Residence permit for family reasons Issued for the reunification of the spouse to foreigners

The residence permit can be issued if you and your spouse or partner have reached the age of 18, although the minimum age may be waived in certain cases. As a rule, you must prove simple language skills. With simple language skills, you should be able to communicate in a simple way in everyday life on German, for example, ask for directions, shop and introduce yourself. There are several exceptions to the requirement of proof of language proficiency. Is e.B. the foreign person in possession of an EU ICT Card or Mobile ICT Card, then you do not need to prove any language skills. Information on other exceptions to language skills can be obtained from your competent authority. The residence permit for family reunification is a temporary residence permit. It is issued for the period of validity of the family member's residence permit in Germany - for at least one year. If the residence permit of the foreign person living in Germany is valid for less than one year, the residence permit is also issued for the shorter period. The granted residence permit for family reunification entitles the person to pursue gainful employment. Under certain circumstances, the Foreigners' Registration Office may oblige you to participate in an integration course. This will then be noted on your residence permit.

Valid passport Current biometric photo Visa, if required Residence permit of the foreign person in Germany to whom the reunification takes place In the case of family reunification with the spouse: international marriage certificate as an officially certified copy or marriage certificate in the original language as an officially certified copy or marriage certificate checked by the German Mission Abroad for authenticity and correctness in the original language and in German translation In the case of family reunification with a life partner: Partnership certificate If applicable, proof of simple German language skills (A1 certificate) Proof of health insurance coverage Proof of livelihood security Proof of the living conditions (e.B. rental contract or purchase contract with information on the number of square meters of the living space)


Forms: Forms can be obtained from your immigration office, if necessary they are also offered online Online procedure possible in isolated cases Written form required: yes Personal appearance necessary: yes

Preconditions
You have a recognized and valid passport or passport substitute and, if necessary for entry - a sappropriated visa. There is no interest in expulsion against you. Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. The foreign person in Germany has a valid residence permit, settlement permit, permanent residence permitEU, EU Blue Card, ICT card or mobile ICT card. You and your spouse or partner have reached the age of 18. You can prove simple language skills, if necessary. Your spouse or partner has sufficient health insurance coverage and financial resources to provide for your family. Your spouse or life partner has successfully rented an apartment in Germany that offers enough space for your family.
Information on family reunification for non-EU citizens: https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/de/leben-in-deutschland/familiennachzug/zu-nicht-eu-buerger/ (German) https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/living-in-germany/family-reunification/spouses-non-eu-countries/ (English) https://www.bamf.de/DE/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/Familie/NachzugZuDrittstaatlern/nachzug-zu-drittstaatlern-node.html (German) https://www.bamf.de/EN/Themen/MigrationAufenthalt/ZuwandererDrittstaaten/Familie/NachzugZuDrittstaatlern/nachzug-zu-drittstaatlern-node.html (English)

The residence permit must be applied for at the immigration authority responsible for your place of residence. The procedure is as follows: Depending on the foreigners' registration office and concerns, it may be possible to apply via the Internet. Find out whether your immigration office offers the electronic application for a residence permit. If the application is only possible in person, make an appointment with the Foreigners' Registration Office. During the appointment, your application will be accepted and your proofs will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment). Your fingerprints will be taken for the production of an electronic residence permit (eAT). In the event of an electronic application, the Foreigners' Registration Office will contact you after receipt of your online application in order to make an appointment at the Foreigners' Registration Office if necessary. During the appointment, your proofs will be checked (bring them with you to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the electronic residence permit (eAT). If your application is granted, the Foreigners' Registration Office will arrange for the eAT to be produced. After about six to eight weeks, you can pick up the eAT at the Foreigners' Registration Office. The eAT must always be collected in person. Fees apply for issuing the residence permit. The timing and form of payment vary depending on the authority. Responsible in the state of Brandenburg is the foreigners' authority of the district/district-free city.

Responsible for the content
Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs
of the State of Brandenburg

Last update or date of publication
27.10.2020