- You can apply for Family asylum after your entitlement to refugee protection or asylum rights (According to Geneva Convention) has been recognised in Germany.
- If you have been granted subsidiary protection after March 17, 2016, you will not be allowed to bring your family to Germany before 31. July 2018. There will be a general halt in family reunification up to that date. Meanwhile, you can apply for family reunification, but your application will only be processed after 01. August 2018. Only a humanitarian reception of family members is possible within this transitional period, but just in exceptional cases of hardship. Read more about this under the section “Are there exceptions to the suspension of family reunion for refugees with subsidiary protection?”. From 01. August 2018, family reunification will be limited to 1000 individuals per month. This regulation and the extended suspension of family reunification until 1 August 2018 must still be decided by the Bundestag (as of 31 January 2018). We will inform you here and on Facebook (link to the relevant FB page) as soon as there are new developments.
- If you have a different residence status than those mentioned above, you are not usually allowed to bring your family to Germany.
Can I bring my family to Germany?
If you want to bring your family to Germany, there are several rules and regulations you should keep in mind. The most decisive factor is your residence status. In case your asylum procedure is still ongoing, or you have a so-called "Duldung", or a residence permit due to a national deportation ban, family reunification is, in principle, not possible. But if you are a recognised asylum-seeker or refugee, you have the right to reunite with your family in Germany. For the individuals with subsidiary protection, currently, special regulations apply: You can read more about this in the section "Can I apply for family reunification?" below.
Here we go through your rights as an individual who has fled to Germany. If you are not a refugee or asylum seeker, but still have a residence permit in Germany, you can find relevant details on family reunification on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in the chapter Migration to Germany under Family Reunion and Spouse/Family Reunification.
Family Reunification for Refugees
Can I Apply for Family Reunification?
Which family members can join me in Germany?
What are the requirements for family reunification?
Are there exceptions to the suspension of family reunion for refugees with subsidiary protection?
Where and how should I apply for family reunification?
What if the immigration office rejects my application for family reunification?
Where can I get help?
I have lost my family members
When your family members arrive in Germany, you need to take them to the Residents' Registration Office (“Einwohnermeldeamt”) and the Foreigners' Registration Office (“Ausländerbehörde”) for registration.