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Checklist for Family Reunion Visa (from Minor)

21.04.2021 - Article

Family reunion of a minor to his custodian parents (or sole-custodian parent) in Germany (June 2018)
Before filling out the application form and booking the appointment for applying for the visa, please prepare all of the following documentation completely and carefully:

o  Valid passport (issued within the last 10 years, signed personally, with at least 2 blank pages);
o  Completely filled out and signed application form, 2 copies;
o  Copy of the data page of your passport, 2 copies;
o  Motivation letter, 2 copies;
o  Birth Certificate, in original plus 2 copies;
o  Copy of passport of the German parent, 2 copies;
- in case of non-German parents: two copies of passport and residence permit from Germany;
- in case of divorced parents: proof of sole custody (legalized)
3 current, identical and biometric passport pictures (not older than 3 months); 
o  Taiwanese ID Card or (for non-Taiwanese) ARC/APRC, plus 2 copies; 

 On request, shortly before the visa is issued:
-     intended date of entry
-     Proof of travel health-insurance coverage for Germany

For applications of minors, it is necessary that both custodial parents and the minor appear to their appointment in Person!
Please prepare two complete sets of the above mentioned documentation and also bring the originals. Please do NOT staple any documents!
In case documents cannot be presented in English or German, a relevant translation has to be enclosed.

Please note that the German Institute reserves the right to request additional documentation in individual cases.

Your application will be sent off to the relevant authorities in Germany for processing. The processing takes about 8-10 weeks. The processing time is depending on the individual case. The German Institute is not in the position to influence or speed up the processing time in any way. Only complete application can be processed. We reserve the right to reject incomplete applications. We kindly ask to not contact us for any status updates during the processing time and thank for understanding that inquiries of these kinds cannot be answered. As soon as the authorities in Germany finished processing the application, we will immediately get in contact with you via email.


The submission of the above mentioned documentation does not guarantee the issuance of a visa!

The visa-fee is 75,- € payable in the equivalent in Taiwan Dollar in cash or via credit card. After handing over the application, no fees can be refunded.

Family members of Germans or EU citizens are exempted from paying visa fee!

Important notice: After entering Germany with your visa, you have to register at the local town hall and book an appointment at your local alien’s authority!

Disclaimer: Although the information in this check list has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein. The applicable laws and regulations may change at any time.


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