Navigating Family Reunification in Germany: A Comprehensive Guide

1 May, 2024


Are you an EU citizen living and working in Germany, eager to reunite with your spouse? Here’s a detailed breakdown of the process and requirements for family reunification.

Spouses Joining EU/EEA Citizens

If your spouse holds citizenship from an EU or EEA country, relocating to Germany is straightforward. They can join you effortlessly, enjoying the same rights to live and work without any additional permits.

Spouses from Third-Countries

For spouses from non-EU/EEA countries, the process involves obtaining a visa for entry into Germany. However, if your spouse already holds a residence permit from another EU state, they can enter Germany without a visa under specific conditions.

Applying for a Visa

To begin the process, your spouse must apply for a visa at the nearest German Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Required documents typically include passports and proof of marriage or civil partnership. It’s advisable to inquire about additional documentation early and submit the application well in advance due to processing times.

Residence Permit and Employment

Upon arrival in Germany, your spouse must register their address at the Residents’ Registration Office and apply for a temporary residence permit. Once granted, they gain immediate authorization to seek employment in Germany.

Joining Registered Civil Partners

Unmarried partners can also benefit from family reunification if their partnership meets specific criteria, akin to marriage or registered civil partnerships recognized in Germany.

Additional Information

  • Citizenship Eligibility: Citizens of certain countries can obtain temporary residence permits upon entering Germany. This includes individuals from Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and several others, facilitating smoother entry into the country.
  • Language Proficiency: While no proof of German language skills is required for family members joining skilled workers, learning German significantly eases integration into German society. Language skills enhance communication, job prospects, and overall comfort in daily life.
  • Parental Reunification: For parents, rules for parental reunification and temporary family visits are available. The option to bring parents or parents-in-law to Germany is available for those whose visa or residence permit for gainful purposes was issued after March 1, 2024. Details on parental reunification can be obtained from German embassies or local foreigners authorities.
  • Children’s Reunion: Children under 18 are entitled to residence permits if their parents reside in Germany. However, special considerations apply to children over 16 and those born in Germany. For children over 16, specific requirements may exist, and those born in Germany are granted residence permits based on parental residence status.

Navigating family reunification in Germany may seem complex, but with the right knowledge and legal support, you can successfully bring your loved ones together in your new home.

Assistance from Jaberi Lawyers

Jaberi Lawyers specialize in immigration law and can provide invaluable assistance throughout the family reunification process. From visa applications to residence permits, their expertise ensures a smooth transition for you and your loved ones. With their guidance, you can navigate the legal intricacies with confidence, focusing on building a thriving family life in Germany