Visa for family reunification: Parent to minor German child


If you are a foreign parent and intend to move to a minor German child you can find the requirements below.

Information about the application procedure can be found here.

Checklist of required documents for a visa for a parent who intends to move to a minor German child (print-version) :

11x Application form

Application completed, printed and signed (including Information provided to applicants pursuant to Section 54 (2) 8 in conjunction with Section 53 of the Residence Act)



+ 1x copy of the data page
Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages.
31x Photo
Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)
41x copy of German passport of child

51x copy of proof of residence of child in Germany
Only applicable if child is already residing in Germany

Birth certificate of child

+ 1x copy

German birth certificate

South African unabridged birth certificate with Apostille from DIRCO


If born elsewhere: Birth certificate including names of parents and Apostille/Legalisation

71x checklist
One copy of this checklist has to be signed and submitted with your application.

The German Mission reserves the right to ask for additional documentation at any time during the processing of the application whenever deemed necessary. Presenting the above-mentioned documentation does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been approved and the German Mission requests you to do so.

The processing time can take up to three months. Once the application has been approved by the relevant German authority, the German Mission will issue a visa valid for 3 months. Your subsequent residence permit will be issued by the competent Aliens Authority in Germany. You are required to apply well in advance for it before the expiry of the visa.

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