German Visa and Laws - Spouse Visa

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Family Reunion Visa

Important notice before we start with the details of this visa type:

Persons applying for a visa in Pakistan have to provide a valid proof of vaccination against POLIO. This is in agreement with the new WHO guidelines and Government of Pakistan. The vaccination cannot be older than one year and should be done at least four weeks prior to applying for a visa. That means you can get it done a month or two before you plan to apply for the visa. A Proof has to be submitted in the valid International Certificate for Vaccination.
You can download the declaration form here: Polio Vaccination Declaration

Note: If you fail to provide this vaccination proof, you won’t be issued visa.

Visa Application Procedure

You can apply at one of the two following places depending upon the area you live:

  1. Applicants of Sindh and Balouchistan that are the ones who have their permanent residence in the above mentioned provinces need to apply for the visa at Consulate General Karachi.
  2. Applicants of all other provinces and areas in Pakistan should apply at German Embassy Islamabad.

Below are the two ways to book your appointment for visa depending on the area where you’re applying:
  1. For applications at the German embassy in ISLAMABAD: You can book your visa appointment only online. You cannot book it by phone or e-mail. So don’t bother calling the embassy, they won’t entertain you.
  2. General KARACHI: You can apply for the visa here without an appointment. You can directly go to the Consulate General and collect the token and wait for your turn. The tokens are given on first come first basis at every morning 7:15 am. There are limited numbers of tokens given so be early if it’s really urgent for you to apply.

Official hours and contact details for visa sections

Embassy Islamabad - Visa SectionTel: (0092-51) 200 7100, Ext. 403

Fax: (0092-51) 227 8917
Opening hours visa sectionMonday to Friday: 8:00 - 12:00 hrs
Collection of passportsMonday to Thursday: 13:30 - 14:30
Friday 8:00 - 12:00 hrs
Consulate General Karachi - Visa Section Tel.: (0092-21) 3587 3782

Fax: (0092-21) 3582 1597
Opening hours visa sectionMonday to Friday: 8:30 - 11:00 hrs

(First come - first basis)
Collection of passportsMonday to Thursday: 14:00 - 15:00

Friday 12:00 - 13:00 hrs

Required Documents

Application form
Important things to know:
  • Fill the form either on a computer or with the help of a typewriter.
  • Each person applying for a visa should have his own form. 
  • Form need to be signed by the applicant applying. For minors (under 16) their parents/guardian need to sign it. 
  • If you’re applying as a spouse, your age should be minimum 18 years.
  • You can download the form from the link given below: Polio Vaccination Declaration

Passport size photos

Take three passport-sized pictures with you when you go for the submission of your form.

Important things to know:
  • Each applicant should take his/her three photos.
  • Take three photos of the spouse/family member already living in Germany.
  • Photos should not be older than three months.
  • Get your pictures clicked with white background.
  • Do not take a computer printout of your picture. It should be properly printed on photo paper from a professional photo printing machine.

You can get more information about the photos from the link given below: Sample Photos

A valid Pakistani passport
To apply for the visa you should be having a valid Pakistani passport with you.
Important things to know:
  • Your passport should be valid at least for three months after your requested visa periods expire.
  • Make copies of pages 0-3 of your passport and copies of all pages with previous stamps and visa.
  • Copies of former passports (if any) and copies of pages with stamps and visa (if any)

Passport copies of your spouse / family member living in Germany
Get a copy of the passport of the spouse/family member who is living in Germany containing following:
  • His / her personal information
  • The issuance data of the passport
  • All residence permits / visas
  • All entry and exit stamps

Applicant’s declaration

Applicants need to sign a declaration stating that all the information you provide is true and good to your knowledge and that you will not provide any false information knowingly or else if found you may not be given the visa or may be liable to a legal action.
You can download the declaration form from the link given below: Applicant´s Declaration

Original Pakistani birth certificate
Take your original birth certificate accompanying the English or German translation of it. It should be attested by Magistrate first class / Nazim.

Registration “Form B”
You have to take this form stating the head of the household under whom the applicant(s) is / are registered. Take an along English or German translation of it.

Proof of previous marriage(s) (if any)
If you were married before then you need to take a proof of that marriage and that now you’re divorced. A proof of divorce is required as well. If the previous spouse if died take the original death certificate.
Important things to know:
* If your previous spouse is died take the original death certificate along with the copies of it.
* Original divorce certificate is required along with the copies of it.
* Original Urdu certificates are required along with the translation in English or German.
* All certificates must be attested by Magistrate First Class/ Nazim.

