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Family Reunification Visa

(Nachzug von Familienangehörigen Visum)

Have you relocated to Berlin and wish to bring your family along? our guide to the Family Reunification Visa has got you covered! This guide walks you through the simple steps to unite with your loved ones. Get ready to start a new journey with your family by your side!

Step 1: Eligibility Check

Confirm your eligibility for the Family Reunification Visa. Typically, this visa applies to immediate family members of a different visa holders, residents or citizens in Germany, such as spouses, children, parents, and sometimes other dependent relatives.

 

Step 2: Resident’s Eligibility

The resident or citizen in Germany must meet specific requirements, such as holding a valid residence permit, stable income, and adequate housing.

 

Step 3: Gather Required Documents

Collect the necessary documents to support your visa application:

  • Visa Application Form: Complete the national visa application form (we can help with that).
  • Passport: Ensure your passport remains valid for at least three months beyond your intended stay.
  • Passport Photos: Provide recent passport-sized photos as per guidelines.
  • Proof of Family Relationship: Present official documents proving the relationship with the resident in Germany (marriage certificate, birth certificates, etc.).
  • Resident’s Proof of Status: Offer evidence of the resident’s legal residence status in Germany.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Show appropriate housing arrangements for the arriving family member (Anmeldung).
  • Health Insurance: Obtain comprehensive health coverage for the arriving family member. We recommend this one. It is accepted by the Ausländerbehörde.
  • Language Proficiency: Depending on the case, provide evidence of language skills.
  • Financial Proof: Demonstrate financial capability to support the family member.

 

 

Step 4: Schedule a Visa Appointment

Contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country to schedule a visa appointment.It is also possible to submit the application at the Foreigners Office (Ausländerbehörde) in Berlin. Plan ahead as appointments can be in high demand.

 

 

Step 5: Attend the Visa Interview

Attend the visa interview on the designated date. Be prepared to discuss your relationship, living arrangements, and provide supporting documents.

 

Step 6: Submit Your Application

Submit your completed visa application form and all required documents during the visa appointment.

 

Step 7: Pay the Visa Fee

Pay the visa application fee, which varies based on the nationality and age of the applicant.

 

Step 8: Wait for Processing

Allow time for the visa application to be processed. Processing times can vary, so apply well in advance.

 

Step 9: Receive Your Visa

If approved, you’ll receive the Family Reunification Visa stamped in your passport.

 

Step 10: Arrive in Germany

Arrive in Germany before your studies starts. Once in Germany, you’ll need to register your address (Anmeldung) at the local registration office (Bürgeramt).

 

Important Tips:

  • Accurate Documentation: Ensure all documents are accurate and complete to avoid delays.
  • Understand Conditions: Familiarize yourself with the conditions and regulations of the family reunification visa.
  • Plan Ahead: Initiate the process in advance to accommodate visa processing times and travel arrangements.

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