As a third-country national, you have the right to move freely with your reference person in the European Union, to enter and reside in any Member State if the requirements of EU law are met. This includes the free choice of residence in the Member States of the European Union. Anyone who is not a national of an EU member state, the EEA or Switzerland is a third-country national. "Family members" means the following persons: spouses, life partners and relatives in the straight descending line (e.B. children) as well as their spouses/life partners, if they are not yet 21 years old, and Relatives of Union citizens entitled to free movement in the straight ascending and in the straight descending line (older children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents) or of their spouses or partners to whom Union citizens or their spouses or partners are dependent. If the EU or EEA citizen studies in Germany, the circle of family members entitled to join him is limited to spouses and life partners as well as children who are granted maintenance. If you are a third-country national family member, you will need a visa to enter Germany, unless entry can be visa-free. During the first three months of your stay in Germany, your stay is only subject to the condition that there is a family relationship with the reference person entitled to freedom of movement, that you accompany this person and that you are in possession of a recognised or otherwise approved passport or passport replacement. For a stay of more than three months, you need a residence card, which will be issued to you by the Foreigners' Registration Office ex officio and within six months. In this case, the Foreigners' Registration Office checks the existence of the conditions for freedom of movement. Among other things, it may require proof of the family relationship with the reference person (e.B. by documentary evidence). In addition, you may be required to provide proof that the reference person has actually exercised his or her right to freedom of movement (e.B. by presenting a registration certificate). If the reference person you are accompanying or joining is not gainfully employed, you should also have sufficient resources and health insurance cover (this also applies to children who may accompany you). Proof of language skills is generally not required to obtain a residence card. Until a decision has been made on the issuance of the residence card, your stay in Germany is considered lawful. With the issuance of the residence card, the existence of the right of free movement is established. The residence card is usually issued for five years, unless a shorter period results from the stay of your reference person from whom you derive your right of residence. If you have not yet reached the age of 18, a person entitled to your personal care must agree to your planned stay in Germany.