Issuing a residence permit for family reunification with Germans

Children and husbands or wives of Germans can obtain a residence permit for family reasons. This also applies to custodial parents of underage unmarried Germans. You are allowed to move to Germany and work here.

The same applies to the following same-sex civil partnerships:

  • "registered civil partnerships " within the meaning of the German Civil Partnership Act
  • civil partnerships recognised by the state under foreign law, which essentially correspond to the German "registered civil partnership"
  • Proof of compliance with passport and visa requirements
  • Proof that there is no reason for expulsion against you
  • Proof that you do not endanger or impair the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Proof of German citizenship and habitual residence in Germany from the person you are joining
  • Proof of family membership (e.g. birth and marriage certificates, proof of a registered civil partnership)
  • in the case of spouse reunification additionally:
    • Proof of the minimum age of both spouses
    • Proof of simple German language skills of the person joining the team

Preconditions

  • You meet the passport and visa requirements.
  • There is no reason for expulsion against you.
  • Your stay does not endanger or adversely affect the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • The person you are joining has German citizenship and is usually in Germany.
  • in the case of spouse reunification additionally:
    • Minimum age of both spouses: 18 years
    • Simple knowledge of German of the person moving in

Hints

Since 1 September 2011, you will receive the residence permit in the form of a credit card with additional electronic functions. Further information can be found under Electronic Residence Permit (eAT).

Related Links

  • Residence Act (AufenthG)
  • § 3 Freedom of Movement Act (EU (FreizügG/EU) (family members of Union citizens)

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