- 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, your family will be able to apply for family reunification from 1 August 2018. Family reunification was suspended for the beneficiaries of subsidiary protection for the last two years; but from 1 August 2018, up to 1000 individuals (per month) may travel to Germany to reunite with their families. Families that have been separated for a long time, have small children or very vulnerable or sick members are given special consideration in the process. However, as a beneficiary of subsidiary protection, you have no legal right to family reunification.
- 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) and in our chapter Immigration.
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?
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?
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.