Halle upon arriving in Halle. Registration is important because it is the pre-requisite for having your visa converted by the immigration authority into a residence permit (eAT).

You must register personally within 14 days of obtaining permanent accommodation (flat, room in a student hall, etc.) If you are living in a hotel/guest house for the first few days, the 14-day period only counts from the time of obtaining permanent accommodation. If you are living in a guest house and obtain a rental agreement there, this also counts as permanent accommodation.

Remember that after completing your research-related stay in Halle, you must de-register again within 14 days prior your departure.

More information on the de-registering including the form needed to de-register here: www.bit.ly/2uJB18u   

Visit the citizen service office

It is only possible to visit the citizen service office at Marktplatz 1 by making an appointment in advance. You can make an appointment as follows:

  • online    
  • phone +49 345 22 10 (short code 115 if you are calling from a landline in Halle)


You will need the following documents:

Student bonus from the City of Halle

In the past, the City of Halle paid a special “student bonus” for students and doctoral candidates at the start of the relevant winter semester. All students and doctoral candidates of MLU who registered for the first time with their main residence in Halle between 1 July and 30 November received a one-off partial refund of the semester fee.
Please enquire with the PhD Network or the Student Union as to whether the student bonus is still available from the City of Halle at the time of your registration.

Further information provided by the Halle Student Union   

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