Booking an appointment

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Please note:

  • For the time being service will only take place by appointment.

I would like to book an appointment.

For most residence titles, you can book an appointment at the Berlin Immigration Office:

Tip: For some services, you do not need to come to the Berlin Immigration Office. Instead, you can go to any citizens’ registration office (Bürgeramt) if you have booked an appointment:

Only for people in an ongoing asylum procedure or with an obligation to leave the country:

  • You are in possession of a certificate confirming permission to remain pending an asylum decision (Aufenthaltsgestattung), have temporary suspension of deportation status (Duldung), a border crossing certificate, a supplementary sheet under Section 84(2) of the German Residency Act, or a certificate on the confiscation of a passport?
  • Your Aufenthaltsgestattung, Duldung or certificate
    • has already expired or
    • will expire within the next 6 weeks?
  • Then please complete this online form.

FAQ about making an appointment

It is generally possible to extend residence titles no earlier than 8 weeks before they are scheduled to expire.
If possible, you should book an appointment 4-6 weeks before your visa, residence permit or EU Blue Card is scheduled to expire.

Important: Book an appointment before your residence title expires.


Was your residence title still valid on the date on which you booked your appointment?

If so, your residence title will be considered as continuing in the federal territory until the scheduled date of your appointment. This also applies to the ancillary provisions for your visa.
This means: You can continue to work or study until your appointment.

You can present your booking confirmation to the authorities and employers as appropriate proof. Please use this service to avoid long waiting times.

  • This applies only on condition that you attend the appointment you have booked.
  • Moreover, you can travel abroad only within the scope of validity of the residence title most recently granted to you.

For certain residence titles and services, it is not possible to book an appointment.
If the service that you require is not offered in the online appointment booking system, please contact unit responsible.

Important: Do not book an appointment for a “false” service. If you book an appointment despite the fact that the service that you require is not offered in the online appointment booking system, we cannot serve you, even though you have made an appointment.


Appointment slots are in short supply, so please delete your appointment if you do not need it. Many thanks.

You can also change your appointment if other slots are available.

To change or delete your appointment, please use the online appointment booking system of the Berlin Immigration Office.


It is possible that all the appointment slots are booked up. This does not mean that there is a technical fault.

If no appointments can be booked, we ask you to try the booking again the next day. New appointments are activated every day.

You tried to get an appointment online several times unsuccessfully and your residence title expires in few days? In this case, please apply for an extension via e-mail. For this purpose, please contact the department responsible for you.


To further contain the corona infection the service at our locations will be restricted. For the time being service will in general only take place by appointment.

Please note our current information on service from March 21, 2022.


The Berlin Immigration Office does not send out any invitations to extend residence titles.

Therefore, you need to ensure that you book an appointment in a timely manner.


After the appointment booking procedure, you will receive per e-mail an appointment confirmation, which you must print out. This confirmation lists all the required documents and fees. Please bring all of these in full – together with your appointment confirmation.

Important: Please do not cling, staple or stick the documents you bring with you. This helps us to save time with your operation.


A Schengen visa (Visa Category C) is issued for short stays, e.g. for visits, tourism purposes or business trips.
A visa of this kind always expires as soon as its expiry date has ended.
Schengen visas can be extended only in exceptional cases, e.g. in the event of serious illness.

As a rule, a Schengen visa cannot be converted into a residence permit.
Therefore, with a Schengen visa, you cannot extend your permitted stay by booking an appointment or applying for a residence permit. More information


Please do not turn up at our offices without an appointment.

Please book an appointment for extension of your residence permit. You can find further information about our online booking system here.

If there are no available appointments before your travel and you are in possession of a valid travel document (passport or an equivalent), please send an email including your travel dates and the reason for your travel to the unit responsible for you.

We will process your request promptly and check if you can receive a certificate that enables you to travel.

Please notice that due to the long production we cannot issue travel documents for tourist travel.


No, please do not seek unasked an appointment.

If the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has granted you asylum or refugee status or complementary protection and you do not yet possess a residency permit, the matter will be examined on the circumstances of the case.

The responsible office department will then invite you to attend an appointment as soon as possible.