Anyone who lives in Germany is required to register with the local authorities. After arriving, your first trip should take you to the local Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or Citizens’ Service Centre (Bürgerservice). This also applies to EU citizens. The adress of the responsible registry office can be found on the website of your new city.
If you come from a country that is not a member state of the EU or the EEA, you must also visit the local Aliens’ Authority (Ausländerbehörde) to apply for a residence permit. Researchers who have a contract with a recognised research institution can – under certain circumstances (e.g. minimum income) – apply for acceptance in accordance with §20 of the Residence Act (Researcher Directive). If this applies to you, then you and your family are subject to less stringent rules with regard to residence and employment. The Blue Card also enables graduates and highly skilled workers who can present a contract of employment with a specified minimum income to work in Germany for up to four years. You will need to present various documents to obtain a residence permit, which generally include a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) from the Registration Office, proof of funding (e.g. contract of employment with details of your monthly salary or a scholarship certificate) and proof of health insurance cover.