Visa for family reunification: Child to foreign parent


In case a foreign child intends to move to a foreign parent living permanently in Germany you can find the requirements below.

Information about the application procedure can be found here.

Checklist of required documents for a visa for a child who intends to move to a foreign parent in Germany (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)

Birth certificate

+ 1 copy
Original unabridged birth certificate with Apostille (from DIRCO if birth in SA)

Marriage certificate of parents

+ 1x copy
If applicable: Original unabridged marriage certificate with Apostille (From DIRCO if marriage was in SA)
61x copy each of parents’ passports

71x copy of parents’ valid residence title
If parent(s) already reside in Germany
81x copy of proof of accommodation in Germany
e.g. rental contract (including information about the size of the apartment/house)
9Proof of Employ-ment of parent(s) in Germany

10Proof of German knowledge
At level C1 (Only if child is 16 or older and does not move to Germany together with parents)

Proof of health insurance

+ 1x copy
Regular travel health insurance as per Schengen requirements, valid for 90 days – or proof of German health insurance coverage
to be submitted only at the time of visa issuance, if application has been decided favorably
121x checklist
One copy of this checklist has to be signed and submitted with your application.
13Visa Fee

37,50 Euro

The amount can either be paid by credit card in Euro or the equivalent in ZAR depending on the exchange rate in cash.

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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