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Guide to the Health Care System for Migrants
Find your way around the complicated German health care system, despite possible language barriers, with useful pointers and information about counselling services. You can download the brochure here or get it from the City's Administration Offices or the Public Health Office, Kurfürsten-Anlage 38-40.
English version (1.014 MB)
Turkish version (1.113 MB)
Arabic version (890.5 KB)
Help for new arrivals
Heidelberg is popular among residents both old and new. Of its 150,000 residents – who come from 160 different countries – 47,000 have a migration background, with about 400 recent arrivals each year receiving an official “certificate of naturalization” from the city. By clicking on the links below you can access a wide range of information about moving to Germany and Heidelberg. If you have questions or need more personalized advice, the administrative offices (Bürgerämter) in the various districts of the city are there to help.
The IWCH offers foreigners special administrative services and is also a meeting place.
The Service Point is your first port of call for information and advice on entering and staying in Germany.
Nationals of non-EU countries must hold a “residence title” while in Germany.
Who is allowed to work in Heidelberg? Where can I go to get my foreign qualifications officially recognized in Germany?
Residence permits are available to enable a foreign national to study at a German University.
Spouses or children may be able to move to live in Germany.
What documents you need, where you can live, what work you can do... there is a lot you need to know when applying for asylum in Germany.
Heidelberg is a cosmopolitan city and has a real culture of welcome and acceptance.