Family Reunification

Once a foreign citizen has legally cleared the hurdles of their residence status, there is a possibility to bring their immediate family over as well. According to Art. 6 of the German constitution, the Government has to respect the right of marriage and family. For this purpose, German law provides a family reunification visa. A family reunion is a way for husband, wife, and children to all live together with a dependable immigration status and without worries about the duration of their stay. That way, they do not have the 90-day-limitation of a regular tourist visa.

Joining your partner in Germany has fewer requirements than other types of visa, because your spouse has already obtained their own visa. The requirements, however, depend on the status of the referring relative which communicates the residency and depends on the purpose of their stay.

The term “family member” refers to spouses and children under the age of 18 years. Other family members can only immigrate, if it is necessary to avoid a particular hardship.

Spouses generally have the right to immigrate, if the other spouse has a legal residence, does not need social welfare, and can provide for enough housing space. For spouses of a German citizen, these requirements are not obligatory. Foreign spouses have to prove basic German language skills of level “A1” with a certificate of “Goethe Institute”.

A foreigners child, unmarried and below the age of 16 has the right to immigrate, if either both parents or the parent possessing custody possesses a residence permit.

Our team will help you in applying for the family reunification visa and make sure all the necessary documents are in place. We look forward to you reaching out to us!

If only one of the parents possesses a residence permit, then immigration is also possible. Generally, the decision is geared towards the wellbeing of the child. The decision is made based on the circumstances in the home country and the chances of integration. The economic situation is not the most important factor in this case.

Children of German citizens living abroad basically have the right to immigrate as long as they are underage.

Our team will help you in applying for the family reunification visa and make sure all the necessary documents are in place.


Our Services:

  • Extensive consultation on family reunification
  • Preparation of the visa application
  • Accompaniment in the visa procedure: Taking over the complete correspondence with the embassy
  • If the visa is denied: preparation of the remonstration
  • In the case of further rejection: representation in the proceedings at first instance
  • After entry: Taking over the correspondence and preparation of the application at the foreigners authority
  • Registration at the local registration office

Additional Services:

In the case of further rejection: representation in the proceedings at first instance

Please provide us with the following documents for the application:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your spouse’s passport
  • A biometric picture of you
  • A biometric picture of your spouse
  • Copy of your marriage certificate
  • A translated version of your marriage certificate
  • Proof of your German language skills (A1)

If you have children, please also provide the following documents:

  • Copy of your children’s passport
  • Copy of the birth certificate

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Valerie Tiet

Lawyer and head of the Immigration Law Department

Do you want to start a company or begin working in Germany, or is your family already here and you would like to join them? Are you interested in studying at one of the many universities?

We offer legal consultation for the countless opportunities to live and work in Germany. In the process we’ll focus on the legal demands but will support you in practical matters like the move itself.

We at GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Attorneys at Law are experts in the areas of immigration law and the rights of immigrants as well as labor, contract, corporate, tax and commercial law. With this much experience we can answer any question concerning immigration, which would be especially interesting for business founders or self-employed people.

From preparing the visa application to the issuance of the residence permit, we are glad to be your contact and competent companion throughout. We’ll offer you plenty of support while you establish your business or build a new life in Germany.

We look forward to you reaching out to us!