Sometimes the Immigration Office or International Office require proof that your foreign degree is equivalent to a German qualification. The easiest way to check is to find out whether your degree certificate and your higher education institution are both listed and recognized as equivalent in the exact same form as on your certificate for your exact discipline in the German anabin database of foreign higher education qualifications.
If your certificate or higher education institution are not listed as recognized in the database, you may be required to have your foreign degree certificate(s) assessed by the Central Office for Foreign Education – Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB), subject to an assessment fee per certificate. Note that in order to have your degree certificate assessed, it may need to be translated into German by an authorized translator first. Degree certificates issued in German, English, French or Spanish need not be translated before they can be assessed, but the Immigration Office may still require an authorized translation. Please check with your officers at the Immigration Office or International Office.