This post is specifically for Indians who are coming to Germany on a work permit / Blue Card.
This process can be a little frustrating because of the time and the amount of money spent but there is no escaping it.
Irrespective of the fact that you are already in Germany or not you will have to prove that you are really married to the woman you claim to be your wife.
So lets start with how the whole process starts.
Your wife has to apply for the Family Reunion Visa. Call the VFS center mentioned in the (Click on the link) German Consulate website . You will be given a date and time for a personal interview at the German Consulate.
NOTE: I did not do the VFS thing as it has been introduced recently
Carry all documents like education certificates, current job letter in Germany, marriage certificate, etc. There are many documents not mentioned on the website. Still carry them. We were asked for some documents and luckily we were carrying them. Do not forget to carry marriage album and also be ready to part with 2 or 3 photos at the consulate. They will ask for it and keep the ones then need.
If you have a Blue Card then your wife does not have to show German language skills. If not then your wife needs a A1 level German language certificate. Also your wife is allowed to work in Germany immediately if you have a Blue Card
Normally they will inform during the interview that it will take 6 to 12 weeks for the visa to be processed and they might need to do a verification. I know no case where they did not not do a verification. They will return the passport to your wife.
Email or a call will be made by the consulate asking to pay for the verification. You will have to pay anything between 10,000 Rs. to 50,000 Rs for the verification. Verification starts when the payment is received.
Someone from the consulate will go to your house and your wife’s parents house and ask questions and look for documents. He will also talk to neighbors and relatives and make them write letters to say how they know you and your wife.
Following was the process for us:
- Came to our house without notice.
- Before coming to our house he went to our local ward office and crosschecked our marriage certificate records
- Called my wife’s parents to our house as they live in the same city.
They asked for the receipt of the reception hall where our wedding took place.
Asked us to call one of our relative and our neighbor.
Asked our neighbor and my relatives along with my wife, parent and parents in law to write letters describing our relationship.
After this process a report is created by the consulate in India and if it is positive, it is sent to Germany for Visa approval. The process in Germany is simple and once the approval is given, the Indian consulate will call or email asking to submit the passport for stamping. Passport can be directly submitted to the Consulate or to the locals VFS center which charges some money to get the stamping done. Again this takes a long time but less than 12 weeks. There is not point in contacting the consulate and if you do, expect curt responses.
Hope it works out for you!