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Documents and formalities – Germany

Updated : 14/07/2014

Having a residence card issued for your non-EU family members

Germany

Residence card for non-EU family members

Your family members who are not EU nationals must apply for a residence card (Aufenthaltskarte).

You need to show there is a family relationship with the EU citizen who is already legally resident in Germany. To do so, you will need to produce relevant documents, such as:

  • Husband / wife: marriage certificate
  • (grand)children: birth certificate
  • Registered partners: certificate of civil partnership

The residence card is usually valid for 5 years.

For more information, check with the foreigners' registry office where you live.

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