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Immigration

Most countries require all non-citizens to obtain some kind of visa or entry permit in order to live, study, work, or intern in their country, even if it's only for a short time. Even if you believe that you do not need a visa, you may need to gather and present supporting documentation beyond what would normally be required of a tourist.

US citizens who study in Germany do not require entry visas but will instead obtain residency permits once they are in the country. If you are not a US Citizen or EU Citizen, you may be required to get an entry visa ahead of arriving to Germany. EU citizens do not need to obtain entry visas or residency permits.

The Outbound Immigration and Mobility Services section of NYU’s Office of Global Services (OGS) will be your main contact in navigating the immigration and visa process. OGS will contact admitted students with information on how to access GlobalChek Plus (GCP), a self-service immigration tool created to help users find specific and up-to-date visa and entry information for future study away travel. Answer five simple questions and GCP instantly advises whether a visa is needed, outlines the required documentation, and the entire immigration process.

What is a Student Visa?

It is an official stamp issued by the German government that gets affixed to a page inside your passport before you depart for Germany. You must present it to immigration control when you arrive in Germany.

The German Consulate is not affiliated with New York University. The Consulate is an entity of the German national government that issues visas for students and performs other functions. Please keep in mind that Consulates may independently create and/or change their requirements for obtaining a Student Visa at any time without notification.

What do you need to do?

1. Obtain a valid passport – signed, have one blank page, and expire six months after the end of the program.

2. Confirm the type of visa/residency permit and required materials needed. All admitted students will have access to Global Check Plus, an online tool that will help determine next steps based on specific inputs (citizenship, type and length of program, etc.)

2. Gather all necessary materials. Admissions materials will be provided by the Office of Global Services. Other items will be listed in output from Global Check Plus.

4. Apply for visa in person at your local consulate (if necessary). Or submit documentation for required residency permit.

5. Go abroad!

International Students: Additional Considerations

  • Depending on citizenship, some programs may be more difficult or easier to obtain required immigration status.
  • Fall semester may be easier to apply and receive student visa.
  • Online self-service visa and immigration tool - GlobalCheckPlus - will soon be open to all NYU students. Can be used to check immigration entry requirements for different programs based on citizenship.
  • Maintaining F-1 Status while away will require additional steps;visit the Study and Research Abroad page for more information about what you need to do before you leave/return to the US.

 

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