This information is designed to cover a wide range of individual and different cases and is therefore provided as a guideline only. Particularly in the case of children joining parents, the law provides for a multitude of different requirements depending on a number of criteria such as age, German language skills as well as current and previous custody Arrangements.
Applications for a minor must be filed by all parents/guardians. The minor and all parents and guardians need to be present for the application. Should one or both parent(s) and/ or guardian(s) be unavailable/ overseas at the time of application we will require a “declaration of consent”, notarised by a commissioner of oath or any EU member state or any German mission overseas.
The following is a rudimentary standard list of requirements for an expat family with children under the age of 16 years relocating together to Germany.
The processing period may take 2-3 months. During the processing period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visas.
The fee is 75,00 €, payable in USD cash only. Please bring small USD bills. The application form can be downloaded for free.
Please bring the following documents in the mentioned order to your appointment at the Embassy. Additional documents may in some cases be requested. Documents sent in advance will not be archived.
Complete the online application form (application forms are required for each applicant separately; all children require separate forms).
Bring one signed copy of the form including the barcodes to your appointment.
A valid passport signed by the holder, issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least one year is necessary. The passport needs to have at least 2 subsequent blank pages. Please bring one photocopy of the passport biodata page to your appointment.
1 fully biometric passport photo, 35 x 45 mm, no older than three months. Digitally altered passport photos cannot be accepted. Please ensure that your photo adheres to German biometric requirements and is taken in front of a white/bright background.
Non-Zimbabweans - please bring your valid Zimbabwean residence permit and 1 photocopy to your appointment.
Birth certificate of the child
If issued outside Germany, the EU or the UK, documents need to be legalised or apostilled as applicable. Zimbabwean documents need to be certified by the Zimbabwean Foreign Ministry and then legalised by the German Embassy.
Any document in a language other than German or English needs to be translated into one of these languages by a certified or sworn translator.
Plus: 1 photocopy of the certificate and (if applicable) the translation
Proof of custody of the child (e.g. marriage certificate, declaration of custody, court decision, death certificate of other parent, etc.)
1 copy of the passport of the parent in Germany
- If family member is a German citizen, copies of the identification card may be presented instead of the passport
- If family member is not a German citizen, include copies of the residence permit for Germany
Proof of German language skills (NOT applicable for children under the age of 16 years)
For Children from 16 to 18 years a minimum level C1 in accordance with the European Framework for Languages (e. g. certificate of Goethe Institute) is mandatory
Please present lease contract or hotel reservation for the first 6 month
Proof of financial means of parent in Germany (e.g. salary slips, bank account slips, employment contract)
Not applicable for children of German citizens as well as recognized refugees in Germany.
Children of EU citizens may present the employment contract of the parent, salary slips however are not required.
Book an appointment
Please use our online appointment booking system
Booking via telephone or email is not possible. At the appointment, you will submit all required documents and pay the visa processing fee. You will be interviewed with regard to your planned stay in Germany and your biometric data (passport photograph and fingerprints) will be collected.