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Family reunification

If you have a residence permit in Germany, your spouse may be granted a residence permit in accordance with Sect. 30 AufenthG or your child may be granted a residence permit in accordance with Sect. 32 or Sect. 33 AufenthG.

The following conditions must be met to obtain this residence status:

  • The spouse to join you must
    • have reached the age of 18 and
    • be able to communicate at least in a simple manner in German (level A1).

  • Furthermore
    • you must have held a limited residence permit for two years that can lead to an unlimited residence permit (Please note: a residence permit as a student according to Sect. 16 AufenthG does not lead to an unlimited residence permit!) or
    • you must be married before your residence permit is issued and your stay in Germany is expected to exceed one year.

If you hold an EU Blue Card or a residence permit as a researcher, simplified immigration requirements apply for family reunification.

  • Children who are joining you must be minors in order to obtain a residence permit.
  • Furthermore, both parents or the parent with sole custody of the children must have a residence permit.

If your minor child is older than 16 years at the time of family reunification and does not join you as parents or as a parent with sole custody in your principal residence in Germany, family reunification can only take place if your child is proficient in the German language or if his/her integration in Germany is guaranteed.

Your adult children can only receive a residence permit for family reunification in accordance with the requirements of Sect. 36 (2) AufenthG in exceptional hardship cases. The same applies to other family members who are not your spouse or children.

Please note:

In the case of residence permits for family reunification, the foreign marriage or birth certificates must be verified. If necessary, they must have additional certifications in the form of a legalisation or apostille. You can check which form is required for your documents by referring to the Hague Apostille Agreement or by visiting the website of the German Embassy in the country where the documents are issued. In some countries (e.g. India) there are no additional certifications. If necessary, a lawyer will check the authenticity of the document. Please clarify this point with the staff of the German embassy when applying for a visa.