Formalities upon arrival

Once you have arrived and found a suitable accommodation in Vechta, your next step should be to register your new address at the competent registration authorities. This step is obligatory if you plan to stay more than 3 months in Germany. In this case, if you are not a EU citizen, you should also apply for a resident permit. Other important first steps in Germany include finding an appropriate health insurance and opening a German bank account. Here we provide information on and assistance with all these important steps.


Registration and residence permit

The registration of the address in Vechta is a required step for all international visiting researchers that plan to stay in Germany more than three months. Upon registration of your new address, you will receive a registration card (Meldebescheinigung), which is an essential document e.g. for applying for a residence permit. On this page, you will find all relevant information on how to proceed with the registration of your new address in Vechta, as well as with the application for your residence permit. 

Health insurance

Here you can find information on how health insurance works in Germany: who must hold a health insurance in Germany? What kinds of health insurances are there and what are the differences? On this page you can find information on these and further questions related to health insurance coverage in Germany. 

Bank account

If you are planning to stay for a long time in Germany, it makes sense for you to open a German bank account.  You can find information on this here. 

Last revision: 2020-10-01 · Print page

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Dr. Caterina Bonora

Welcome Centre of the University of Vechta 

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