Familiy reunification EU/EEA Spouse living in Germany

18.02.2023 - Article

This visa enables you to travel to Germany and apply to the local immigration office (Ausländerbehörde) for a residence permit in order to join your spouse or registered partner.

General information

This visa category applies to spouses/ registered partners of EU and EEA as well as Swiss citizens. It makes no difference if the person you are joining is already in Germany or if you will be moving together.

The term “EU spouse/ partner” does not apply to spouses/ partners who (also) hold German nationality.

German law recognises both mixed-sex and same sex marriages as well as civil or registered partnerships between same-sex partners. Mixed-sex civil or registered partnerships and de facto relationships are not recognised under German law. Freedom of movement rules provide for limited exceptions; contact us for details.

Processing period

The processing period may take 2-3 months. During the processing period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visas.


The fee is 75,00 €, payable in QAR cash or by international credit card in Euro (Mastercard, Visa). Euro cash, checks or debit cards are not accepted. The application form can be downloaded for free.

Necessary documents

Please bring the following documents in the mentioned order to your appointment at the Embassy. Additional documents may in some cases be requested. Documents sent in advance will not be archived.

Complete the online application form (application forms are required for each applicant separately; all children require separate forms).

Bring two signed copies of the form including the barcodes to your appointment.

A valid passport signed by the holder, issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least one year is necessary. The passport needs to have at least 2 subsequent blank pages. Please bring 2 photocopy of the passport biodata page to your appointment.

2 fully biometric passport photo, 35 x 45 mm, no older than three months. Digitally altered passport photos cannot be accepted. Please ensure that your photo adheres to German biometric requirements and is taken in front of a white/bright background.

Bring your valid Qatar residence permit (QID) and 2 photocopy to your appointment.

  • Original marriage/ civil/ registered partnership certificate - If issued outside Germany, the EU or the UK documents need be legalised or apostilled as applicable.
    Any document in a language other than German, English or French needs to be translated into one of these languages by a certified or sworn translator.
    Plus: 2 photocopies of the certificate and (if applicable) the translation

  • Original or certified copy of EU/ EEA/ Swiss or British passport or National ID card of spouse/ partner (passport: biodata page only)
    Plus: 2 photocopies of the passport biodata page or ID card

  • If spouse/ partner is already resident in Germany: 2 photocopies of confirmation of spouse’s/ partner’s registration (Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung)

Book an appointment

Please use our online appointment booking system. Booking via telephone or email is not possible. At the appointment, you will submit all required documents and pay the visa processing fee. You will be interviewed with regard to your planned stay in Germany and your biometric data (passport photograph and fingerprints) will be collected.

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