From the preparations to the application forms: This step-by-step guide shows you how to obtain a visa for family reunification
Citizens of countries which are not member states of the European Union or the EEA can bring their dependants with them to Germany. Which regulations apply depends on the nationality of the dependants you want to join you.
If your spouse is a citizen of a member state of the EU or the EEA
Even if you are a third-country national, if your spouse is a citizen of a member state of the EU or EEA, they are entitled to freedom of movement and can therefore live and work in Germany without restrictions. All they need to enter the country is a national identity card.
If your spouse is a citizen of a non-EU country
Even if your partner is a national of a non-EU country, you can look forward to living together in Germany. For your spouse to be able to join you, the following requirements are to be met:
- Right of residence: As an employee, you have a residence permit, a settlement permit, or an EU Blue Card for Germany.
- Accommodation: You have rented or bought accommodation in Germany which is large enough for your family. You can find tips on finding accommodation in our section on living in Germany.
- Health insurance and money: You have sufficient health insurance cover and funds to be able to care for your family. If you are a citizen of another EU country with an EU Blue Card and would like to live in Germany long-term with your family members, you only need to provide proof of health insurance cover for you and your family.
- Legal age: Your spouse is of legal age, i.e. at least 18 years old.
Your family will probably feel most at home in Germany if they all speak a little German. We explain how this can be achieved in our section on learning German.