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Let's suppose I go to Germany on a student applicant visa, spend maybe less than two weeks there, would I need to do anmeldung still?

Normally people say that you don't need to do anmeldung if you're on a short stay. BUt, when people speak of short, stay, I believe, they assume that the person enters Germany on a tourist visa. My doubt arises because I am entering on a student applicant visa but staying for short.


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I have taken the student applicant visa on basis of writing an entrance exam. I have two exams on consecutive days and it takes one month for result to come, so I thought it'd be cheaper for me to return back to my home country. In this, I am in doubt if I need to do all these things for the short period of stay

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    Are you planning to return to Germany in this scenario, or are you asking about what happens if you decide to abandon your studies after two weeks?
    – phoog
    May 7, 2023 at 16:47
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    If you live in a pension/hotel the registration is done for you. If you rent an apartment, which is mostly long term, you must register yourself. May 7, 2023 at 16:59
  • See, the basic problem is, I have taken the student visa on basis of writing an entrance exam. I have two exams on consectuvie days and it takes one month for result to come, so I thought it'd be cheaper for me to return back to my home country. In this, I am in doubt if I need to do all these things for the short period of stay @phoog May 7, 2023 at 17:00
  • What if it's something like an AirBnB or something @MarkJohnson May 7, 2023 at 17:01
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    Registration law has nothing to do with Immigration law. Accommodation establishments (AirBnB, pensions, hotels) where you pay something to stay there, mostly for up to 3 months, have different rules than when you yourself rent (with a renting contract) a residence. There is no registration requirement for stays with friends (where there is no payment). If you are using AirBnB, you should add that to your question. May 7, 2023 at 17:36

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  1. § 17 (1) BMG obligates everyone to register with the registration office within two weeks after moving in into an apartment (§ 20 BMG).
  2. The registration obligation is suspended for the first sixth months for those who are already registered somewhere in Germany, § 27 (2) 1, 2 BMG or § 29 (1) 1 BMG.
  3. You are, however, as of yet not registered in Germany. For people who normally reside abroad the obligation is still suspended, but only for the first three months, § 27 (2) 3 BMG or § 29 (1) 2 BMG.
  4. Bottom line:
    • It is not forbidden to register. Registration will, however, inevitably necessitate deregistration, § 17 (2) BMG.
    • You can skip the red tape for stays lasting less than three months at one place.

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