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New in Heidelberg?

Welcome Home! This is your Heidelberg-Handbook (1.452 MB)

Familie in der Flüchtlingsunterkunft Hardtstraße (Foto: Dorn)

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)

Don't hesitate to contact us:

Central Administration Office
(Bürgeramt Mitte)
Bergheimer Str. 69
69115 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 58-47980
Fax +49 6221 58-49150

Naturalization Ceremony 2013 (Photo: Rothe)


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.

Landfried complex (Photo: Scheuermann)


International Welcome Center

The IWCH offers foreigners special administrative services and is also a meeting place.
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Consultation (Photo: Buck)

Information and advice

First stop: the Service Point

The Service Point is your first port of call for information and advice on entering and staying in Germany.
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Consultation in the administrative office in Rohrbach (Photo: Rothe)

Visas etc.

Residence titles for Germany

Nationals of non-EU countries must hold a “residence title” while in Germany.
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Working for Prominent (Photo: Diemer)


Working in Heidelberg

Who is allowed to work in Heidelberg? Where can I go to get my foreign qualifications officially recognized in Germany? 
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Lecture hall of the University of Heidelberg (Photo: Hoppe)


Studying in Heidelberg

Residence permits are available to enable a foreign national to study at a German University.
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Lunch in the Wilckens School in Bergheim (Photo: Rothe)

Marriage & Family

Joining family already living in Germany

Spouses or children may be able to move to live in Germany.
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Applicants for asylum during language learning (Photo: Rothe)

How it works

Applying for asylum

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.
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Opening of the Intercultural Center (Interkulturelles Zentrum) (Photo: Rothe)


Heidelberg: open to the world

Heidelberg is a cosmopolitan city and has a real culture of welcome and acceptance. 
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