Note to readers
GTAI’s Investment Guide to Germany is intended to provide general information for foreign companies wishing to expand to Germany. GTAI is unfortunately not able to answer visa requirement queries from private individuals or support individual visa applications.
Family members of foreign nationals may be granted permission to live in Germany if the foreigner possesses a settlement permit or a residence permit and if sufficient living space is available.
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.