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Family reunion visa for children to join one or both parents in Germany

28.06.2022 - Article

Please make sure that you present all the documents applicable as per the checklist when taking your appointment at VFS Global/ the competent German Mission. Failure to do so may result in our inability to process your application and you having to book a new appointment.

  • Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least another year as of date of visa application; passports with observations regarding name, date of birth, place of birth and sex cannot be accepted); passport must have at least two empty pages
  • Application form, declaration form and contact information form duly filled & signed
  • Personal covering letter from the parents explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay
  • Copy of the first and last page and all pages containing entry stamps/visas of your passport (A4 size copy)
  • Copy of the first and last page and all pages containing entry stamps/visas of parents’ passport (A4 size copy)
  • Certificate of residence (“Meldebescheinigung”) of the parent(s) living in Germany, not older than 6 months
  • Copy of parents’ residence permit (“Aufenthaltstitel”), if applicable
  • School certificate mentioning parentage and date of birth, if applicable
  • Proof of marriage of parents: a) if the marriage was performed according to the Hindu Marriage Act:
    - Marriage registration certificate
    - Temple or Gurudwara or Priest certificate
    - Conversion certificate, if applicable
    - Several photographs showing that the essential rites have been performed (i.a. Pheras, Saptapadi/ Anand Karaj)

    b) if the marriage was performed according to Sharia Law:
    - Marriage registration certificate
    - Nikahnama
    - Conversion certificate, if applicable
    - Several photographs (i.e. bridal couple signing the Nikahnama, Qazi, witnesses)

    c) if the marriage was performed according to Special Marriage Act (“Court Marriage”, “Civil Marriage”)
    - Certificate of Marriage according to Section 13 Special Marriage Act
    - Photographs of marriage or function

    d) if the marriage was performed according to the Christian Marriage Act:
    - Marriage registration certificate, if Compulsory Registration Marriage Act is in force
    - Marriage certificate issued by licensed Church
    - Conversion certificate, if applicable
    - Photographs of marriage or function

    e) if the marriage did not take place in India or in Germany : marriage certificate with apostille/ legalization, if applicable
  • Birth certificate issued under the “Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1969”
  • Divorce judgment and decree of parents, if applicable
  • Death certificate of parent, if applicable
  • Only in case of family reunion with a non-German parent in Germany: If the other parent continues to reside permanently in India, parent in Germany needs to prove sole custody (e.g. custody order in divorce decree, custody decree) OR declaration of consent needs to be signed by parent remaining in India in person at the German Mission.
  • Proof of German knowledge (C1 level)
    For minors aged 16 and above, if they apply for a family reunion with a non-German / non-EU national
  • 2 passport pictures according to biometric specifications, not older than 6 months
  • Visa fee

Please prepare two identical application sets consisting of copies of the above-mentioned documents and bring all your original certificates along. Please DO NOT staple any documents.

Minors have to be accompanied by their legal guardian or third person duly authorized by the legal guardian by presenting a written authorization attested by a German notary public together with a valid photo-ID or by submitting the declaration of consent.

In case a document is not set up in German or English, it has to be submitted together with a notary attested English translation.

Please note that the German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents or to initiate a further investigation of certificates, for which additional fees would be charged. Click here to find out about the charges for the verification.

As the application will also be forwarded to the competent immigration authorities in Germany, processing will take at least three months. Please be informed that regular status enquiries during the first three months after submission of your application will not be answered.

Please ensure that you have family health cover through your parent. Until health cover has been established you might want to take a travel health insurance (Kindly click here to know more about the travel health insurances accepted).

Submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to appear for a visa interview will delay your application and may result in the rejection of your application.
For further information please refer to https://india.diplo.de/in-en/service/-/2288440

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