Family reunion visa

(National visa, category D, long term/permanent)

Family reunion visas are intendend for applicants wishing to join a family member (spouse, parent) living in Germany. In addition to providing documentation regarding marriage or filiation, the applicant (adults over 16 years of age) will also need to show German language skills (minimum A1 level).

To apply for your visa at the German Embassy Nairobi:

  1. Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
  2. Make sure you have the required German language skills
  3. Make sure you have all the necessary documents
  4. Book your visa appointment online 
  5. Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
  6. Wait up to 9 weeks for approval of your visa request
  7. Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
  8. Welcome to Germany!

Who can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi?

Please note that all long term visa applicants will have to apply in person at the German Embassy Nairobi, as finger prints need to be taken of each applicant. It is therefore no longer possible to send applications via courrier services to the German Embassy.

  • Kenya residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Kenya (Kenyans and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass.

    Please note that the Honorary Consul in Mombasa cannot issue long term visa.

  • Burundi residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Burundi. Nationals other than Burundians will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass to Burundi.

  • Eritrea residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Eritrea (Eritreans and other). Nationals other than Eritreans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass for Eritrea.

  • Seychelles residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Seychelles (Seychellois and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass for the Seychelles.

    Please note that the Honorary Consul in the Seychelles cannot issue any visa.

  • Somali nationals: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy in Nairobi serves applicants from Somalia and Somali nationals living in Kenya.

    Somali passport holders will need a special permit to be exempted from holding a valid passport, as Somali passports are not accepted by German authorities. 

    Please note that verification of Somali documents is not possible to this date. In some cases, this can lead to DNA tests to prove filiation/parentage.

  • South Sudan residents: no

    No. Residents in South Sudan (South Sudanese nationals and other) will have to apply at the German Embassy Kampala, Uganda.

Documents required for a family reunion visa

The following documents are required for a family reunion visa. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications, forged documents and false information will result in immediate rejection and might lead to prosecution.

  • Passport

    Kenyan, Eritrean, Burundian and Seychellois nationals, residing in their respective country: original passport of applicant and 2 copies of the same. The passport must still be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passport must have at least two empty pages and cannot be older than 10 years.

    Other nationals, residing in Kenya, Eritrea, Burundi or Seychelles: like above, but must have a valid residence permit and re-entry permit for the country of residence.

    Somali nationals: original passport of applicant and 3 copies of the same. The passport must still be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passport must have at least two empty pages and cannot be older than 10 years. Somali passport holders furthermore need a valid residence permit or an official registration as refugee. A special permit to be exempted from holding a valid passport is also needed, as Somali passports are not accepted by German authorities.

    Exemption from holding a valid passport (in German) [pdf, 181.5k]

  • Photographs

    Two identical biometric photographs, passport size (3.5cm x 4.5 cm), no older than 3 months, bright background, one attached to application form and one loose.

    Somali nationals: Three identical biometric photographs, passport size (3.5cm x 4.5 cm), no older than 3 months, bright background, two attached to application form and one loose.

    Biometric photograph instructions [pdf, 550.79k]

  • Long term visa application form

    Two long term visa application forms, duly filled and signed. 

    Somali nationals: three long term visa application forms, duly filled and signed.

    Long term visa (national, cat. D) application form [pdf, 290.17k]

  • Proof of German language competence

    Proof of German language competence, at minimum of A1 level. Any of the following certificates will be recognised:

    A1 certificate from Goethe Institut Nairobi,

    or,

    KCSE certificate from KNEC, with minimum grade of B minus, not older than 4 years and TestDAF recognised

  • Birth certificate and civil status

    Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Seychelles residents: 

    • Birth certificate of applicant (original and two copies). 
    • If applicable, divorce papers or death certificates of previous spouses (original and two copies).

