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You intend to join your spouse / family in Germany ?
For this purpose you require a “visa for family reunion”.

Current waiting time for visa appointment: 10 months

Documents to be submitted for family reunion visa


Required documents:

Additional instructions:

Please note that all copies of your documents have to be
- In DIN A4 size
- Complete and readable
- Not stapled

Please provide three sets of A4 size photocopies.



You have to arrange each set of documents according to the order in which they are mentioned below.

1

Application form of the applicant with biometric passport photo

Completely and truly filled out by typewriter or computer

- Signed by the applicant (for minors under 18 years signed by the parent or guardian)

- Minimum age for applications as a spouse is 18 years

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Biometric passport photo:

- of applicant and spouse / family member in Germany

- not older than 3 months with white background

- No computer print-outs accepted


- applicant’s photo stapled on the first page of the application form at the intended spot; spouse’s photo stapled below
Photos_Samples

2

Application form of children with biometric passport photo (if applicable)

Completely and truly filled out by typewriter or computer

- Of each child applying

- Signed by the applicant (for minors under 18 years signed by the parent or guardian)

- Minimum age for applications as a spouse is 18 years

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Biometric passport photo:

- not older than 3 months with white background

- No computer print-outs accepted


- child’s photo stapled on the first page of the application form at the intended spot

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3

Certificate of residency in Germany (“Melde-bescheinigung”) of your spouse/family member

- Issued not more than 6 months ago

4

Copy of spouse`s / family member`s residence permit or copy of of spouse`s / family member`s German / EU passport.

- E.g., “Aufenthaltserlaubnis” or “Niederlassungserlaubnis”

5

Copies of applicant’s valid and previous passports

- Copies of pages 1-3

- Copies of all pages with stamps and visa

6

Copies of applicant’s valid ID card (CNIC)

7

Copies of applicant’s children’s valid and previous passports (if applicable)

- Copies of pages 1-3

- Copies of all pages with stamps and visa

8

Copies of spouse’s / family member’s valid and previous passports

- Copies of pages 1-3

- Copies of all pages with stamps and visa

9

Original NADRA computerized birth certificate

- Of all applicants and spouse/family

member in Germany

- In Urdu with English translation

- in order:

1) applicant

2) children (if applicable)

3) spouse / family member

10

Family Registration Certificate (FRC)

 - with parents and siblings

& if applicable:

- with spouse and children

- Highlighting the family tree structure of the applicant

- With an English or German translation

11

Original Nikah Nama

- In Urdu with English or German translation

12

Original NADRA computerized marriage certificate

- In English

13

Proof of previous marriage (if applicable) for both spouses

- Original NADRA divorce certificate

- Original NADRA death certificate

- Originals in Urdu with English or German translations

14

BAMF deed, if applicable

- Positive notice regarding award of refugee status issued by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF)

15

Court order for legal guardianship including permission to take the child abroad (if applicable)

- In Urdu with English or German translation

16

Proof of sufficient basic knowledge of  German language (A1 language Certificate)

Proof not required for:

- applicants whose spouse is an acknowledged asylum seeker or refugee according to the Geneva Convention for Refugees if the marriage already existed at the time when he or she established their main ordinary residence outside Pakistan

- applicants whose spouse is a Blue Card holder

- applicants who apply for family reunion with their spouse who is a citizen of an EU member state

- applicants who apply for family reunion with their German child

Proof of your language abilities according to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).

- In Pakistan, such exams can only be taken at the Goethe-Institut (GI). However, you are free to decide how and where to prepare for these exams.

- The A1 language certificate of the Goethe-Institute is sufficient.

- The A1 language certificate must not be older than a year.


17

Applicants_Declaration

- of each applicant

18

Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)

 

19

Appointment confirmation e-mail (only embassy Islamabad)

- including the provided booking code

20

Visa fees

- 75 Euro (adults)

- 37,50 Euro (between 0 and 17 years)

- If you intend to join a German or EU national, no visa fee will be charged

21

Document verification fee of 40,000 Rs

- your Pakistani certificates and other documents need to be verified

- the verification takes around 4 months      

- payable in 5,000 Rs. Bills only


You also have to provide all original documents (including all of your passports). They will be returned to you on the same day (except the passport you intend to travel on which stays with the Embassy during the processing time of your visa application).

Some cases may require additional processing or review, and you might be contacted by the Embassy to submit additional documents at any time.

In order to apply for a visa to get married in Germany and subsequent permanent settlement you have to submit all the documents mentioned above (including the A1 language certificate). Instead of the marriage certificate the following documents have to be handed in:

- Registration for marriage issued by the German registry office (Standesamt)

- Affidavit of support / formal obligation letter issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany

If you intend to marry in Germany please bear in mind that it takes at least 10 months after registration on the appointment waiting list to get an appointment. Please register for your appointment early so your registration for marriage doesn't lose it's validity.


You can find a print-out version of this page under the following link: Family reunion - leaflet


Important information for family members of recognized refugees in Germany:

Registration to apply for a long-term visa for family reunion or marriage is not a timely notification in accordance with Section 29 (2) 1 of the Residence Act!

To benefit from a simplified visa process, the timely notification must be submitted by you or your family member in Germany within 3 months after recognition as a refugee. There are three options:

1)      You can take the initial step of submitting a timely notification via www.fap.diplo.de Follow the instructions and submit the timely notification document with your visa application.

2)      Your family member in Germany can submit a timely notification at the competent Aliens Authority in Germany.

3)      You or your lawyer can submit a timely notification by sending a letter to the competent mission abroad. Please provide the following information:

-          family name, given name, date of birth  and passport number of the applicants

-          purpose of your trip

-          family name, given name, date of birth  and residence permit of your family member in Germany


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