Stay to attend a language course

Issuance of a residence permit to attend a language course that does not serve to prepare for a degree.

The residence permit can be issued for a maximum of one year.

  • valid passport
  • 1 current biometric passport photo 35mm x 45mm, light background
  • Proof of intensive language course - certificate from the language school, contract
  • Health insurance (insurance card) - Any statutory health insurance. Travel health insurance is also sufficient for the duration of the language course.
  • Proof of livelihood security (blocked account at a German bank for 10,236 euros / submission of a declaration of commitment by a third party on an official form / bank guarantee at a German bank).


  • Intensive language course, usually daily lessons (at least 18 lessons per week to acquire comprehensive German language skills).


A residence permit to learn the German language can only be issued for participation in an intensive language course.

An intensive language course requires that its duration is limited in time from the outset, usually includes daily lessons (at least 18 lessons per week) and is aimed at acquiring comprehensive German language skills.

Evening and weekend courses do not meet these requirements.

Section 16 (5) of the Residence Act

Related Links

  • Federal Employment Agency (Hamburg Employment Agency)
  • Foreigner matters
  • Leaflet overview on immigration matters (visa) of the Central Immigration Office, HTML
  • Law on the residence, employment and integration of foreigners in the federal territory
  • Online service: Hamburg residence permit

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