Registering: Foreign Residents’ Office and Registration Office
As soon as you have a place of residence in Germany, you must register at the Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt). In Munich this is the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KRV) at Ruppertstr. 19. German law requires everyone to register in a new city of residence and to deregister at the old one. This is also the case each time you move and when you leave Germany.
At the Einwohnermeldeamt, you will also receive an income tax card (Lohnsteuerkarte). You must submit this to the university institute or department hosting you. You will find the Einwohnermeldeamt at your local city hall or administrative authority.
You must also report to the Foreign Residents’ Office (Ausländerbehörde) even if you are from an EU country. In Munich this is also at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. There you will receive a residence permit. For this you must bring:
- Your passport
- Two passport photos
- Certification from your local employer (i.e. your host institute) that you are a visiting scholar here
- Registration certification from the Einwohnermeldeamt
Citizens of the EU or EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) automatically receive a work permit that also includes their spouses. Citizens of other countries only receive a work permit if they are being paid with funds from the EU. Your host institute must arrange your work permit in advance of your stay in Germany.