If you wish to permanently join a family member in Germany detailed information on the requirements and necessary documents is provided here.
Where and How to apply?
Visa applications can only be lodged with the German Embassy in Wellington. Honorary Consuls do not handle any visa applications.
Appointments have to be booked via our online appointment system You have to submit your application in person in Wellington .
Who can apply?
Generally you can apply for family reunion as
- A spouse of a German or EU/EEA-national living in Germany
- A spouse of a foreign national with residency in Germany
- Parent of a child under 18 living in Germany or with residency in Germany
Please note that 'De facto' partnerships are not recognised under the family reunion category!
Furthermore only same-sex civil unions are reconized under German law.
New Zealand citizens can travel visa free to Germany and can apply for the necessary permit after arrival at the local immigration office.
What do I need to fill out and provide?
Please have your complete application ready for your appointment and do not include staples, post it notes, paperclips and folders of any kind.The photograph(s) is/ are not allowed to be stapled, glued or blue tacked to the form.
1. Please print out your completed Visa application form twice
2. Required documentation according to the information sheets:
Family reunion spouse German / Non EU - national
Family reunion spouse EU- national
Read the information leaflet about evidence of basic knowledge of German
and where to learn German: Deutschkenntnisse
Please note that you need two copies of all required documentation for your application.
3. Please read the data protection regulation
and print out the data protection signature sheet
4. Visa fee
What happens after your application
The Embassy reserves the right to request further documents or information deemed necessary for processing your application at any time and assumes no responsibility for applications submitted too close to your planned departure.
Applying for a visa does not guarantee that a visa will be issued! Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance with your application.
Upon your arrival the border authorities may examine whether the requirements for your entry continue to be valid. Entry may be refused by the border authorities although you are in possession of a valid visa. We advise you carry with you documents giving evidence to the purpose of your stay.