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Family reunion with a spouse (German or Non-EU National)

Australian citizens should apply for a family reunion visa / residence permit after entering Germany at the local immigration authority. This also applies to citizens of Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Korea and the United States of America. Only in exceptional circumstances citizens of these countries mentioned should apply at the German Consulate General in Sydney (see below) before entering Germany. Citizens of other countries have to apply and obtain the visa prior to entry. 

Processing of the visa application in Australia can take several months, depending on approval from German authorities. Please note that 'De facto' partnerships are not recognised under the family reunion category!

Where can I apply?

  • All visa applications in Australia must be lodged in person. Your fingerprints will be electronically scanned as part of the application process.
  • Applicants who are residents of any states and territories of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu or Nauru need to make an appointment and submit their application at the Consulate General in Sydney.

Which documents do I have to submit with my visa application?

(Please provide 2 copies per document)

  • 2 completed Application form long-term visa
  • 2 recent passport photographs (35 x 45 mm)
  • your national passport (validity of which has to exceed your stay by at least three months) - original plus 2 copies
  • your marriage certificate - original plus 2 copies
  • passport of your spouse (if applicable: including his/her German residence permit) - original or certified copy plus 2 copies
  • proof of basic German language skills (original plus 2 copies) - e.g. standard language test 'Deutsch 1' of the Goethe Institut.
    There are some exemptions for proof of basic German language skills. For more information see the Flyer from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
  • evidence of health insurance valid in Germany with validity until a German health insurance covers you (if applicable) -  including details about coverage (at least € 30,000 and including repatriation costs) - 2 copies
  • prepaid registered mail envelope with your address (if you request return by mail)
  • visa fee: € 75 by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or equivalent in cash (AU$) (visa applications for spouses of German and other EU citizens are free of charge)

Please note that all documents others than in German or English must be translated into German language.

We can process only complete applications; if you hand in your application with one or several documents listed above missing, you will have to come again for a new appointment.

What else should I know?

  • If your children are going to accompany you, you must submit 2 complete sets of applications for each child. Please provide the childrens' original birth certificate plus two copies.
  • Upon your arrival the border authorities may examine whether the requirements for your entry continue to be valid. Entry may be refused by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa. We advise you to carry with you documents giving evidence to the purpose of your stay.
  • Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance with your application. Please inform the visa section immediately if there are any mistakes

Family reunion to a child

Which documents do I have to submit with my visa application?

  • 2 completed Application form long-term visa
  • 2 recent passport photographs (35 x 45 mm)
  • your national passport (validity of which has to exceed your stay by at least three months) - original plus 2 copies
  • child’s birth certificate original plus 2 copies
  • child’s passport, certified copie plus 2 copies
  • evidence of child’s registration (Meldebescheinigung)
  • Marriage certificate of parents or if applicable certificate of recognition of paternity, Adoption decree etc. original plus 2 copies
  • evidence of health insurance valid in Germany with validity until a German health insurance covers you (if applicable) -  including details about coverage (at least € 30,000 and including repatriation costs) - 2 copies
  • prepaid registered mail envelope with your address (if you request return by mail)

Family reunion to an EU-National

Which documents do I have to submit with my visa application?

  • 2 completed Application form long-term visa
  • 2 recent passport photographs (35 x 45 mm)
  • your national passport (validity of which has to exceed your stay by at least three months) - original plus 2 copies
  • your marriage certificate - original plus 2 copies
  • passport of your spouse (if applicable: including his/her German residence permit) - original or certified copy plus 2 copies
  • evidence of registration of your spouse (Meldebescheinigung)
  • prepaid registered mail envelope with your address (if you request return by mail)

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