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Recognition of research institutes for the conclusion of hosting agreements

The Directive promotes the accreditation and mobility of third-state nationals for research purposes for stays of longer than three months. The basis for the accreditation is the special three-step procedure in accordance with the Researcher Directive.

Objective of the Directive

Specific rights are accorded to researchers with regard to their residence, teaching at universities, equal recognition of diplomas, employment conditions, social security, taxation and mobility within the EU for the same or other projects.

Transposition into national law

The Directive has been transposed into German law through the amendments to the Residence Act and the Ordinance governing Residence. The recognition procedure to be carried out by the Federal Office for research institutes is an integral part of the simplified three-step legal residence procedure allowing researchers from non-EU countries who wish to stay in Germany for longer than three months to obtain a residence title.


The legal residence procedure is made up of three steps:

  1. recognition procedure by the Federal Office for research institutes,
  2. signing of a hosting agreement between the research institute and the researcher,
  3. issuance of the residence title upon application by the researcher by the representation abroad (as a visa from abroad) and the local immigration office (upon entry to the country, as a residence permit).

Research organisations as defined in the Directive also include companies that undertake research. Research is defined as creative work undertaken on a systematic basis, and that is legally permitted, in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.