Hamburg Welcome Center - Entry & Residence

Hamburg Welcome Portal Foreigners' Affairs - Hamburg Service vor Ort

Here you will find information about the locations for Foreigners' Affairs of Hamburg Service vor Ort.

District Immigration Authorities in Hamburg, Germany

District Immigration Authorities - Hamburg Welcome Portal

In the locations for Foreigners' Affairs ('Ausländerangelegenheiten') of Hamburg Service vor Ort handle formalities for foreigners living in Hamburg. Services include:

  • Application to obtain or renew a residence document (Residence Permit, EU Blue Card, Settlement Permit, Permanent EC Residence Permit)
  • Submitting a declaration of commitment for long-term stay in Germany

Finding the right office

Your applications will only be processed at the office responsible for your place of residence. Therefore, please make an appointment at the location of the district in which you are registered.

You can easily identify responsible location in charge of your application for a residence permit (or its extension) online by using the Hamburg Administration Guide (Behördenfinder der Stadt Hamburg).

  • Open the (German-language) Hamburg Administration Guide
  • Enter your registered address (street name and house number) in Hamburg
  • Press the red button (“Weiter”) 

The Hamburg Administration Guide will now show you the relevant department’s contact details.

An overview with current opening hours and contact details can be found on the Hamburg Service vor Ort website (in German).

Alternatively, qualified professionals and managers, students and their families may also contact the Hamburg Welcome Center.

There may be circumstances in which there are changes to the general opening hours in the authorities and offices. Current information can be found here (in German).

Please note: For immigrants who still reside abroad, the competence lies with the respective German diplomatic mission abroad (embassy, consulate) in their home country.

How do you get an appointment for a residence permit?

We recommend that you use the Residence Permit Online Service to submit your application. Upload all the important documents. Alternatively, you can also write directly to the location. You can find the contact details here (in German).

Information on residence permits, checklists and the necessary application forms can be found on the Hamburg Welcome Portal.

District Immigration Authorities

District Immigration Authorities


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