Requirements for Family Reunion Visa

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In addition to the general requirements listed below, the originals as well as 2 photocopies of the following documents (items 2-3) must be provided. All Khmer documents must be presented with a translation into German. Further documents might be requested in individual cases:

1.

Two completed application forms and 3 recent biometric passport photographs

2.

Your passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months. Other than Cambodian passport holders, please provide your Cambodian stay permit

3.

Family Reunion Visa
Please note that Cambodian birth certificates and documents on your civil status are no longer legalised by this Embassy. It might therefore be necessary to conduct a verification process when you apply for a family reunion visa. You will need to submit the following:

  • your birth and marriage certificate in the original plus certified translation plus 2 copies each

  • if applicable your marriage certificates and divorce decrees from previous marriages plus certified translation in the original plus 2 copies each

  • complete names, address and contact details of five reference persons in Cambodia

All original documents will be returned to you as soon as the verification process is completed. The costs of the verification amount to approximately 100,- EUR per document. All costs have to be borne by the applicant. All payments are to be made in cash in USD at the Embassy.

3.1 If you wish to join your spouse presently residing in Germany, please provide your birth certificate, family book,

marriage certificate, a copy of your spouse’s German passport /German residence permit and proof of your spouse's visits in Cambodia and means of subsistence.

3.2 Marriage Visa

If you wish to get married in Germany, please provide a letter of the German registrar's office about the registration of your intended marriage, an invitation of your fiancé/-e stating the address where you want to reside together, a copy of your fiancé/e’s German residence permit/German passport and proof of means of subsistence.

Proof of Knowledge of the German Language (applicable to 3.1 and 3.2)
Please note that in accordance with the reform of the Residence Act as of 28 August 2007 foreign spouses/partners wishing to move to Germany must provide evidence of a basic command of German when they apply for their visa. The reason for this is that from the outset they should be able to make themselves understood in simple German and to be able to take part in everyday life. The aim of the new legal regulation is intended to help spouses when starting their integration courses and also with integrating into German society.


For this purpose, a certificate (skill level A1) issued by an institute certified by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and with homebased staff in their Cambodian office is required. In Cambodia, this certificate can be obtained at the German Center at Meta House Phnom Penh, http://www.german-classesphnompenh.com.

Pending applications for a Residence Permit for Family Reunion for Spouses/Partners without an approval of the German Immigration Office will be suspended until the applicant can provide the required language certificate.

3.3
Family reunion to a German child

Please provide your birth certificate, family book, birth certificate of the child, proof of German nationality of the child (German passport of the child, if applicable: acknowledgement of paternity and/or marriage certificate), proof of custody for the child.

3.4  Family reunion to foreign parent/-s in Germany

If a minor / child wishes to join its parent/-s to reside in Germany, please provide the birth certificate, parent/s' German residence permit, proof of custody for the child and proof of means of subsistence. Please note that for the determination of the child's age the date of the submission of the application is applicable.

Processing Time: In general, visa processing procedures should not exceed 12 weeks but could vary in individual cases

information sheet on evidence of a basic command of German (in German language)

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In accordance with the reform of the Residence Act as of 28 August 2007 foreign spouses/partners wishing to move to Germany must provide evidence of a basic command of German when they apply for their visa.