Stadt Münster: Ausländerbehörde im Rechts- und Ausländeramt - A warm welcome...


A warm welcome...

... to the Foreigners Registration Office in the city of Münster.

General information:

In order to be able to process your request as soon as possible, it is no longer possible to book an appointment independently. Instead, the appointment arrangement was changed to an appointment request. With this procedure, we would like to enable you to receive the extension of your residence permit or an appointment for the submission of the declaration of commitment as soon as possible.

Once we have received your request for an appointment, you will receive information from your administrator as to which documents are required for the extension of your residence permit. You can then also contact this person if you have any questions regarding your request. When all the documents are complete, you will be given an appointment for fingerprinting and / or payment of the fee. If the appointment is after the expiry of your residence permit, you will of course be issued with a fictional certificate for the interim period so that you can continue to have a valid residence permit.

If you already have an appointment, it will of course also be processed. If you would like an earlier appointment, you are welcome to send us an additional appointment request. If all documents are available, we may be able to offer you an earlier appointment.

When the residence permit gets here from the Federal Printing Office in Berlin, you will get a letter with your PIN- and PUK-number. We will send you your residence permit via mail or we send you an appointment to pick up your residence permit. Please do not come around to pick up your residence permit without an appointment.

If you made an appointment, but your residence permission isn’t valid until the appointment, please inform us via e-mail. You will get a certificate via mail that prolongs your residence permit temporary in this case.

If you have a toleration (suspension of deportation), you will get a follow-up appointment every time you have an appointment. If there are any required documents, please send them to us two weeks before your follow-up appointment. If your personal appointment won’t take place because of  COVID-19, you will get further information via mail.

If you applied for asylum and you want to extend your so called “Gestattung”, please but the “Gestattung” into the mailbox of the immigration office (entrance on the Südstraße). We will extend your “Gestattung” and send it to you via mail.

If you are staying abroad and wish to enter Germany, you will find further information on travel restrictions on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs.

The information point on the ground floor stays closed to keep the COVID-19 at bay. If you have a great personal matter, please contact us via phone (0251 / 492 – 3636) or e-mail.

If you are abroad and have a residence permit, please notice: you can stay abroad for up to six months and your residence permit won’t expire. If you can’t travel back to Germany because of the current circumstances, send us an e-mail. We will send you a certificate via e-mail that you can travel back to Germany later.

If you visit Germany with a Schengen-Visa and you can’t travel back to your home country because of the COVID-19, you don’t need an extended visa until the 30th September 2020 if you stayed in Germany with a valid Schengen-Visa at the 17th March 2020 or if you came to Germany with a valid Schengen-Visa during the 17th March 2020 and the 17th June 2020. In this case you can just stay until the 30th September 2020, because your residence is allowed by law.

If you visit Germany without a visa and you can’t travel back to your home country because of the COVID-19, please send us a copy of your passport and of your passport stamp. Additional to that, please let us know how we can contact you via mail or e-mail. Shortly afterwards, we will send you a certificate, that your stay in Germany is allowed for a little while longer.

At last, we have some suggestions for your personal visit:

  1. Please do not visit us without an appointment! If you have any questions concerning your stay in Germany, please contact us via phone (02 51/4 92–36 36) or e-mail. A personal visit isn’t possible, except you have an appointment!
  2. The entrance to the building is only possible if you wear a mask.
  3. If you have an appointment for you and your family members, please enter the office solo. Your family members can wait in the waiting room and you can enter the office one after another.

Thank you for your comprehension!

Online appointment schedule

Unfortunately the online appointment schedule is only available in German at this point. You can access the appointment schedule by following the link below.

Please note that you have to confirm your appointment by clicking the appropriate link in the email that will be send to you, when you have made your reservation. The confirmation has to be made within 12 hours after receiving the email. Online appointment schedule (in German)

Information about the Skilled Immigration Act

At the 1.3.2020 the so called Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz (Skilled Immigration Act) comes into force. With this new act the regulations to apply for the issuing and extending of a residence permit for skilled workers and students were revised.

  Compiled information about the Skilled Immigration Act

Contrary directions: Great Britain and EU

Departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit)

The United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union later this year. However, it is not yet known under what conditions the United Kingdom will leave. For British citizens in Münster we have compiled information.

Information obligation according to the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates the obligation to provide information to data subjects when personal data are collected, depending on whether personal data are collected directly from the data subject (Art. 13 GDPR) or not (Art. 14 GDPR).
We have compiled the information required by law for matters relating to foreigners:
Information on data processing (PDF, 44 KB)


Adresse, Anfahrt, Öffnungszeiten


Foreigners' Registration Office
Rechts- und Ausländeramt

Stadthaus 2
Ludgeriplatz 4
48151 Münster

Postal address:
48127 Münster

Tel. 02 51/4 92-36 36
Fax 02 51/4 92-79 71

Opening times information desk:
currently closed

Emergency office hours:
currently closed

Opening times for appointments:

Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm

Thursdays: 1.30 pm - 6 pm

Hotline +49(0)251/4 92-36 36:

Mondays to Fridays:
8 am - 12.30 pm

Mondays and Tuesdays:
1.30 pm - 4 pm

8 am - 12.30 pm
3 pm – 6 pm

Further departments: