What is the difference between a dependency visa and a family reunion visa?

When filing an application for a spouse visa, the consulate might come up with an request to define the visa category.

The two available cathegories are dependency visa and a family reunion visa.

A dependency visa application is required, if the dependents are travelling in parallel or only shortly after the applicant (max 6 months), while a family reunion visa is required, if the family mambers are following at a later stage (more than 6 months).

A family reunion visa takes longer as the German immigration authorities have to be involved in the decision making.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need additional information or support before filing an application.

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