Residents of the following countries/provinces must submit their visa application to the indicated mission:
- GERMAN EMBASSY PRETORIA: Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Lesotho, Swaziland
- GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL CAPE TOWN: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape
OPTIONAL (please check special conditions when applying through the honorary consuls and liaison officer)
We request that you take advantage of our Online Appointment Booking System. Applications must be submitted in person and may not be submitted by courier, regular post, fax or e-mail.
Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application is processed without delay, please submit the following documents (in original and two copies as indicated below). Unfortunately, copies cannot be provided by the German Missions.
Original documents required for:
- Two duly completed Application forms “Application for a Residence Permit“ (please ensure that you sign the form)
- A valid passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least another six months (please ensure that your passport is signed)
- Two recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications
- Two Declarations of True and Complete Information in accordance with §55 Residence Act, signed and dated
Original + two copies required for:
- A written confirmation issued by the competent Registrar's office that all necessary requirements for the marriage to take place have been met; including a time frame/date
- Language Certificate A1 („Start Deutsch 1“) from the Goethe Institute or any other language certificate issued by the 'Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)' (In South Africa the competent authority is the Goethe Institute.)
- Proof of a valid travel insurance up to the date of marriage, if joining the German Statutory/National/Private or family health insurance is not possible until that date
If the future Spouse/Family member is German:
- Copy of his/her passport or ID
- Copy of the rental contract of the fiancé/e living in Germany
- Proof of how the fiancé/e will be/is earning a living in Germany (e.g. employment contract, scholarship or bursary)
Please note that each visa application is reviewed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary. The German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents. The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Applicants may, at any time, be asked for a personal interview. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to attend the mandatory visa interview will result in a refusal of your visa application. Once a visa has been issued, the purpose of the trip may not be altered.
The German Missions require approximately two to three months to process your visa application. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been granted. We kindly ask that no status requests on the visa application be made during the first two months. We will notify the applicant on any change of status or progress of the application as soon as possible and whenever the need arises.
Please appear at the visa section with all required documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and you may be asked to return at another time. Please understand that documents sent prior to application submission by email/fax/post will not be considered.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete upon submission. Each application must be presented with all necessary photocopies for documents that you would like to have returned to you. The visa section will not be responsible for making necessary copies. During the visa processing period no update can be given.
Upon receiving the visa: Please check visa data for possible mistakes as soon as you receive your passport. Pay particular attention to the visa’s validity (start and end dates) with regards to the total duration of your planned stay. Also check the correct spelling of your name, as well as the number of entries you were granted. The visa section must be informed of possible mistakes immediately and cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur as a result of incorrect data or a missing signature in the travel document.