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Family Reunification Visa – Your stories

A detailed experience was shared by a FB member. You can read it here 

Shared by Magdelie  in November 2022

When did you apply for your FRV

 2022-02-16

How many days did you wait before it was approved

 180

Nationality of the person applying for a FRV

 South African passport

The nationality of your spouse whom you will be joining in Germany

 South African passport

Marital Status at the time of application

 Married

Children

 No children involved

Parent to a German Child

 NA

Type of Visa your spouse has for Germany

 Work Visa (not Bluecard)

Did you need an Unabridged marriage certificate

 Yes

Did you need to have your marriage certificate apostilled

 Yes

Proof of language skills

 A minimum of A1 level was required

Are you allowed to work once you are in Germany

 Yes

Tips you would like to share

 As a lot of people moving to Germany can attest, permanent housing is not always very quickly found. In the event that you are moving to a smaller town, ensure that there are not multiple Auslanderbehörde for different regions of the town. This is what caused the delay for my visa, since my husband’s different AirBnB’s fell under 2 different ABH despite the fact that the 2 areas were part of the main city. This resulted in my application being ping-ponged between 2 ABH and the Embassy in SA, which delayed the entire process to a total of 6 months.

Shared by Eric on 03 October 2022

When did you apply for your FRV 2022-08-03
How many days did you wait before it was approved54
Nationality of the person applying for a FRV South African passport
The nationality of your spouse whom you will be joining in Germany South African passport
Marital Status at the time of application Married
Children I am a parent to a German child (see next question)
Parent to a German Child I am a parent to a German child and applied for the “parent to a minor German child” visa – as it is less restrictive and easier to obtain
Type of Visa your spouse have for Germany German passport holder
Did you need an Unabridged marriage certificate Yes
Did you need to have your marriage certificate apostilled Yes
Proof of language skills Language requirement was waived
Are you allowed to work once you are in Germany Yes
Tips you would like to share To start, if your child does not yet have a German passport and you are considering emigrating in future, get it done ASAP. It took us 5 months to get the name declaration done and another 6 weeks for the passport. This lead to me applying for the visa later than expected and we got seperated. They did accept just the name declaration at the appointment as proof of German citizenship, but when it ended up in Germany a few weeks later they required copy of passport as well as our marriage certificate for some reason even though it was reunification to child. In both cases, the ND & Passport application as well as for the visa, had family following up on the German side. At time of application my wife and daughter were still in SA so I put my father-in-law as my sponsor with their address as that’s where we’d be staying while we get things in order.
Shared by Samuel 28 July 2022
When did you apply for your FRV  2022-05-11
How many days did you wait before it was approved 43
Nationality of the person applying for a FRV  South African passport
The nationality of your spouse whom you will be joining in Germany  German passport
Marital Status at the time of application  Married
Children  No children involved
Parent to a German Child  NA
Type of Visa your spouse have for Germany  German passport holder
Did you need to have your marriage certificate apostilled  Yes
Proof of language skills  A minimum of A1 level was required
Are you allowed to work once you are in Germany  Yes
Tips you would like to share 1. Apply to a smaller district if possible. I was told that in the bigger cities, these applications can take many months! 2. After a month or so (they send your application to Germany in hardcopy, so give it time to arrive) try to find the person that is responsible for your application at your local municipality and call and email them frequently (in German helps – I got my wife and mother-in-law to phone). It looks like once they become aware of the application they process it quite quickly.

Shared by Tasneem 29 July 2022

When did you apply for your FRV  2021-09-14
How many days did you wait before it was approved 36
Nationality of the person applying for a FRV  South African passport
The nationality of your spouse whom you will be joining in Germany  Dual SA and DE
Marital Status at the time of application  Married
Children  I am a parent to a German child (see next question)
Parent to a German Child  I am a parent to a German child and applied for the “parent to a minor German child” visa – as it is less restrictive and easier to obtain
Type of Visa your spouse have for Germany  German passport holder
Did you need to have your marriage certificate apostilled  Yes
Proof of language skills  Language requirement was waived
Are you allowed to work once you are in Germany  Yes
Shared by Vaughn 28 July 2022  
When did you apply for your FRV  2019-01-07
How many days did you wait before it was approved 14
Nationality of the person applying for a FRV  South African passport
The nationality of your spouse whom you will be joining in Germany  Dual SA and DE
Marital Status at the time of application  Married
Children I am a parent to a German child (see next question)
Parent to a German Child  I am a parent to a German child but applied for a spousal visa
Type of Visa your spouse have for Germany  German passport holder
Did you need to have your marriage certificate apostilled  No
Proof of language skills  Language requirement was waived
Are you allowed to work once you are in Germany  Yes
Tips you would like to share  All certificates (marriage and birth) had to be unabridged but not apostilled. As I have a German child (dual SA, DE citizenship), the A1 language requirement was waived however I still did the Goethe A1 test and used it in my application. For proof of medical insurance, I obtained 3 months travel insurance and then went on a krankenkasse the first week in Germany. Book your appointment at the Auslanderbehörde as soon as possible once arriving in Germany and try to take someone fluent in German with you. You may have to do a mandatory integration course, it is hard to do as it is 3-4 hours daily for about a year, but it helps you integrate and gets you to B1.

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