Registration and extension of visa/Permit of residence

Application and Visa/ Residence Permit

Registration at the Local Residents' Registry Office

If you are staying in Cologne for more than three months, you must register your address at a local residents' registry office within 7 days of your arrival. You need proof of registration to apply for a residence permit, to open a German bank account or, in some cases, to sign up for a mobile phone number.

For the registration you need:

  1. Passport with a residence permit or visa + 1 photocopy of the passport and visa
  2. A completed application form (available from Carl Duisberg Centren)
  3. Carl Duisberg Centren rental contract, if you have booked accommodation through Carl Duisberg Centren (or your landlord’s name and address, if you have rented an apartment on your own)
  4. For married couples: marriage certificate or domestic partner document and a translation by a state certified translator or a translator recognized by a German embassy
  5. For parents bringing their minor children to Germany: birth certificate or excerpt from the register of births + translation by a state certified translator or a translator recognized by a German embassy

You can register at any local registry office in Berlin. You can go there directly or make an appointment online: https://termine-online.stadt-koeln.de

Opening hours for all citizens' registrations offices:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:30 am – 12 noon 
Tuesday, 9:30 am – 6 pm
Thursday, 7:30 am – 4 pm 

Addresses:

City Center
Laurenzplatz 1-3, 50667 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-91573

Chorweiler
Pariser Platz 1, 50765 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-96165

Ehrenfeld
Venloer Str. 419-421, 50825 Köln, Tel. 0221/5488-211

Kalk
Kalker Hauptstr. 247-273, 51103 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-98214

Lindenthal
Aachener Straße 220, 50931 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-93400

Mülheim
Wiener Platz 2 a, 51065 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-99234

Nippes
Neusser Straße 450, 50733 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-95160

Porz 
Friedrich-Ebert-Ufer 64-70, 51143 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-97450

Rodenkirchen 
Hauptstraße 85, 50996 Köln, Tel. 0221/3591-209

Extension of the visa/Permit of residence

Please extend your visa or your permit of residence on time and before it expires, especially when you stay longer than 90 days in Germany and at Carl Duisberg Centren.

For an extension of the visa or for the first application you will need:

  • Passport with valid visa for Germany (D-visa)
  • A completed application form (which you can also get at the Carl Duisberg Training Center; our staff will assist you in completing the form)
  • Confirmation of residential registration from the City Berlin
  • Carl Duisberg Centren rental contract, if you have booked accommodation through Carl Duisberg Centren (or your landlord’s name and address, if you have rented an apartment privately)
  • Course certificate from Carl Duisberg Centren
  • 1 biometric passport photo, size 45mm x 35mm
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage (e.g. health insurance from Carl Duisberg Centren or DAAD)
  • Evidence that you are capable of supporting yourself:
    • Proof that you have a blocked account at a bank ("Sperrkonto") in Germany during the period of your stay in Germany
    • Declaration of commitment to the German Residency Act (§ 68 Aufenthaltsgesetz) 
    • A scholarship (example: DAAD scholarship)
    • Enrolment certificate (only if you are enrolled in a degree program)

You can apply for the extension of a visa or for a permit of residence at the Immigration office of your district. Addresses and opening hours can be found below.

DAAD-scholarship holders and students can also apply for a permit of residence at the student’s immigration service of the city of Cologne. To make an appointment, please ask the team of your Carl Duisberg Training Center.

Opening hours of all Immigration Offices:

Monday, Tuesday, 8 am – 12 noon 
Wednesday closed
Thursday, Friday 8 am – 12 noon 

Addresses:

Chorweiler
Pariser Platz 1, 50765 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Innenstadt
Ludwigstraße 8, 50677 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Ehrenfeld
Venloer Straße 419-421, 50825 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Kalk 
Kalker Hauptstr. 247-273, 51103 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Lindenthal
Aachener Straße 220, 50931 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Mülheim
Wiener Platz 2 a, 51065 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Nippes
Neusser Str. 450, 50733 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Porz
Friedrich-Ebert-Ufer 64-70, 51143 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

Rodenkirchen
Hauptstr. 85, 50996 Köln, Tel. 0221/221-0

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