German Family Reunion Visa
The German government encourages family reunification and permits immigrant workers to bring their family members and relatives to Germany on a temporary or permanent basis. The Germany Dependent Visa is also known as the Family Reunion Visa and is a special visa for this purpose.
Eligibility requirements for the visa
Immigrant workers who wish to bring their family members to Germany must meet the following conditions:
- Have enough income to support them and their family
- Have enough funds to provide housing for the family
- Family members must have basic understanding of the German language
- Children must be below 18 years
- Have a temporary or permanent residence permit or an EU Blue Card
- Have enough health insurance for them and family members
Your spouse or companion will not need a visa or knowledge of German to enter the country if:
You have a Blue Card from the European Union.
You work as a research scientist or a highly skilled worker in Germany.
Your spouse holds a bachelor’s degree from a university.
Bringing dependent children to Germany
The requirements to bring a child to Germany may change depending on the age of the children.
If both parents live in Germany, they may apply for their child to be brought over. A single parent, on the other hand, is allowed to bring their minor child to Germany if he or she has sole custody and care of the child.
To be qualified for a Family Reunion Visa, the child must not be married. However, this does not exclude her or him from applying for a different type of visa, such as a German visitor or tourist visa, a student visa to study in Germany, or an employment visa to work in Germany.
Documents required to apply for a family visa
Proof of accommodation – demonstrating that the German citizen has enough room in their home for the applicant.
Proof of the applicant’s German language skills at least at level A1.
Requirements to sponsor a spouse / registered partner
- A foreign officer’s attestation of a registry or marriage certificate, translated into German and legalized by the German embassy
- A copy of the German spouse’s passport and identification card must be sent if the spouse is of German nationality.
- If the spouse is a non-German living in Germany, they must have proof of legal residency as well as their passport.
Requirements to sponsor children
- Certificate of birth
- Proof of the child’s nationality
Evidence of the parent who is living in Germany who has the right to care and custody
Do I need a Germany family reunion visa?
A family reunion visa is not needed for citizens of the European Economic Area, the European Union, or Switzerland to visit a family member or relative in Germany.
Third-world nationals, i.e., those from countries outside the European Economic Area and the European Union, will require a family reunion visa to visit their partner, spouse, or relative in Germany.
How much does a Germany family reunion visa cost?
In most cases, an adult long-term family reunion visa (category D) costs 75,00 Euros, while children under the age of 18 pay 37,50 Euros.
If you decide to cancel your application after paying the fees, you will not be entitled to a refund. If your visa application is rejected, you will not be reimbursed. If you want to reapply for the visa, you’ll have to pay the fee again.
Can I work in Germany on my family reunion visa?
You can work in Germany on your family reunion visa, provided that the relative you will be joining –
- Is in Germany as a researcher or highly-skilled person.
- Has an EU Blue Card.
- Has a residence permit authorizing them to work.
According to the German law every adult who is living in Germany on a Family Reunion visa is [permitted to work provided he meets the above conditions.
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