Residence Permit/Visa

Scientific Visa Package

By introducing the Scientific Visa Package, a new residence title specifically for researchers was introduced.  This means it is now possible to state "researcher" as a purpose of stay in the visa application form. Therefore researchers are given certain rights as to residence, teaching at higher education institutions, equal treatment in recognition of diplomas, working conditions, social security, taxation, etc.


The Scientific Visa Package facilitates the admission of researchers coming from non-European countries (third-country nationals) at European universities. As soon as the university has decided upon an agreement with the researcher, then they can apply for a visa or residence permit in Germany with the residence title “researcher” under § 20 of the residence act.


The University of Tuebingen is recognized as a research facility by the Federal Office of Migration and Refugees. Which means the University is able to provide hosting agreements with international researchers. Please note that Scientific Visas are generally processed faster and that they provide advantages for family members.


With a researcher visa you are allowed to work within a special research field and teach at Tuebingen University.  In order to obtain the Scientific Visa Package, you will need to apply for a hosting agreement with the  University of Tuebingen. On presentation of the hosting agreement, you can apply for the Scientific Visa Package at your German embassy or you can apply for a residence permit for researchers at the local Foreigners Registration Office.


Hosting Agreement

The Welcome Center of Tuebingen University will sign the hosting agreement with you. Please contact us to check if the Scientific Visa Package is an option for you.


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Doing Ph.D. and working permit

Are you doing your Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen?

If you have a residence permit for the purpose of study (according to §16 Residence Act) you are allowed to work 120 days or 240 half days per year. This working permit is valid outside of the University as well.


Have you finished your Ph.D. and now you are looking for work?

After finishing your Ph.D your residence permit can be extended for up to 18 months in order to search for an appropriate job, if you can provide your own means of finance for your stay.


Please contact us when you have further questions.

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Tuebingen Research Campus

Tübingen-Research-Campus-LogoGeneral information on this topic are jointly provided by the Welcome Centers of the University of Tuebingen, its Faculty of Medicine and the Max Planck Institutes on the pages “Immigration Procedures” und “Work and Taxes” of Tübingen Research Campus.


The Welcome Center continues to support you personally before and during your stay at the University of Tuebingen or the University Hospital.


For researchers at the University of Tuebingen (without University Medicine)

welcomecenter [at]

Tel. +49 7071 29-78040

For researchers at the Faculty of Medicine

welcomecenter [at]

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