As a third-country national family member of a national of the European Union (EU) or a country of the European Economic Area (EEA: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), 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 under EU law are met. This also includes the free choice of residence in the Member States of the European Union. A third country is a national who does not have the nationality of an EU member state, the EEA or Switzerland. "Family dependants" means the following persons: spouses, life partners and relatives in the straight descending line (e.B. children) and their spouses/life partners, if they are not yet 21 years old, and Relatives of Union citizens entitled to freedom of movement in the straight ascending and straight descending line (older children, grandchildren and parents and grandparents) or of their spouses or life partners to whom the Union citizens or their spouses or civil partners provide maintenance. If the EU or EEA citizen studies in Germany, the circle of family members entitled to move is limited to spouses and life partners as well as children who are granted maintenance. If you are a third-country national of a 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 admitted passport or passport replacement. For a stay of more than three months, you need a residence card, which is issued to you by the Immigration Office ex officio and within six months. In this case, the Immigration 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 proof). In addition, you may be required to provide proof that the reference person has actually made use of his or her right to freedom of movement (e.B. by presenting a registration certificate). If the reference person you accompany or join is not employed, you should also be able to show sufficient means of subsistence and sufficient 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 the decision on the issue of the residence card is made, 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 take care of your person must agree to your planned stay in Germany.