Information for Immigrants

You want to visit, work, study, settle or seek asylum in Munich? Here's all you need to know.

Services and Regulations

  • Entry visa

    Entry visa for academic/doctoral studies, German language courses, scientific activities and scholarships

  • Formal Obligation

    Visa applicants often have to submit a formal obligation at the German embassy or consulate abroad.

  • Residence Registration

    When moving to Munich to take up permanent residence, you must register your address within two weeks of your arrival.

  • Registration for EU Citizens

    EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein do not need a visa to enter Germany and do not need to apply for a residence permit.

  • Working Permit

    Blue Card, permit for self-employed work or for highly qualified persons: All you need to know if you want to come to work in Munich.

  • Au Pair to Student

    How can you change your legal residence status from being an au pair to being a student? Prerequisites, documents and application.

  • Absences Abroad

    Longer absences should always be communicated to the Foreigners Office to find out, how or if they might affect your re-entry.

  • Changing Studies

    Changing your course of study, moving to a different university: What foreign students have to consider concerning their residence permit.

  • Counselling on recognition

    If you have a foreign qualification and live in the Munich area, we can advise you on your possibilities of recognition in Germany.

  • Labor Market Access

    The Munich Employment and Qualification Program (MBQ) offers migrants and refugees a broad range of free services as well as access to the labor market.

  • Integration Counselling Center (IBZ)

    The Integration Counseling Center offers refugees and immigrants counseling, German courses, and help with career entry and advanced training.

  • Munich Employment and Qualification

    The MBQ is the City of Munich’s labor market program. Aim is to professionally, socially integrate people into the labor market, acquire and retain skilled workers.

  • The Mentoring Partnership

    The Mentoring Partnership builds a working relationship between qualified migrants (mentees) and established professionals (mentors).

  • Coming Home

    The Coming Home project supports refugees, asylum seekers and third-country nationals obliged to depart to reintegrate in their home countries.


How can I get an apartment? Are there language courses available? Where can I turn to when I’m sick? Find answers in the multilingual app INTEGREAT for new immigrants in Munich.

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Guides and Information

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Information on Brexit

The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31st, 2020. All information concerning Brexit – regulary updated.

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Foreign Students

Registration, bank account, residence permit: A step-by-step-guide for international students arriving in Munich.

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Munich Educational Portfolio

The Munich Educational Portfolio is a folder designed for refugees and immigrants 16 years of age or older.

Academic work and study

Study and Research in Munich

What's required to study or do research in Munich? Infos on recognition of qualifications, academic and student life, research options and contacts.