    Somali nationals: 

    • birth certificate of applicant (original and three copies).
    • If applicable, divorce papers or death certificates of previous spouses (original and three copies).
  • Passport of the family member in Germany

    Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Seychelles residents: 

    • Two copies of the passport of the family member living in Germany
    • If the family member is a German national: two copies of his/her national identification card may be presented instead of the passport
    • If the family member is not a German national: copies of the passport must include his/her residence permit

    Somali nationals: 

    • Three copies of the passport of the family member living in Germany
    • If the family member is a German national: three copies of his/her national identification card may be presented instead of the passport
    • If the family member is not a German national: copies of the passport must include his/her residence permit
  • Marriage certificate (for spouses)

    Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Seychelles residents: 

    • If marriage took place in Kenya: Kenyan certificate of marriage (original and two copies) and certified copy of an entry of marriage and two copies thereof.
    • If marriage took place in Germany: German certificate of marriage or extract from the German family register (original and two certified copies)
    • If marriage took place in another country: certificate of marriage of that country (original and two copies) and translation by a recognized agency/organisation (original and two copies)

    Somali nationals: 

    • If marriage took place in Kenya: Kenyan certificate of marriage (original and three copies) and certified copy of an entry of marriage and three copies thereof.
    • If marriage took place in Germany: German certificate of marriage or extract from the German family register (original and three certified copies)
    • If marriage took place in another country: certificate of marriage of that country (original and three copies) and translation by a recognized agency/organisation (original and three copies)
  • For children uniting with family

    Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Seychelles residents: 

    • Official court ruling regarding custody of the child, which proves sole custody of parent living in Germany (original and two copies), or:
    • Declaration of consent of parent remaining in Kenya, to be given personally at the Embassy (passport/ID required)
    • For single mothers, an affidavit sworn at the office of the Notary Public that she has never lived with the child's biological father and that he has not the custody of the child (original and two copies), or:
    • If one parent is deceased, death certificate of deceased parent (original and two copies)

    Somali nationals: 

    • Official court ruling regarding custody of the child, which proves sole custody of parent living in Germany, or:
    • For single mothers, an affidavit sworn at the office of the Notary Public that she has never lived with the child's biological father and that he has not the custody of the child, or:
    • If one parent is deceased, death certificate of deceased parent (original and three copies)
  • Proof of financial means of partner/member living in Germany

    If the fiancé(e), spouse or family member living in Germany is not a German national, EU citizen or recognised refugee: proof of financial means of partner/member living in Germany (bank statements, pay slips, letter from employer etc.) and invitation letter will need to be provided.

Book your visa appointment now!

Visa appointments can only be obtained online. Please note that processing of a category C Schengen visa (e.g. business, visitor's, medical) will take 7 working days (in exceptional cases up to 15 working days). The processing of a long term category D visa (e.g. marriage, family reunion) can take up to 9 weeks.

Visa fees

Schengen visa (short-term):

  • Adult (12 years and above): EUR 60,-
  • Minor (6-11 years): EUR 35,-
  • Child (0-5 years): exempted

National visa (long-term):

  • Adult (18 years and above): EUR 75,-
  • Minor : EUR 37,50


Payment options:

  • By credit card (international cards only)
  • Cash, payable in Kenya Shillings, at the Embassy's current exchange rate

Exemption of fees (all categories, free visa): 

  • Spouses and minor children of German or E.U. nationals
  • Parents of German or E.U. minor children

Download your family reunion visa check-list

You will find all information regarding application procedures and the list of required documents on this check-list:

Checklist family reunion visa (Kenya residents) [pdf, 95.18k]
Checklist family reunion visa (Somali nationals) [pdf, 271.16k]
Checklist family reunion visa (Burundi residents) [pdf, 94.99k]

Eritrea-Visa for Family Reunion [pdf, 83.99k]

Contact the visa section

Visa section

Telephone service of the visa section (information only):

Tue and Thu 15:00-16:00 hrs (Kenya)
(Summer CET + 1h, Winter CET + 2h)


Kindly note that all visa inquiries must be directed to the below-mentioned e-mail address. Please do not use the contact form for visa inquiries.

Phone:
+254-(0)20-4262 140
Fax:
+254-(0)20-4262 129

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