Family Reunification for Refugees

Can I bring my family to Germany?

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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", family reunification for you 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 and those for whom there is a national ban on deportation, currently, special regulations apply.

Here we go through right of family reunification for individuals who came to Germany as refugee- for others who come to Germany there are different regulations. You can learn more in our chapter “Family Reunification for Immigrants”.

What do I need to know?

Can I apply for family reunification?

Which family members can join me in Germany?

What are the requirements for family reunification?

Where and how should I apply for family reunification?

Which documents should my family submit in their appointment at German embassy?

What if the Immigration Office rejects my application for family reunification?

Where can I get help?

What should I do after the arrival of my family in Germany?

What are the next steps?

I have lost my family members. What can I do?


If your asylum procedure is ongoing and your family is already in another EU country (or Lichtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland), you are entitled to family reunification in Germany OR the other country. The regulation applies to spouses and minor children. It is worth mentioning that the procedure is quite complicated- so whether you want to bring your family to Germany or move to the other country yourself to join them, it is best to first seek advice from a counselling centre.