Residence permit for family reasons Issued for the reunification of parents to a minor foreigner

If you want to join your foreign minor child in Germany, you can obtain a residence permit for family reunification

As the parent of a foreign minor, you can obtain a residence permit if you come from a country outside the EU or eea and your child is a national of a country outside the EU and EEA.

In addition, you should want to establish or continue a family partnership with the child in Germany (a family cohabitation usually exists if you live with the child in a common apartment).

Furthermore, the child living in Germany should

  • a residence permit as a resettlement refugee, recognised person entitled to asylum or refugee, or
  • a settlement permit for humanitarian, political or international law reasons

and your presence in Germany is required because no other parent with custody is in Germany.

The residence permit for parents to join a minor child is a temporary residence permit. It is issued for the period of validity of the residence permit of the minor child in Germany. If the residence permit of your minor child living in Germany is valid for less than one year, your residence permit will also be issued for this shorter period.

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 or passport replacement
  • Current biometric photo
  • Visa, as far as this was necessary for entry
  • Proof of custody of the child to whom the reunification is to take place
  • Birth certificate of the minor child to whom the reunification is to take place
  • Residence permit of the minor child in Germany to which the reunification is to take place
  • Current registration certificate

In individual cases, the Foreigners' Registration Office may request further documents.

  • Online procedure possible in isolated cases
  • Written form required
  • Personal appearance required

Preconditions

  • You have a recognized and valid passport or passport substitute and, if necessary for entry - a sappropriated visa.
  • Your child has not yet reached the age of 18.
  • Your child is staying in Germany unaccompanied by a parent with custody.
  • Your child has a residence permit as a resettlement refugee, a recognised person entitled to asylum or a recognised refugee or a settlement permit for humanitarian, political or international law reasons.
  • There is no interest in expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.

§ 36 paragraph 1 Residence Act

Related Links

  • § 36 paragraph 1 Residence Act

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 certificates will be checked (bring them to the appointment) and your fingerprints will be taken for the production of the 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.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Last update or date of publication
26.10.2021