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Visa for Research Stay

19.12.2023 - Article

If you would like to go to Germany for academic research purposes you can apply for a visa for research stay.

General Information

The official website of the Federal Government of Germany Make it in Germany contains a lot of helpful information about working and living in Germany.

To meet the requirements for research stay visa you will need to provide the following:

  • have a doctoral degree (PhD) or a suitable university degree that allows access to doctorate programmes and
  • have been selected by a research institute in Germany
  • in order to engage in research for which such a qualification is normally required
  • you need the research agreement

Note: If you are enrolled at a German university or research institute to complete a full-time study programme leading to a doctoral degree (PhD) as the primary activity you do not qualify for a research stay visa.

If you are taking part in a full-time study programme, please read the information under Study Visa for doctorate students.

Required Documents

Compile the required documents according to the purpose of your stay by using the following checklists:

Visa for Research Stay

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow three months weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad). Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.


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