Visa for the purpose of familial/spousal reunification

Residents of the following countries/provinces must submit their visa application to the indicated mission:

  • GERMAN EMBASSY PRETORIA:  Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North-West, Lesotho, Swaziland
  • GERMAN CONSULATE GENERAL CAPE TOWN:  Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape

OPTIONAL (please check special conditions when applying through the honorary consuls and liaison officer)

We request that you take advantage of our Online Appointment Booking System. Applications must be submitted in person and may not be submitted by courier, regular post, fax or e-mail.

The fee for a residence permit is the equivalent of 60 Euro. The fee must be paid in cash, in South African Rands upon application. For spouses of German or EU-citizens or to the parent of a German or EU-minor the visa fee is waved.

Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application is processed without delay, please submit the following documents (in original and two copies as indicated below). Unfortunately, copies cannot be provided by the German Missions.

Required Documents

Original documents required for:

Original + two copies required for:

  • An unabridged marriage certificate 
  • Language Certificate A1 („Start Deutsch 1“) from the Goethe Institute or any other language certificate issued by the 'Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)'  (In South Africa the competent authority is the Goethe Institute.)
  • Proof of health insurance valid from date of arrival (German Statutory/National or Private health insurance)

If your spouse/family member residing in Germany is German:

  • Copy of the passport or ID
  • Copy of the rental contract of the spouse living in Germany
  • Proof of spouse's earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. Work contract, scholarship,bursary, etc)

If your spouse/family member residing in Germany is not German: 

  • Copy of the passport with a copy of the Residence permit
  • Copy of the rental contract for the spouse living in Germany
  • Proof of spouse's earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. Work contract, scholarship,bursary)

Subsequent immigration of family members:

  • Marriage certificate of parents - An 'unabridged marriage certificate'
  • Birth certificates of children - 'Unabridged birth certificate'
  • Copy of the parents passports with a copy of the residence permit
  • Copy of the rental contract of the parents living in Germany
  • Proof of parents earnings/making a living in Germany (e.g. work contract, scholarship, bursary, etc)
  • If applicable – proof of custody from the court/certified consent of legal guardians to travel
  • If applicable – acknowledgement of paternity
  • If applicable – proof of a valid adoption in process (in the German legal system)

Please note that each visa application is reviewed individually. Therefore, the requested documents may vary. The German Missions reserve the right to ask for additional documents. The submission of the above-mentioned documents does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. Applicants may, at any time, be asked for a personal interview. Submission of incomplete documentation or refusal to attend the mandatory visa interview will result in a refusal of your visa application. Once a visa has been issued, the purpose of the trip may not be altered.

The German Missions require approximately two to three months to process your visa application. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase an airline ticket unless the visa has been granted. We kindly ask that no status requests on the visa application be made during the first two months. We will notify the applicant on any change of status or progress of the application as soon as possible and whenever the need arises.

Attention!

Important Notes

Please appear at the visa section with all required documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and you may be asked to return at another time. Please understand that documents sent prior to application submission by email/fax/post will not be considered.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is complete upon submission. Each application must be presented with all necessary photocopies for documents that you would like to have returned to you. The visa section will not be responsible for making necessary copies. During the visa processing period no update can be given.

Upon receiving the visa: Please check visa data for possible mistakes as soon as you receive your passport. Pay particular attention to the visa’s validity (start and end dates) with regards to the total duration of your planned stay. Also check the correct spelling of your name, as well as the number of entries you were granted. The visa section must be informed of possible mistakes immediately and cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur as a result of incorrect data or a missing signature in the travel document.

Family Reunification Visa

Young couple

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Visa Section Pretoria

Application submissions only after prior booking online.

Online Appointments

Opening Hours Applications:

Monday-Thursday

 07:30 - 12:00

Public Holidays 2016

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday-Thursday

08:00 - 14:00

Friday

08:00 - 13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Fax:
+27 (0)12 427 8982 (please do not send any documents prior to application submission)

Visa Section Cape Town

On Friday 21 April 2017, the passport and visa section will be closed because of urgent IT work.

Further information

Application submissions only after prior booking online.

Online Appointments

Opening Hours for Applications:
Monday-Friday09:00 - 12:00

Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

+27 (0)21 405 3052

Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on visas

Public Holidays 2016

Directions to our office

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Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Corner De Villiers / Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273 

Cape Town, 8000

Honorary Consul, Durban

Enlarge image For the KwaZulu-Natal province, please contact the liaison office below.

Contact the Honorary Consul, Durban

When applying at the Honrary Consul's office in Durban applicants must fill in their visa-application online and bring the printed version with them.

Application in Durban

Organization
Honorary Consul: Horst Achtzehn
Address

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00

9 Kensington Drive, 
Westville, 
Durban 3629

Postal address:
P.O. Box 1166, 
Westville,
Durban 3630

Phone:
+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax:
+27 (0)31 266 3925

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