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Checklist

To help you organize your stay at Leibniz Universität Hannover optimally, we have created up a checklist with the most important points for you:

Passport To enter Germany, every researcher needs a valid passport or an equivalent identity document (a national identity card or driving licence is not sufficient). Please note that this passport must be valid at least until the end of your stay in Germany – and if you are extending your research visit, correspondingly longer. Please make sure that you always use the same spelling of your name.
Certificates, Vaccination Certificates When you apply for a residence permit for yourself and your accompanying family members, you may have to produce the originals of your birth certificates and, where relevant, your marriage certificate. If you have certificates of vaccination, please bring them with you; this could be important in case of illness.
Residence Permit, Entry Visa Please apply for visas for yourself and accompanying family members early, since a processing time of several weeks must be reckoned with.
Passport Photos You are recommended to bring four to six passport photos (of yourself and accompanying family members). This can save a significant amount of time when dealing with formalities.
Planning your Health Insurance You are recommended to contact the insurance company before coming to Germany so that any queries can be dealt with in time to ensure that you have insurance coverage from the very first day. Please also note that the "Ausländerbehörde" in Hannover requires proof of such health insurance for your residence permit.
Planning the Starting Date of your Employment When planning the starting date of your employment, you must take the public holidays in Germany into account and consult your employer or scientific host.
Weather The weather is often changeable, so that you can expect cold temperatures and rain even in summer. You are therefore advised to bring at least some warm clothing with you from home.
Dictionary Bring a dictionary or phrasebook in your own language or a language familiar to you. It is also worth bringing a travel or cultural guidebook with you from your own country – these often have practical tips on weather, everyday life and many other useful topics.