As a general rule, non-EU foreigners require a visa to enter the country and a residence permit (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”) for long stays (more than 90 days), which can be obtained from German Missions abroad.
Please check the website of the Federal Foreign Office (“Auswärtiges Amt”) if one of the following applies to you:
You plan a research stay of
- up to three months and therefore need a Schengen visa
- more than three month and therefore require a national visa
Please note that it may take 8 to 12 weeks until you receive your visa.
In the meantime, you can start looking for an apartment. First of all, ask at your research institution if they rent out furnished apartments; some of them have guesthouses for foreign researchers. Otherwise, furnished accommodation can be found on several websites which are listed on the accommodation flyer. Find out more about housing in Leipzig in general in our Guidelines for Public Authorities (p. 14).
If you have children, you may want to start looking into childcare and schooling before coming to Leipzig, as it may take some time for you to find appropriate options for your children. Further information can be found in the chapter “Living in Leipzig with a family” in our Guidelines for Public Authorities (p. 16-18).
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The Guidelines for Public Authorities document contains useful advice for preparing for and organizing your stay in Leipzig. It covers a list of topics concerning aspects of living and working in Leipzig and information about the responsible authorities and institutions.
The Guidelines for Hiring Foreign Staff in the Public Service document provides information about the different steps you need to take in order to work in Germany as a scientist in the public sector. The guidelines explain in detail the documents required for you to be hired and what to pay attention to regarding these. Please make sure to bring your legalized/apostilled documents if you need to apply for a residence permit in Leipzig (this applies especially to birth and marriage certificates as well as diplomas). Otherwise, the process of applying for a residence permit will take much longer.
Please also look at our FAQ section in order to get answers to questions about everyday life in Leipzig as well as intercultural questions about Germany in general.
If you have any specific questions, please contact your research establishment or university/college.
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