The Directorate of Immigration will make every effort to process all applications for student residence permits before the start of the autumn semester. In view of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the deadline for applying for student permits has been extended by a month.
The Directorate can only guarantee that an application will be processed in time, if it is submitted before July 1st and is accompanied by all necessary supporting documentation.
We cannot guarantee that applications that are submitted after the deadline will be processed before the start of the semester, even if all necessary documentation are submitted.
What can you do to accelerate the processing of your application?
- Make sure you submit all the necessary supporting documents with your application, a list of the required supporting documents is available here.
- Make sure the supporting documents you submit meet the Directorate’s documentation requirements.
In particular, make sure the criminal record certificate you submit was issued by the highest authority competent to issue such certificates in the respective country. The certificate must state that the information in the certificate stems from national databases, not only databases in certain areas (for example, in certain regions or states of a country). For students from the US this means that an FBI criminal record certificate is required, students from Canada must submit an RCMP certificate and students from Thailand must submit a certificate issued by the Royal Thai Police.
- Make sure your means of support is satisfactory and that you submit sufficient documentation on your secure means of support.