Throughout the months leading up to your departure, our office (The Office of Global Programs) is your primary resource for anything unrelated to visas.  Should you have visa and immigration questions, The Office of Global Services (OGS) is your best source for up to date information.

For many students, this may be the first time you are applying for a visa.  Know that this is a requirement based on the local government of the country you will be studying in.  OGS will provide guidance on navigating the visa process, but ultimately it is your responsibility to secure any necessary visa.

To get a sense of the visa process, check by using GlobalChek Plus:

GlobalChek Plus: a self-service immigration application which will help users find specific and up-to-date visa and entry information for upcoming study away travel, extended business travel, or professional appointment/assignment travel.

Note: you must sign in using your NYU NET-ID email. For information on how to use GlobalChek Plus, please click here to read our GlobalChekPlus FAQs.

If you have additional questions about acquiring a visa, please contact the Office of Global Services at:

Outbound Immigration & Mobility Services
561 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (212) 998-4242
Fax: (212) 995-4115

Office Hours (for picking up and dropping off documents)
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm EST

Walk-In Advising Hours: 
Tuesday – Thursday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST

Visa/Immigration FAQs

  • How do I obtain or renew my Passport?

For information on passports and passport renewal, please visit Please also contact if you have any question about obtaining a passport, and, if you need a passport quickly, for a letter needed to request same day passport service.

Remember, your passport MUST be valid for 6 months beyond your return date. For Spring 2016, that means through November 2016.

  • Do I need a visa and how do I get one?

All individuals who are not citizens of an EU Member StateIceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland are required to obtain a visa in the form of a so-called Aufenthaltstitel (residence permit) in order to be legally enrolled as students for the duration of their stay in Germany.  As mentioned, The Office of Global Services will be in touch with you throughout the semester to notify you of important deadlines and to make sure you have the materials you need to secure your visa ahead of departure.

After running GlobalChek Plus, please visit the Immigration page of our website for an additional outline of the process.

  • What are Group Appointments?

Group Appointments: OGS arranges a block of appointments at the consulate on the behalf of students.  Students must sign-up for the appointments through OGS, but the student is responsible for submitting their visa application in person to the consulate themselves.

  • Who can I contact with questions about the Visa Process?

All questions about the visa process should be directed to the Office of Global Services at