§28 Abs. 1 AufenthG – Family reunification with German citizens 


Family reunification with German citizens is only possible for the nuclear family (parents in the case of minors, children and spouses).

Before first entry and first stay for the purpose of family reunification or marriage, family members must apply for a visa at the German embassy in their home country. The German missions abroad are also the responsible contact persons for questions regarding the first application for family reunification. Please note that entry and residence for the purpose of family reunification without the appropriate visa or false information in the visa procedure about the purpose of residence will prevent the subsequent issuance of a residence permit, §§ 6 para. 3, 5 para. 2 AufenthG.

Main requirements:

  • German spouse, custody of a German child or German parent
  • German language skills A1 (in the case of spouses)

Disclaimer of the Foreigners' Registration Office Potsdam

The information on this website is merely intended as a guideline. There is no guarantee for the completeness and correctness concerning the information provided on this website. The completeness of the stated documents does not mean that the residence permit will be issued. Each case must be assessed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary.