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) :
|2x 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)
Passport+ 2 copies of the data page
|Valid and signed passport which must have at least two blank pages.|
|2x Photo||Recent passport photographs according to biometric specifications (not stapled)|
|2 copies of German passport of child |
|2 copies of proof of residence of child in Germany||Only applicable if child is already residing in Germany|
Birth certificate of child
Either German birth certificate
South African unabridged birth certificate with Apostille
If born elsewhere: Birth certificate including names of parents and Apostille/Legalisation
|2x checklist||Two copies of this checklist have 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.