Family Re-union Visa
First-time applicants should apply for the visa in person at least 3 months prior to departure. Please note the visa processing may take 6 - 12 weeks as all the applications have to be referred to the local German authorities. Simultaneous applications for short term visas and long term visas cannot be entertained.
Please Note short term visas cannot be converted into residence permits after arrival in Germany.
- Application form
- 3 photographs
- Demand Draft for visa fees
- Copy of Spouse's/family member's residence permit
- Copy of the valid employment contract of the spouse living in Germany, if applicable
- Proof of relationship with the spouse/family member
- Invitation letter from the spouse/family member
- Spouse's/family member's proof of income and accomodation
- Proof of knowledge of German Language
Please Note Applicants are requested to prepare 2 sets of the above mentioned documents along with their photocopies. Additional documents may have to be presented, if required. Please find further details and downloads below.
Application Form for a Family Re-union Visa
Please find below the link to the online Application Form for a family re-union Visa. Applicants are requested to fill in the required details. The form then needs to be saved and printed and finally signed by the applicant to be submitted along with the other required documents.
Long Term Visa Application Form [pdf, 85.95k]
Passport and Photograph
The Visa section of the German Consulate General can only issue visas to applicants holding a valid passport. The applicants have to present a passport fulfilling the following criteria:
- The passport should have been issued (and not extended) in the last 10 years.
- The passport should contain atleast 2 blank pages.
-The passport should have a minimum validity of 12 months beyond the date of return from the Schengen territory.
Please note: Passports containing illegible data will not be accepted.
The photograph must be 35 mm X 45 mm in size with the face covering about three quarters of the area of the photograph. The background of the photograph should be light in color.
Photographs - Do's & Dont's [pdf, 1,350.34k]
The visa fees are subject to change.
Applicants have to pay the visa fees by demand draft. The Demand Draft must be in the name of the "Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai", payable in Mumbai and must not be older than two months.
Please Note the visa fees will not be reimbursed in case of the visa being rejected. Visa fees will be waived off for spouses and children of EU-Nationals.
To download the Demand Draft Form and to know the amount of the visa fee, click on:
Copy of Spouse's/family member's residence permit
Applicants are required to submit a copy of the residence permit of the Spouse or the family member currently residing in Germany or a copy of the passport, if the spouse or the family member is a EU-National.
Proof of relationship with the spouse/family member
Applicants have to submit a proof (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate) of his/her relationship with the spouse or the family member residing in Germany. Kindly bring also along your marriage album.
Please note Indian marriage certificates and birth certificates are no longer legalized by the German Consulate General. It may therefore be necessary to conduct a verification process in certain cases. For this purpose , the applicant would have to pay a certain amount by demand draft (payable in Mumbai only) in favour of the 'Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai'. The amount payable for the verification process depends on the complexity of the case and can vary between INR 10,000 to INR 50,000. The investigation can begin only after the payment has been received. The verification process takes about 8 to 12 weeks.
Invitation letter from the spouse/family member
Applicants have to submit an invitation letter from the spouse or the family member residing in Germany clearly stating the complete residential address in Germany including the postal code and the purpose of the visit.
Spouse's/family member's proof of income and accomodation
Applicants have to submit a proof of the spouse's or family member's employment and income in Germany along with the complete residential address in Germany including the postal code.
Copy of the valid employment contract of the spouse living in Germany, if applicable
Please note This information is not required for spouses of EU-Nationals.
Proof of knowledge of the German Language
Applicant's are required to submit the original and A4 sized copies of proof of knowledge of the German language.
Proof of sufficient knowledge of German language through a certificate which was recently issued by the
Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan). The Consulate recognizes certificates from all German language schools which follow the standardized
language test of the “Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)”. These language schools have to ensure that their language tests are undertaken by the schools' own teachers and that they employ native German teachers. Please note that at present in India only the Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) fulfils these ALTE-requirements.
Furthermore are applicants requested to carry their qualification certificates along with them.
Please click on the link below for more information.
Proof of knowledge of the German language [pdf, 88.2k]