Reunite with Your Family in Germany

Many individuals come to Germany for temporary work but instead end up staying in the country longer than expected, sometimes much longer, and some may even find themselves staying for the rest of their lives. Because the original plan may have been to return home after a short time working in Germany, those who choose to take this path in life may find themselves leaving behind family in the country they originally came from. 

If you are one of these individuals and have family members back in your home country and your desire is to bring them to Germany, we can assist you with that. We are also happy to help if you are in a marriage between a German and a non-EU citizen and want to move to Germany to spend your lives together.

The German law allows for family members to join a spouse or relative by issuing a special kind of visa for this purpose, the Family Reunion Visa. Our experienced team will help you apply for this visa to make the process as carefree as possible.

Throughout this article, we will be going over some of the basic requirements that you will need if you want to obtain a visa so that you can reunite with your family in Germany.

Why Apply for a German Family Reunion Visa?

Residents of Germany know firsthand just how wonderful the experience is living in the country. Germany has, by far, one of the strongest and most successful economies in the world, making it a very welcoming place for individuals to find work and enjoy their lives.

Anyone who moves to the country and becomes a resident is permitted to work. The opportunities posed are great, especially for individuals who seek to bring their family members into Germany so that they can make a better life for themselves.

Aside from the economic benefits that are posed to those who choose to live in Germany, there are also other upsides such as the beautiful scenery, outstanding education system, and friendly populace.  

Those who wish to be reunited with their family or spouse in Germany will be able to enjoy the company of their loved ones while also being able to appreciate the high standard of living that is offered in Germany that is hard to find elsewhere.

Applying for a Family Reunion Visa is quite simple and is an option that should definitely be explored by anyone who wants to reunify with their family in Germany. 

Who is Eligible for a German Family Reunion Visa?

Individuals who are looking to obtain a German family reunion visa will need to be a relative of a current resident in Germany. There are other criteria that must be met for the person who is looking to get the visa, but the resident staying in Germany will also need to ensure that they are able to shoulder the financial needs of their relative.

We will shortly go over some of the various forms of visa for family reunification that you can look into when trying to reunite with your family in Germany.

Visa for Parents

Obtaining a visa for your parents is a great way to reunite with them in Germany. Individuals who come from outside the EU have the option of bringing their parents over to live with them and enjoy the many benefits that Germany has to offer.

Minors who are staying legally within Germany can also be reunited with their parents. A parent can apply for a visa that will allow them to join their child in the country and fulfill their duty of taking care of their child in person.

Visa for Children

Children can also come to Germany so that they can reunify with the rest of their families. Minors who have both parents residing in Germany can obtain a visa and reunite with their parents. 

If only one parent is present in the country and they have sole custody of their child then they will also be permitted to bring their child over to be with them once more. If the parent who is not a resident of Germany has the right to sole custody over their child then they will first need to grant the current German resident that right before they are permitted to bring their child into the country.

Requirements include:

  • The child’s original birth certificate
  • Proof of the child’s nationality
  • Proof of right of care and custody (for the parent that is a resident of Germany)

Adult children, on the other hand, are only permitted to come to Germany to join their parent, or parents, in the case that “unavoidable hardship” can be avoided. The child that wishes to come to Germany must also not be married.

Keep in mind that while an adult child may not be eligible for a Family Reunion Visa, they may still be able to apply for the multiple other visas that Germany has on offer, such as a tourist visa, student visa, employment visa, or many others. 

We offer legal consultation for the countless opportunities to live and work in Germany. We look forward to you reaching out to us!

Visa for Spouse

It is difficult being apart from your spouse for an extended period of time. That is why Germany has a Family Reunion Visa available for individuals who wish to bring their spouse into the country to be with them once more. 

Some requirements must be met before a spouse can rejoin a German resident. The resident of Germany must have the following:

  • A settlement permit in the form of an EU long-term residence permit, residence permit, or an EU Blue Card
  • The capability to finance the spouse that wishes to come to Germany
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Know how to speak German 

Additionally, the spouse of the German resident will need to have the following: 

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have at least a basic grasp of the German language

If these requirements are met then you should have no problem bringing your spouse to Germany to be reunited with you.

Visa for Other Relatives (Siblings, Grandparents, etc.)

You can also look into obtaining a visa for other family members such as siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and more. These typically are a bit more difficult to obtain than direct family visas, but they are still a great way to have reunification with your family members in the great country of Germany.

5 Steps for Family Reunion in Germany

Now that you know the types of relatives that are eligible for a Family Reunification Visa, you can take a look at this checklist we have prepared for making your family reunion in Germany a reality. 

Step 1: Review Requirements

Before anything, you will want to take a look at the requirements needed for your visa for family immigration and ensure that everything is in order and ready for processing. You don’t want to run into any surprises down the line, so make sure that you have all of the requirements and documents prepared beforehand to make the process as smooth and simple as possible.

Here are the requirements that you should check before moving forward with the Family Reunion Visa:

  • The German resident has a valid residence permit
  • There is ample living space available for family members that will be coming over to join the German resident in Germany
  • When joining a spouse in Germany ensure that the spouse is at least 18 years of age
  • Spouses of non-EU Blue Cardholders should speak German at at least the A1 level
  • Children over the age of 16 should speak German at the C1 level or higher, if applicable

Bear in mind that some of the requirements you may need can change dude to various government happenings. These are the basic requirements that will be needed, so if you can ensure that these are taken care of you should have no trouble at all in reuniting with your beloved family members.

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment

Once the requirements for the Family Reunion Visa are taken care of you will need to schedule an appointment at the German embassy. Get your documents prepared for this. The documents you will need to have ready include:

  • The visa application
  • Passport
  • Proof of cohabitation
  • German language skills (if applicable)
  • Proof of financial means (if applicable)
  • Wedding certificate (if applicable)

Please remain patient while you wait for your appointment, as it may take a bit of time due to current happenings in the world.

Step 3: Apply for Visa

Once your appointment time rolls around you can move onto applying for the Family Reunion Visa. Make sure to bring all of the documents you will need and be prepared to pay the €75 fee that is required. 

Step 4: Go to Germany

The time has finally come. You or your family member will be able to travel to Germany to be reunited once again! A visa will be issued for the purpose of reunifying with family and all that is left to do is book the flight over to the great country of Germany.

Step 5: Apply for a Residence Permit

Congratulations! Your family has now been reunified within Germany and you can spend your days enjoying one another’s company once more. Keep in mind that you will need to register newly reunited family members at the Einwohnermeldeamt (residents’ registration office) so that they can apply for their residence permit.

An appointment with the foreigner’s authority will need to be set so that a residence permit can be obtained. Documents will need to be prepared and handling fees of up to €100 should be prepared.

A residence permit must be obtained within the first three months that a family member has come to Germany in order to ensure that they can remain in the country legally. Thankfully, this is a fairly easy process that can be taken care of with almost no hassle.

Once this is all taken care of, your newly immigrated family member will be able to enjoy residency within Germany and can apply for work and reap the benefits of living life in Deutschland! 

We offer legal consultation for the countless opportunities to live and work in Germany. We look forward to you reaching out to us!

Let’s Reunite Your Family

Getting a Family Reunion Visa for you or a loved one is of utmost importance if you dream of spending time with family in Germany. While the process is not all too complicated to take care of on your own, getting professionals that are skilled in legal matters and can assist you through the process of attaining a Family Reunion Visa is a wonderful idea.

As with any legal dealings, getting all of the documents and paperwork taken care of the first time around is very important. One mistake can lead to repeating the process all over again which could mean more time spent away from your loved ones.

The best thing to do when looking to bring a family member over to Germany is to get help from professionals who can guide you through the process and help you every step of the way.

If you are looking for professional assistance from lawyers and experts who know exactly what to do to reunite your family together again, then don’t hesitate to contact our immigration experts at GHENDLER RUVINSKIJ Attorneys at Law.

As a professional handler of any and all possible issues that may arise when an individual from a foreign country seeks to immigrate to Germany, we are equipped with the knowledge and know-how that can make the process of attaining a Family Reunion Visa as painless and accessible as possible.

With a mission to deliver you a level of service and legal competence that is unmatched and expected out of a major international law firm, while still aiming to provide you with that personal, thorough, and meticulous touch that the German people are renowned for.