A family member is already living and working in Germany. Under what conditions can other family members join them?

First of all, the decisive factor is country of origin. Please find an overview of the information here.

In principle, EU nationals as well as nationals from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can travel to and work in Germany without restriction due to freedom of movement.

Third-country family members require a residence permit for the purposes of family reunification and must therefore apply for a visa in the country of origin.

Conditions for family reunification:

  • The host person must have a valid residence permit (residence permit, EU Blue Card, permanent EU residence permit, settlement permit)
  • The host person must be able to ensure and/or demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence for himself and his family members
  • The person(s) following must demonstrate a basic grasp of German before arrival (exceptions may be possible)
  • As a rule, following spouses or life partners must be at least 18 years of age

The following partner shall automatically gain the right to pursue gainful employment through acquiring a residence title for family reunification. He or she may also work without restriction in Germany.

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