Here’s what you need to know about the Immigration Office – all the information

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This is what you need to know about the state immigration office


Since 2020, the former Friedrich-Kraus-Ouver Immigration Office has been called the State Office for Migration.

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The State Office for Migration (LAB) is the authority for foreigners in Berlin. Here you will find all the important information about LAB – dates, contacts and applications.

There are always questions about services, booking appointments and speaking to the State Office for Migration (LEA), the authority for foreigners in Berlin. Here you will find answers to the most important topics related to the Immigration Office (formerly the Immigration Office Berlin).

What is the Berlin State Office for Immigration?

With around 540 employees, the State Migration Office in Berlin is the largest immigration authority in Germany. As an authority, it is responsible for enforcing immigration law in the capital. Her duties include issues of immigration, visas and asylum, as well as crime fighting and repatriation in addition to many other tasks in the field of foreigners and residence law.

Organization: What departments are there?

The authority is divided into six departments and 25 departments. The departments are divided into the following areas of responsibility:

  • Section A – Asylum Affairs
  • Section B – Special Tasks
  • Section E – Migration
  • Section R – Crime Fighting and Homecoming
  • Section G – Principle and Cross Section
  • Section P – Operation and Service



On the website of the State Office for Migration you will find an organization chart of designated departments (pdf) for individual departments as a download.

What services does the state office provide?

The main tasks include examining and deciding on applications for the issuance or change of residence documents and residence documents (residence permit, dummy certificate, settlement permit, EU blue card and others), decisions on asylum and visa procedures as well as applications for work permits.

Here you will find an overview of all the services provided by the Authority.

Ranking: Which services are most searched for?

The State Office for Migration has published the top 10 services offered by the agency. The relevant link takes you directly to the corresponding offer on the authority’s website. This is the current ranking of the most requested services:

  1. Letter of commitment to a short-term residency
  2. Residence permits for spouses, parents and children of German citizens – issuance and extension
  3. Residence permits for spouses, parents and children of foreigners – issuance and renewal
  4. Residence permit for study – grant and extension
  5. Transferring a residence permit to a new passport (this service is provided in all citizen registration offices. The State Migration Office is responsible only in exceptional cases).
  6. Residence permit for self-employment or self-employment – grant
  7. Letter of commitment to long-term residency
  8. EU Blue Card – Issuance and Renewal
  9. Schengen visa extension
  10. Residence permit for work

What sites are there in Berlin?

The State Migration Office has several locations in Berlin. Each site is responsible for certain matters relating to the right of residence. The two most important sites are:

  1. Location of Friedrich-Kraussover: Main office in Berlin
  2. Keplerstrasse site: Berlin Charlottenburg office (skilled workers and training, extensions of Schengen visas, declarations of commitment)

What is processed in the head office in Friedrich-Krause-Ufer?

Most applications are processed at the main location in Friedrich-Krause-Ufer. In particular, residence permits are issued for family or humanitarian reasons, au spouses, self-employed persons or to participate in volunteer services and work holiday programs. The site is also responsible for issuing permanent residence permits.

The responsibility of the relevant department depends on the nationality. In Sections E1 to E5, responsibilities are mainly grouped according to continents or regions. Regardless of nationality, there are on-site responsibilities for groups of people who have to leave the country with tolerance (sections A 2, A 3 and A 4), asylum seekers distributed throughout the state of Berlin with a residence permit (sections A 2, 3 and 4) and people who are not Licensees (Section R 1).

this is the address:
State Office of Immigration
Friedrich-Krauss-Offer 24
13353 Berlin
Email: abh@labo.berlin.de
Fax: +4930902694099
Phone: 030/90269-0

These are the opening times:
In order to further contain the Corona infection process, the service will only take place by appointment until further notice.
Monday: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday: By appointment only
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: By appointment only

How do I get an appointment?

From 8 November 2021, certain groups of people at the Friedrich-Krause-Ufer site can visit the Friedrich-Krause-Ufer site again without an appointment during normal business hours and waiting numbers will be issued again in certain departments.

Before visiting, please inform yourself about the current details and regulations of individual departments and departments on the website of the State Office for Migration. Here you will find current information about the site in Friedrich-Krause-Ufer.

Can I also book an appointment online?

You can also make an appointment online with the State Migration Office in Berlin. You should note that online appointments are usually fully booked months in advance. So it is recommended to book an appointment as soon as possible. Detailed information on the status of the current appointment can be found on the website of the State Office of Immigration.

How do I get to the main office at Friedrich-Krause-Ufer?

The location is centrally located in the Moabit neighborhood and easily accessible by public transportation. The Westhafen S-Bahn station (S41 and S42) and the Amrumer Straße U-Bahn (U9) station are within walking distance.

Where can I get more information about the head office?

Here you will find more information about the State Office for Migration in Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24.

What is processed at the Keplerstraße site in Charlottenburg?

Residence permits for private residence purposes are issued and extended at this site. This includes residencies for training (study, language course, apprenticeship), employment as a researcher, scientist or teacher, au pairs and work holiday programmes. This branch office is also responsible for matters relating to the EU Blue Card residence permit and the extension of Schengen visas.

Sections B1 and B2 are responsible for residence permits for professionals, personnel in science and research, students, interns and their family members. This is especially true for accommodations for:

  • Work as a specialist.
  • Further training, qualification and recognition of foreign professional qualifications.
  • Education (study, language course, vocational training).
  • Work as a researcher, scientist or teacher and for school attendance (including language and exchange students).
  • In exceptional cases, Schengen visas are extended at short notice if there are special reasons (force majeure, humanitarian or serious personal reasons).
  • Declarations of Commitment are accepted here for entry visas for short stays or visas for certain long stays.

The service on this site is by appointment only.

this is the address:
State Office of Immigration
Keplerstrasse 2
10589 Berlin
Fax: +493090269-4099
Phone: 030/90269-4000

The postal address is different from the website address. The postal address of both locations is: State Office for Immigration, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24, 13353 Berlin.

These are the opening times:
To contain the process of corona infection, the service is only available by appointment.
from Monday to Friday: only with a date

For Monday and Tuesday, appointments are activated daily with a short notice in the online appointment system. Additionally, as of June 2021, hundreds of express appointments will always be activated on Wednesday afternoons to make an appointment the next day.

How do I get to the Keplerstraße website?

Keplerstrasse is located in Charlottenburg and is best reached by public transport using the underground (station U7, Mierendorffplatz stop) or the M27 bus (Keplerstrasse stop).

Where can I get more information on the Keplerstrasse website?

Here you will find more information about the State Migration Office at Keplerstraße 2.

Does the State Office for Immigration also provide advice?

The State Office for Migration has an advisory service. For example, do you have questions about visa procedures, your job, your studies, family reunification, asylum procedures or obtaining your residence permit? So the advisory service is a suitable point of contact.

Service is the priority right now by phone (at phone numbers 030-90269-4407 and 030-90269-4408 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), per E-mail (beratung@lea.berlin.de) or Mail (State Immigration Advice Bureau of the State Migration Office (section P 2), Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24, 13353 Berlin). On-site personal consultation is possible by prior appointment.

Where can I get more information?

On the gate of the capital in the district of the State Office of Migration.

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