Family reunion visa process

Hi all

My husband obtained freelancer Visa in Berlin in June, I came back to the US to apply for family reunion. Few days ago, I inquired Berlin LABO about my application, the reply is following:

am 02.08.2018 wurde an die Referenzperson d.h. Ihrem Ehemann Übersendung von Unterlagen bis zum 31.10.2018 angefordert von Herrn xxx. Nach Eingang dieser erforderlichen Unterlagen wird Herr xxx eine abschließende Stellungnahme in Kürze abgeben bei der zuständigen Botschaft.

From my understanding (I learned German long time ago, but hardly used it) they need my some husband's documents for approval. My husband traveled back to the USA and hopes we can go back to Germany together. If we need to submit the said documents, can we do it over email in the US?

Hope someone can share their experiences

Thank you.

The message says that your husband was contacted to supply additional documents before end of October.
It does not say whether the documents are needed in original or if a scanned copy is sufficient. Your husband should call them and ask!
The processing time, after all documents are submitted, can be 3 months or longer in my experience (it depends on the local authorities of the town you want to move to).

Hello.I am in same case,mean my husband.We send all documents by email(scan)and now waiting for his appointment(i think in february)

I am aware of the waiting time, just I wonder if they sent any notification to our apartment in Berlin and we didn't get it because my husband wants to wait with me in the USA. He's freelancing so he can be flexible. Hope it's not an issue for them

Collas: German officials will send all communication to his registered address by post (they are not good at online yet, and many regulations even REQUIRE paper to be sent). He is (by German law) required to be reachable there and able to react within two weeks, so he better get someone to check his mail there and forward it!

Thank you. We are trying to get hold of that letter.

I got hold of my case officer. He listed items like tax audit report, Profit and Loss statement from husband, but he only got to Germany in June, what tax can he own?

I am  stressed because I always thought we just need to have enough fund in our bank.

Don't know if anyone has experienced that.

I assume (but you better confirm that with the officer) they want to check whether your husband has sufficient financial means for your living cost - you won't get a family reunion visa without that.
If your husband cannot provide the requested documents, he should explain to the officer why thois is so - and suggest alternatives (e.g. valid contracts with clients that show to-be-expected revenue).

collas :

I got hold of my case officer. He listed items like tax audit report, Profit and Loss statement from husband, but he only got to Germany in June, what tax can he own?

I am  stressed because I always thought we just need to have enough fund in our bank.

Don't know if anyone has experienced that.

Like you mention, it cannot be directly about pay tax payments since he hasn't been there long enough to be required to file. You should look closely at what they ask. I assume they want copies of tax statements from wherever they have been filed in recent years as proof of income - not really proof of tax payment per se. This is standard procedure.

I would have thought they would have checked this before giving him his visa. It can be that they accepted his income as enough to grant him a visa as an individual but when a partner comes in question then they logically expect one to earn more to pay their way. If the level needed is in question then they can ask for additional documentation - which is anyway better than an outright refusal.

I asked if we can provide our bank statements, he said those are not good enough, but he crossed out Tax Audit form, leaving just the profit and loss statement (for 3 months?) My tax adviser said it's doable. Let's see what happens.

Hi here !
It is been a while ! Please, who could please  share his experience about his family reunion visa precisely on the verification fees for the marriage certificate and other documents. Does this fee exist and how does this verification take place?  Must I pay for the visa fee when my spouse is a German? Regardless of your country of origin and where you obtained your visa your reply will be appreciated and honored.
Best regards

adeatom :

Hi here !
It is been a while ! Please, who could please  share his experience about his family reunion visa precisely on the verification fees for the marriage certificate and other documents. Does this fee exist and how does this verification take place?  Must I pay for the visa fee when my spouse is a German? Regardless of your country of origin and where you obtained your visa your reply will be appreciated and honored.
Best regards

Official documents like marriage certificates need to be translated by a certified translator. The cost depends on the place doing the translation but of course certified translations will cost more than ones  from someone without certification. You then submit the required documents along with the certified translation.

There is no fee for verification of a marriage certificate - and a family reunion visa is free of charge for spouses of Germans.
But Tom is correct about the need for certified translations of all foreign documents. Depending on the language and complexity of the text, this can cost between €20 and €200 per page.

I didn't say there is a fee for verification! I wrote that one has to submit a certified translation of required documents - and one has to pay for them. I cannot begin to speculate on such costs in another country.

But I stand corrected from my original statement of spouses of Germans needing to pay a visa fee. They get a waiver from the usual 60 Euro fee.

How or if a government agency actually verifies a document is something nobody will know. Such things will be done at their discretion and will basically be included in any visa fee, which in this case if waivered anyway. There is no separate “verification fee” I’ve ever heard of.

Infact thank you very much for your replies.
I found your statements helpful both Beppi and Tom.I appreciate these alot.

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