Registration with the City and Visa/Residency Issues

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Registration at the city and Visa issues

Once you arrive in Bochum you have to do some paperwork. Depending on your nationality, those formalities differ. Please click on the tab that is relevant for you and find out:

Students of EU-countires ↓

All citizens in Germany have to register at the City Administration (Bürgerbüro) of the town or city they are living in. Registration at the city should take place within two weeks of moving (even within Germany).
To register in Bochum, you need to go to your local City Administration, for example in the Uni-Center. Your data will be registered there. What kind of documents (Checklist: city registration) are required, can be checked in our information sheet at the right hand side.
We recommend a registration in company of a German speaking person.

After registration you will automatically receive a German National Identification Number (if you want to work in Germany) and will be subscribed to the "Rundfunkbeitrag" meaning obligatory TV taxes (see FAQ).


Students of non-EU-countries ↓

Students from non-EU countries have to register at the city, as well as to clarify their visa issues.

1. Step: Registration at the city
All citizens in Germany have to register at the City Administration (Bürgerbüro) of the town or city they are living in. Registration at the city should take place within two weeks of moving (even within Germany).
To register in Bochum, you need to go to your local City Administration (Bürgerbüro), for example in the Uni-Center. Your data will be registered there. What kind of documents (Checklist: city registration) are required, can be checked in our information sheet at the right hand side.
We recommend a registration in company of a German speaking person.
After registration you will automatically receive a German National Identification Number (if you want to work in Germany) and will be subscribed to the "Rundfunkbeitrag" meaning obligatory TV taxes (see FAQ).

2. Step: Visa issues
Students from non-EU-countries usually need a visa for their stay in Germany. If you want to apply for a visa in Germany or extend it, the Foreigners' Office of the city/region you are living in, is in charge of you. The Foreigners' Office of Bochum is located in the town hall.
Generally after registration at the city, you will get a post letter inviting you to an appointment for visa extension. What kind of documents (Checklist: Visa issues) are required, can be checked in our information sheet at the right hand side.
Especially for exchange students, we offer group appointments in the beginning of every term in order to assist at the Foreigners' Office.


If you need assistance with the registration at the city or support at the Foreigners' Office in Bochum, feel free to contact us.


Please note that the information provided by the RUBiss Team is not legally binding and is not intended to replace or substitute for information provided by professional experts for each individual topic. We recommend you to consult the diplomatic mission or your local Foreign Citizens’ Office for more detailed information on your individual case.

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Registration at the City

Bürgerbüro Querenburg (Uni-Center)
Querenburger Höhe 256
44777 Bochum
Phone: +49(0)234 910-91 22
Fax: +49(0)234 910-91 35

Make an appointment

Bürgerbüro Mitte (Rathaus)
Querenburger Höhe 256
44777 Bochum
Phone: +49(0)234 910-91 22
Fax: +49(0)234 910-91 35

Make an appointment

Visa issues

Foreigners' Office in Bochum
Willy-Brandt-Platz 2-6
44777 Bochum
Tel.:+49 (0) 234 910-24 00
Fax: +49 (0) 234 910-19 94

Office hours
Cost overview

Downloads

Checklist: city registration   (115.4 kB)

Checklist: visa issues   (203.3 kB)

FAQ "Rundfunkbeitrag" (TV taxes)   (415.9 kB)

Contact

Theodoros Markakidis



Joana Dewender