Family reunion visa checklist - Spouses

26.03.2024 - Article

All documents must be submitted in the original and with two sets of photocopies.

The originals will be returned after completion of the procedure.

⬜ Two fully completed application forms

Declaration pursuant to § 54 (2) no. 8 in conjunction with. § 53 of the Residence Act, completed and signed by hand

⬜ Two recent biometric passport photos (size 35 x 45mm) in front of a light background

⬜ A valid and signed passport (with at least six months of validity remaining, issued within the last 10 years and at least two blank pages).

⬜ Other valid and already expired passports

⬜ NPC birth certificate (if born after 13th December 1992) / certified copy of the local birth register OR affidavit (“declaration of age” deposed to by one of the parents or the head of the family, if both parents are late)

⬜ For non-Nigerian nationals: Nigerian residence permit

⬜ Copies of the data page of the passport of the spouse living in Germany + two copies of the Nigerian entry visa and associated entry and exit stamps, if applicable.

⬜ In the case of spouses without German nationality: copies of the German residence title.

⬜ Two biometric passport photos of the spouse living in Germany

⬜ Marriage certificate

⬜ Marriage certificates and divorce decrees of any previous marriages

⬜ Marriage certificates and divorce decrees of any previous marriages of the spouse

Affidavit* from a parent or the head of the family on the applicant's marital status (“Declaration of Spinsterhood/Bachelorhood”).

⬜ All school certificates

⬜ If applicable, university certificates

⬜ If applicable, baptismal certificate and other biographically older documents (voter's card, library card, vaccination certificate etc.)

⬜ Fully completed questionnaire for verification of documents

⬜ If available: Photos of the wedding ceremony and other old family photos

⬜ Proof of birth for any existing children who are not to move to Germany, as well as the address and telephone number of the other parent

Proof that the applicant can communicate in German in a simple manner (A1 certificate). Certificate not older than one year at the time the visa is issued - can thus be submitted later during the visa processing

Up-to-date proof of residence of the spouse living in Germany (Meldebescheinigung)

⬜ A prepaid courier envelope from one of the courier companies represented.

*If necessary, with illiteracy endorsement.

Additional documents may be required depending on the individual case. All costs associated with obtaining the necessary documents are to be borne by the applicant.

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