What are the requirements for a German Spouse Visa?
Before you call the German Embassy at Manila to have an interview schedule/appointment, PLEASE MAKE SURE that you already have all the requirements at hand/in your possession because you really have to submit these requirements personally.
The list of German Visa Requirements I listed here were based on my experience:
- I applied for a Family reunion and marriage visa (German Spouse Visa)
- I am already married to my German spouse in the Philippines.
- I was in the Philippines.
- My spouse is already back in Germany.
- I have at hand all the requirements.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION OF A GERMAN RESIDENCE PERMIT
- 3 application forms duly filled in (can be obtained at the reception area of the Embassy or downloaded from their website)
- 4 pictures (please click here for photo requirements specifications). Three (3) of these pictures must each be glued to the application forms, the fourth must be attached with a paper clip to the passport (please do not staple). The applicant must write his or her complete name and date of birth on the back of the picture.
- Valid passport
- Visa fee 60,- € payable in Philippine Pesos (cash) at the current exchange rate
- Security questionnaire (‘Sicherheitsbelehrung’) answered completely and signed
FOR FAMILY REUNION TO SPOUSE (also for applicants with previous residence permits)
- NSO Birth Certificate of applicant
- NSO Marriage Certificate
- NSO certificate regarding the appearance of your name in the ‘National Indices of Marriages’ (CEMAR=Advisory Marriages); this must not be older than six (6) months from the date of issuance
- Proof of basic knowledge of German language (Certificate of language examination “Start Deutsch 1” of Institute)
- Copy of the federal identity card (front- and back page) OR registration card of the spouse in Germany
For updates, please visit the official site of the German Embassy of the Philippines at www.manila.diplo.de or directly access the Requirements listed above for Spouse Visa or Fiance Visa here.
Please always check the official site of the German Embassy of the Philippines for the list of visa requirements as it will always change from time to time. In my experience, I was very surprised and worried when the embassy suddenly requires for a Proof of basic knowledge of German language.
Fortunately, I have a university degree and I don't need the basic German requirement. Unfortunately as I am already here in Germany, I am still required to have a basic knowledge of German language. Either way you are still required to take a Basic German Language Course. Whether you are one of the exceptions or not, keep in mind that your are going or will be living in Germany. Therefore you need to learn, understand and speak their language.
The German Language Course last for 6 months. Until now I am still going to school everyday and will be finished this December 2008. Hopefully I could pass the examination and get a Basic German Language Certificate. ^_^
- Marriage Requirements in the Philippines
- DFA Red Ribbon
- CFO-SMEF-COW Seminar
- German Spouse Visa Requirements
- Basic German Language Visa Requirement, Required or Not?
- Interview at the German Embassy in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
- After Arrival - Registration as a Resident at your local Town Hall/City Hall in Germany