Spouses of foreign nationals can, for instance, claim a residence permit if the foreigner possesses a settlement permit or a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment. Additionally, the marriage must have already existed at the time the foreigner was granted the permit and the duration of the foreigner‘s stay is expected to exceed one year. If the foreigner posseses a residence permit for the purpose of economic activity (employed or self-employed), the spouse may take up work as well.
If these requirements are not met, it is still possible for a residence permit to be granted on a discretionary basis. Children (under 18 years of age) of a foreigner can claim a residence permit if both parents hold a residence permit or settlement permit, and if the children relocate to Germany with their parents.You can find this fragment in the following contexts: