Whether you can apply for family reunification depends on the type of residence status you hold, i.e. to apply, you need to have at least a residence permit. Furthermore, you have to meet some other requirements. You can find out more in the section "What requirements do I have to meet for family reunification?".
- I am a recognised refugee or person entitled to asylum: If you are recognised as a person entitled to asylum or a refugee under the Geneva Refugee Convention, you can bring your family to Germany.
- I have subsidiary protection: If you have been granted subsidiary protection, your family can apply for family reunification. However, you are not legally entitled to a positive decision on your application, meaning immigration authorities can reject your application. Currently, only up to 1000 people per month are allowed to travel to Germany to reunite with their family members who are beneficiaries of subsidiary protection.
- Families who have been separated for a long time and those which include small children or particularly vulnerable and sick members are given more extra attention. It will be an advantage if the family can already speak German, make a living independently, and alike.
- I have a residence permit due to a national ban on deportation: People with a ban on deportation can only apply for family reunification if the duration of their stay in Germany is likely to last for more than one year. To apply, your marriage must also have been registered before you arrived in Germany. Also, there must be particular reasons in hand- for instance, a family member suffering from a severe illness or a definite threat to your family's wellbeing. When that is the case, the immigration office can approve your application. But keep in mind that legally speaking, you are not entitled to it; so the immigration authorities may reject your application.