Sprungmarken
Suchen & Finden
Dynamische Navigation einblenden Dynamische Navigation ausblenden
Link to our english Homepage
 

Residency for family reasons 

  • Überblick

    Overview

    Children and spouses of foreign nationals living in Germany can obtain a residence permit for family reasons. With this, you may

    - move to Germany and

    - undertake employment to the same extent as is permitted for the family member living in Germany.

    The same applies to the following same-sex partnerships:

    - “registered partnerships” within the meaning of the German Civil partnerships act (Lebenspartnerschaftgesetz).

    - civil partnerships recognised under the laws of another country, which essentially correspond to the German “registered partnership”

    The residency permit is for a limited period of time. It can be extended upon application. Your permit to reside in Germany is based on the length of the residency of your family member already living in Germany.

    A residency permit for family reasons can also be issued to

    - spouses and children of Germans as well as custodial parents of minor, single Germans and

    - other family members in other cases of particular hardship.

    - Residency permit

    - Residency for family reasons (Germans) – apply for residency permit

    - Residency for family reasons (other family members) – apply for residency permit

    Who do I have to contact?

    - Please contact the German overseas representation (embassy/ consulate) for the issue of a visa before travelling to Germany.

    - after entering Germany: the foreigners’ registration office in the district in which you normally reside.
    The foreigners’ registration authorities in Hesse are the district administrators and mayors of independent towns and of municipal towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

    Tip: The Foreign Office has a list on its website of the representations of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad.

    - List of representations of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad.

    Details

    Procedure

    Before entering Germany, you must apply for a national visa in your home country.

    After entering Germany, you must apply for the residency permit in writing to the foreigners’ registration office before your visa expires.

    Since 01.09.2011, residency permits have been issued in the form of a card with additional electronic functions. You will find more information under “Apply for electronic residency document (eAT)”.

    You must apply for an extension of your residency permit with the foreigners’ registration authorities in good time before its expiry.

    The foreigners’ registrations authority is, depending on the location, either the town administration or the district administration.

    Requirements

    Requirements for the issue of the residency permit are:

    - that you fulfil the passport and via obligations.
    For the passport obligation, it is sufficient if you possess ID documents in lieu of a passport.

    - that you can provide for yourself without having to claim social means.
    You are considered able to provide for yourself if your

    - income is in an amount consistent with the simple social assistance rate plus

    - costs for accommodation and heating as well as

    - any health insurance premiums.

    - that there are no grounds for your deportation.

    - that your residency poses no threat nor risk to the interests of the Federal republic of Germany.

    - The member of your family already living in Germany has a

    - permanent residency permit,

    - an EU permanent residency permit or

    - a residency permit and

    - sufficient living space available.

    - Additionally, in the case of accompanying spouses:

    - minimum age of both spouses: 18 years of age

    - basic knowledge of the German language by the accompanying spouse

    - Additionally, in the case of accompanying children age between 16 and 18:

    - entering Germany as a family group with the parents or

    - have German-language skills or can provide evidence of a positive integration prognosis (e.g. based on coming from a German-speaking household or attending a German-language school) or

    - evidence of a particular case of hardship

    You may also be required to fulfil further requirements. These will depend on the status of the family member already living in Germany. Please contact the responsible authorities directly for more information.

    Please note: A residency permit for family reasons will not be issued if the marriage or other familial relationship

    - has been forced or

    - has only been entered into for the purposes of moving to Germany.

    Documents

    - Evidence of the fulfilment of passport and visa obligations

    - Evidence of a secure means of subsistence

    - Evidence that there are no grounds for your deportation.

    - Evidence that your residency poses no threat nor risk to the interests of the Federal republic of Germany.

    - Evidence of the residency permit of the member of your family already living in Germany

    - Evidence of sufficient living space

    - Evidence of familial relationship (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, evidence of a registered partnership)

    - Additionally, in the case of accompanying spouses:

    - Evidence that both spouses are of the minimum age or over

    - Evidence of basic German language skills of the accompanying person

    - Additionally, in the case of accompanying children age between 16 and 18:

    - Evidence of entering Germany as a family group with the parents or

    - Evidence of German language skills or a positive integrations prognosis or

    - Evidence of a particular case of hardship

    Note: Depending on which further requirements you must fulfil, the responsible authorities may require additional documentation.

    Fees

    - Validity of up to one year: €100

    - Validity of more than one year: €110

    - Extensions of up to three months: €65

    - Extensions of more than three months: €80

    Note: The fee may be waived in exceptional circumstances only.

    Legal foundations

    - Section 5 Residence act (AufenthG) (General preconditions of issue)

    - Section 27 Residence act (AufenthG) (General principles for accompanying family)

    - Section 29 Residence act (AufenthG) (Accompanying family to foreign nationals)

    - Section 30 Residence act (AufenthG) (Accompanying spouse)

    - Section 31 Residence act (AufenthG) (Independent right of residency for spouses)

    - Section 32 Residence act (AufenthG) (Accompanying children)

    - Section 33 Residence act (AufenthG) (Birth of a child in Germany)

    - Section 35 Residence act (AufenthG) (Independent, unlimited right of residency of the children)

    - Section 3 Freedom of movement act/EU (FreizügG/EU) (Family members)

    Notes

    Young foreign nationals who

    - have grown up in Germany or

    - move to Germany to accompany a family member

    can obtain a permanent residency permit under simplified requirements.

    The accompaniment of family members by citizens of EU/EEA states is regulated in accordance with the EU Freedom of movement act. This means:

    - Family members of EU/EEA states who are themselves EU/EEA citizens are free to enter Germany and seek employment.

    - Family members of EU/EEA states who are not EU/EEA citizens themselves also have the right to enter and reside in Germany.

    Processing time

     4 – 6 weeks

  • Kontakt

Durch die Nutzung dieser Website erklären Sie sich damit einverstanden, dass diese Seite Cookies verwendet.