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Spouses joining EU citizens

You can look forward to spending your time in Germany with your partner and children. Although there are some conditions attached to family reunification, as an international skilled worker, you are sure to fulfil them.

Are you an EU citizen living and working in Germany and would like to bring your spouse to Germany? As an EU citizen, you are entitled to freedom of movement, and your spouse and children can live and work in Germany. Whether your family members need a special temporary residence permit depends on their nationality.

Spouses who are EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area) citizens

If your spouse is an EU or EEA national, they can join you in Germany very simply and live and work here without restrictions. You do not need to apply for any special residence permit.

Spouses who are third-country nationals

If you are a citizen of a member state of the EU or EEA but your spouse is not, they must apply for a visa for spouses joining their partners. If your spouse holds a residence permit for another EU state, they do not need a visa to enter Germany (Section 2 (4) of the freedom of movement Act/EU [FreizügG/EU]).

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Citizens of Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States of America can obtain a temporary residence permit after entering the country.

How your spouse can join you in Germany

If your spouse requires a visa to enter Germany they must apply for it at the German Embassy or a German Consulate in their country. Our world map lists the contact details of all German embassies and consulates.

To apply for a visa for your spouse to join you, you will generally need to provide your passport and a wedding certificate or proof of a registered or civil partnership. Ask the German Embassy responsible what other documents need to be submitted.

Since processing your application may take some time, we recommend you to find out what documentation necessary for the application well in advance and submit your application in good time. Spouses arriving in Germany must register their new address at the Einwohnermeldeamt (residents' registration office) and then apply in person for a temporary residence permit for spouses joining their partners. Once a residence permit has been granted, your spouse is immediately entitled to take up any kind of employment in Germany.

Information on the internet

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Read more about family reunification for German nationals (German)
 

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Important information about family reunification (German, English)

A leaflet in different languages about the basic level of German required for family reunification (i. a. German, English)

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