Residency in Berlin

Overview of the most important regulations on residence for study purposes and the asylum procedure


Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Council of the European Union decided on 19 October 2023 to extend temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine by one year until 4 March 2025.

As a result, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior issued an ordinance regulating the following:

If you have fled from Ukraine and have a residence permit in accordance with Section 24 (1) of the Residence Act that is valid on 1 February 2024, this permit, including its conditions and ancillary provisions, will continue to apply until 4 March 2025.

This means that

You do not have to apply for an extension. An appointment at the immigration office (LEA) is not necessary. The prerequisite is that the current residence permit in accordance with Section 24 of the Residence Act is valid until at least 1 February 2024.


  • Due to the automatic extension, the possibilities for working, studying, receiving social benefits, travelling abroad and other guarantees and freedoms associated with the residence permit are retained.
  • Holders of such residence permits are therefore still entitled to benefits under SGB II and SGB XII and are generally entitled to benefits under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG), child benefit, housing benefit and health insurance benefits.
  • Please note: this does not apply to fictitious certificates! If you have a fictitious certificate that expires in the next few weeks, you must apply for an extension in good time!

You can find more information and a contact form to extend your fiction certificate on the LEA website (only in German).


pdf: Procedural information for residence in Berlin (in German language only) (5.73 MB)