Arriving in Wuppertal

Residence in Wuppertal

If you plan to stay more than 90 days in Germany, you need to register your residential address at the Residents Authority (Einwohnermeldeamt) no later than two weeks after your arrival. Please note that hotels or holiday apartments are not recognised as residential addresses. Registration takes place at the Residents' Registration Office of Wuppertal and must be done in person. All persons (spouse, children) who are to be registered need to come along, as well. There are no fees for the registration. In order to register, you need to make an appointment first. You can make an appointment online. Please select under the header Meldeangelegenheiten "Anmeldung aus dem Ausland" and choose the number of persons you wish to register.

Einwohnermeldeamt Wuppertal
Steinweg 20, 42275 Wuppertal
(Schwebebahn train stop "Alter Markt" in Wuppertal Barmen)

Documents to be submitted

You need to bring the following documents with you to register:

  • Passport
  • Confirmation of accommodation (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung). Please note that a tenancy agreement (Mietvertrag) is not sufficient.

For the registration of your spouse and/or children, you also need to bring the following documents:

  • Passport of your spouse and marriage certificate
  • Passport of every child and birth certificate

During your personal appointment, you need to bring the original documents.

Certified translations of your documents required

Documents which are in another language than German need to be translated to German by an authorised translator beforehand. The German Association of Interpreters and Translators provides a of translators and interpreters. Another source for translators is offered by the Justice of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

If you have insufficient knowledge of German, it is advisable to bring a person with you who can assist with translating or interpreting, respectively.

Further information can be found here.

Residence outside Wuppertal

If you live in another city, you must register at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) of the city of your residence.

Applying for a residence permit

After having registered at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt), you must apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis or Aufenthaltstitel) at the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in the city where you reside. The application should be done in person and early in advance before your visa expires.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office by e-mail, by phone or in person.

Making an appointment by e-mail: beschaeftigung[at]

Making an appointment by phone: +49 (0)202 563-4777

Making an appointment in person:

Address & opening hours:
Friedrich-Engels-Allee 28
42103 Wuppertal
Mon., Wed., Thu. and Fri. 07:00 - 12:30, closed on Tuesdays
Mon.: 14:00 - 15:00, Thurs. 14:00 - 17:30

Attention: Since both the appointment and application process take a long time, appointments should be made as soon as possible.

Documents to be submitted

  • Residence permit application form
  • Hosting agreement (Aufenthaltsvereinbarung)
  • Registration certificate (Meldebescheinigung)
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Employment contract (Arbeitsvertrag), grant agreement (Stipendienbescheid) or proof that you have enough money to cover your living expenses in Germany
  • Academic certificates/ academic degree
  • If applicable, passport of your spouse and marriage certificate
  • If applicable, passport of each child and birth certificate

If necessary, further documents may be requested.

Submission of documents

All documents can be submitted in advance by e-mail to the following address: beschaeftigung[at] You should bring all original documents for the personal visit. 


The fee for the residence permit 100,00 euros. Please bear in mind that further cost may arise.

More information can be found here.

If your heir domicile or habitual abode is in Germany (§ 8 and § 9 German General Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung) respectively), you are subject to unlimited income tax liability in Germany pursuant to § 1 para. 1 sentence 1 of the German Income Tax Act (Einkommensteuergesetz) with all income earned in Germany and abroad. Please find more information on income tax liability here.

When registering at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt), your tax class will be determined with respect to your marital status. Also, you will receive your tax identification number (Steuerliche Identifikationsnummer or Steuer-ID) from the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern or BZSt).

Your tax identification number will be sent to you by post to the registered address after you have registered with the registration office. This can take up to 4 weeks. In some cases - especially if additional documents have to be submitted - it can take up to 10 weeks. Therefore, you should mark the letterbox with your name immediately after moving into your flat.

If you lose your tax identification number, please fill out this form.

In Germany, the public broadcasters such as ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio are financed by the Broadcasting fee (Rundfunkgebühr). The Broadcasting fee is compulsory for all citizens of Germany. After you have registered at the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt), the Broadcasting service (Rundfunkanstalt) gets notified. You will then receive a registration form from the Broadcasting service by post. Alternatively, you can also register online for the broadcasting service. Please check whether you can be exempted from the Broadcasting fee. You can find more information here.

If you have children, you can apply for Child benefit (Kindergeld) at the employment agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). Further information in German can be found here and in English here. All necessary application forms in various languages can be downloaded here. Please select "Kindergeld" and then the language of choice.


Bergische Universität Wuppertal

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Gauss-Str. 20
D-42119 Wuppertal

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