Certificate of residency in Germany ("Meldebescheinigung")
You have to take the certificate of residency in Germany of the spouse/ family member staying in there. Make sure it is not older than or issued not longer than 6 months back.

Proof of German language (one of the important documents)
To join your spouse/ family member in Germany, the Federal Republic of Germany wants you to know some basic German language so that you don’t have to struggle in making yourselves involved in German society and culture. There are five levels of the German language from A1-A2-B1-B2-C1 but giving a proof of the first level i.e.; A1 is sufficient. However, there are some following exceptions to it where knowing the language is not necessary:
  • If the spouse/ family member whom you’re going to join in Germany holds a Blue card.
  • If the spouse/ family member is a citizen of an EU member state (other than Germany).
  • For applicants who apply for a family reunion with their German child.
  • If the spouse/ family member whom you’re going to join in Germany is an acknowledged asylum seeker or refugees according to the Geneva Convention for Refugees (if the marriage already existed at the time when he or she established their main ordinary residence outside Pakistan).

Now, how can you learn and get this proof of the language in Pakistan?

You need to provide a proof of your language abilities according to the standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). In Pakistan you can take such exams only at Goethe-Institut.
Either you can learn the language by yourself doing some online courses and take the exam at Goethe-Institut (GI) or you can take the classes at Goethe-Institut and then take the exam. Goethe-Institut is recognized by the German Embassy. However, below you can find the alternatives where you can learn the language but they are not recommended by the embassy. You can take the exam only at one of the three centres specified by the embassy, which are conducted by Goethe-Institut.

A1 level certificate by Goethe-Institut is sufficient and a valid proof of your language

Goethe-Institut in Karachi (GI)
Director: Dr. Manuel Negwer
2 Brunton Road, Civil Lines (near CM House), Karachi
Tel. +92 (21) 3566 1633 to 36
Fax +92 (21) 3566 1632
Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus in Lahore (ASH) / German Cultural Centre
(associated with Goethe-Institut Pakistan)
Director: Naurin Ahmad-Zaki
155, Scotch Corner, St. 3, Upper Mall, Lahore 54000
Tel: +92 (42) 3576 1257
Fax: +92 (42) 3576 2241
Berlitz Language Centers in Karachi
DHA Karachi 1st Floor, 94-C, Khayaban-e-Ittehad Phase II Ext.
Tel: +92 (21) 3538 8973 or 3538 8287
Progressive Center, Karachi Suite 105 107, Shahrah-e-Faisal
Karachi 75400
Tel: +92 (21) 111 237 548
Fax: +92 (21) 3438 0075
Berlitz Language Center in Lahore
Lahore 37 A/II, Gulberg III, Lahore
Tel: +92 (42) 111 237 548
Fax: +92 (42) 3587 88906
National University of Modern Languages (NUML)
Head of the German Department: Dr. Anwer Mahmood
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel. +92 (51) 925 7647
Fax: +92 (51) 925 7679
Institute of German Language Pakistan
42-B, B-Block, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi
Tel. +92 (51) 436 1927
Heinrich-Heine-Sprachzentrum Islamabad
(German Language and Study Counseling Center)
Registered Member of FaDaF (Germany)
Director: M. Iqbal Tarar (Dipl. Oec. Univ.)
Chaudhry Market Plot.2-1, I-9/4 Islamabad
Tel. +92 (51) 443 6777
Mobile: +92 300 523 5380
The House of Knowledge
26-Mir’s Trade Center G/6 Markaz,
Melody Market, Behind PSO Islamabad
Tel. +92 (51) 227 1889, 227 1890, 227 1891, 0300 5380729
Institute of Modern Languages
Director: Aamir Rafique (Dipl. Oec. Univ./GDS)
58-Commercial Area, 3rd Floor
Cavalry Ground, Lahore - 54810
Tel: +092 (42) 36673110
Mobile no.: 0333-4372536
Fax: +092 (42) 668 3448
ONLINE German courses (full courses and part-time courses) for levels A-1 and A-2 available.
Deutsch Akademie e.V
(in F.C Public School)
Director: M. Sultan Pasha
Moh. Serian Jalal Pur Jattan
District Gujrat
Tel: +92 (53) 359 4023
Mobile: +92 300 621 2770

Important Note

  • The officials may ask for additional information at the time of the visa interview.
  • All copies of documents should be in A4 size. For applications at the embassy Islamabad take 3 copies of each above mentioned documents and for the applications at Consulate General Karachi take 2 copies of each above mentioned documents. Do not forget to take the originals with you. 
  • Do not staple any documents.