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Aliens Authority

The Aliens Authority consists of the specialised Aliens Law Service (service counter), the administration and the specialised Aliens Law Team, and is responsible for issues relating to entry (visa), right of residence and work permits (Arbeitserlaubnis). 

Opening hours and contact details:

General opening hours

The opening hours relate to the specialised Aliens Law service (counter service).

For an appointment with your relevant contact person, arrange an appointment using the contact details below or directly with the specialised Aliens Law team.

Monday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. -  5.30 p.m.
Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Contact details

You can contact our Service Hotline (0761/ 201-6470) during the above opening hours.

If you are unable to contact us by telephone, please use our Callback form.  

You can also reach us by E-Mail at auslaenderbehoerde@stadt.freiburg.de.

Corporate clients, social workers, charitable organisations and municipal organisations may be able to arrange an online appointment.

Specialised Aliens Law service

The specialised Aliens Law service is the first point of contact for almost all issues regarding Aliens Law. Our specialised Aliens Law team is supplemented by consultation through our telephone service team. We can handle many of your concerns directly, so you may not need to make a further appointment.

The specialised Aliens Law service offers you:

  • General information/service
  • General specialised advice
  • Appointment arrangements
  • Issuance of information materials
  • Issuance of replacement identity documents
  • Information on commitment declarations (Verpflichtungserklärung)
  • Point of contact for the entire municipality and other authorities
  • Corporate client service for the University of Freiburg, commercial companies, other employers etc.
  • Application acceptance and review
  • Decisions on emergency consultation without a standing appointment

The following can be processed by the specialised Aliens Law team without an appointment:

  • Notification of loss of passport
  • Issuance of certificates for the Pension Office, the Landeskreditbank
  • Certificates for crossing borders
  • Extensions of visitors‘ and tourist visas
  • Distribution of replacement identity documents
  • Exemptions from residence requirements

For any other matters, we request that you arrange an appointment with the specialised Aliens Law service or the telephone service.

To speak with a member of the Aliens Law service, you must first take a ticket to join the queue in the entrance area.  You can access this queue during opening hours up to 30 minutes before closure.

For general concerns and to arrange appointments, please contact us by telephone or by email.

Issue of tickets for the queue is divided into three sections:

  • Collection of residence documents (Aufenthaltserlaubnis/Duldung/Aufenthaltsgestattung)      
    You have received a message from the Aliens Authority or a letter from Berlin, stating that you should collect residence or other documents.
  • Commitment declaration (Verpflichtungserklärung)
    You would like to make a commitment declaration or arrange an appointment for this.
  • Other matters relating to aliens
    You have other concerns (residence permit extension, arranging an appointment, submission of documents/applications, etc.) which are not specified

Current information

Important information regarding your visit/your appointment with the immigration authority

We must all help to prevent the further spreading of the Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2. Therefore the immigration authority in Freiburg is adjusting its operation of the service counter from 18.03.2020 accordingly.

For urgent matters, appointments at short notice can be arranged by email at auslaenderbehoerde@stadt.freiburg.de or by telephone on 0761 201 6470Please note change: There are only a very restricted number of appointments for personal visits before 31.05.2020. This arrangement could also last longer.

For appointment visits please note the following:

  1. Please attend your appointment alone. Kindly only bring people with you (children, spouses, interpreters etc.) if this is really necessary.
  2. If you do not feel well or have symptoms such as fever or flu or are in quarantine, we ask that you cancel your appointment. The same applies to anyone you may bring with you.

If you cancel the appointment for reasons mentioned in no. 2, or do not wish to put yourself at risk, we can offer you a later appointment by email.

Important note:

Fictional certificates (Fiktionsbescheinigungen) which have already been issued remain valid even after the expiry date. Thus your residence will continue to be lawful until further notice. The subsidiary provisions (Nebenbestimmungen) (e.g. employment permit) also continue to be valid. For the granting and extension of tolerations (Duldungen), please arrange an appointment. Due to the current situation, tolerations can be issued in many cases for a longer period. If you wish to arrange an appointment to be granted toleration, please contact the Social Services and Integration Manager. Many thanks for your understanding!
Your immigration authority

The new Skilled Worker Immigration Act (FEG)

On 01.03.2020, the Skilled Worker Immigration Act came into force. This law is intended to extend access to the employment market for skilled workers from countries outside the European Union.

The key innovations of this act include:

  • Waiver of the priority check for recognized qualification and an employment contract
  • Discontinuation of the limitation on shortage occupations for overseas qualifying vocational training
  • The establishment of a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) for the pre-vocational language course
  • A residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) for those seeking a training place
  • An option for skilled workers with qualifying vocational training to come to Germany for a limited period to look for work
  • Access to the employment market for IT specialists with specific vocational experience without formal qualifications
  • Easier access to the Settlement Permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) for skilled workers
  • Accelerated process for skilled workers

Any further queries specifically regarding the Skilled Worker Immigration Act can be directed to the following email address: auslaender-feg@stadt.freiburg.de

Enquiries or applications for implementation of an accelerated process for skilled workers (205.4 KB) should also be directed to the above email address.

Information for British nationals regarding BREXIT

Great Britain left the European Union on 31. January 2020. This means that in the future, British nationals will require a residence permit to reside within German territory.

A transitional period has been established by the Withdrawal Agreement until 31.12.2020, during which the EU right to freedom of movement shall apply.

Thus there is no change to the entry and residence conditions for British nationals until 31.12.2020. This also relates to the issue of residence cards and permanent residence cards (§ 5 Section 1, Section 5 Sentence 2 of the EU Freedom of Movement Act, certification for right of permanent residence (§ 5 Section 5 Sentence 1 of the EU Freedom of Movement Act) and also the assessment of loss according to §6 Section 1 of the EU Freedom of Movement Act.

At the end of the transitional period (31.12.2020), British nationals will need a residence permit to remain in Germany.

Those who are already living in Germany at the end of the transitional period are specifically protected by the Withdrawal Agreement:

  • Initially there will be permanent right of residence for all those who have already exercised their freedom of movement in Germany for over 5 years by 31.12.2020: This category of people may leave Germany for up to 5 years without losing their right of residence. Those who have not yet lived in Germany for 5 years may continue to live here and will receive permanent status when they have lived in Germany for 5 years.
  • Citizens affected by this law will also have the right to family reunification for close family members according to Directive 2004/83/EU, as long as the relationship with a partner exists at the end of the transitional period.
  • Citizens affected by this law will have unlimited access to the employment market.  This also applies to cross-border commuters, as long as they retain the status of cross-border commuters.

British nationals have time at least until 30.06.2021 to apply to the responsible Aliens Authority for the relevant residence permit.

UK Nationals Support Fund (UKNSF) project

Forms and Information materials

Below you will find forms and further information on various key areas regarding right of residence. All forms and information sheets can also be obtained from our specialised Aliens Law service.

Bulletins and application forms in english

Aide-mémoires et formulaires de demande en français


Ausländer- und Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht
Berliner Allee 1
79114 Freiburg
Telefon 0761 201-6470
Fax 0761 201-6495

Wenn Sie uns telefonisch nicht erreichen können, nutzen Sie bitte unser Kontakt-Formular.


Responsibility for processing applications:
  • For residents of Freiburg: Department for Aliens and Nationals of the city of Freiburg
  • For residents of the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald: Aliens Authority /specialist group for regulatory law and nationality of the district office of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
  • For residents overseas: the German Embassy/Federal Office of Administration