Applying for a Family and Partner Visa in Germany
You don’t have to experience the joys of Germany vicariously through your partner who lives in the country. There is a German Family and Partner Visa, or Family Reunification Visa, that enables you and your minor children to join your partner in Germany.
Essentially, spouses and minor children can get a family reunification visa to join German nationals, EU nationals, and foreign nationals with valid work or residency visas. The person they’re joining must be living in Germany or intending to move to Germany. Once you’ve received your residence permit, you are allowed to work in the country with no restrictions.
Note: Germany recognises same-sex marriages or life partnerships and has done so since 2001. Same-sex partners qualify for the German family and partner visa (or family reunification permit). There is no need for partners to apply for different types of work or residence visas.
Same-sex partners can also get married in Germany with the same provisions as heterosexual couples. Again, there is no need for independent visas or permits.