Visa for family reunification – Child to foreign parent

05.02.2024 - Article

General Information

General information

For minors, the legal guardians can apply for a visa to bring children to Germany under the following conditions:

  • The parents / the parent with sole custody / one of the custodians already live in Germany and are in possession of a residence permit, EU Blue Card, settlement permit or EU permanent residence permit.
  • The parents / the parent with sole custody / one of the custodians still live in Tanzania, but intend to enter Germany together with the child and are applying for a visa for this purpose, e.g. to take up employment or to join their spouse.
  • The family partnership is to be maintained in Germany.
  • If the parents have joint custody, it is possible for only one parent to be with the child if the other parent agrees to the child's stay in Germany or if there is a legally binding court decision to this effect.

Please bear in mind that minors - unless they are travelling with both parents - require a declaration of consent signed by the parents or the other parent to leave Tanzania.

Required Documents

To apply, you will need the following original documents plus one set of copies to present at your appointment at the Embassy. We highly recommend to use the information sheet as a checklist and bring it as a print out for your appointment.
Please pay attention that all Tanzanian documents issued by an authority of the state needs to be Legalizations

Please sort the individual sets in the order listed below.
Information Sheet

In your application form (VIDEX) you enter all the information about your entry and your stay in Germany. You must complete this form and print it out once, sign and date it.

If you are a minor, your legal representatives must sign the application and declare their consent.

To the form

A recent biometric photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background)

Information on biometric photos can be found here

Your passport must be signed and valid for at least one year from the date your visa is issued.
Please note that the document must still have at least two blank pages (if the decision is positive, your visa will be affixed here later).

Do you not have Tanzanian citizenship?

If you are not a Tanzanian citizen, please provide us with your Tanzanian residence permit.

Proof of your residence in Tanzania can be, for example, a copy of your electricity bill, water bill or gas bill.or a rent contract.

For non- Tanzanian nationals: Tanzanian residence permit

In case of Tanzanian birth certificate in ordert o determine parentage:

- Marriage certificate of parents or

- Tanzanian court ruling concerning parentage or

- single status certificate of mother at time of birth or

- adoption certificate and court’s decision (only if applicable)

The birth certificate needs tob e legalised.

Copies of the parents' passports (including residence permits).

Proof of a secure livelihood in Germany e.g. in the form of proof of income (employment contract, bank statements, savings) of the parents / parent living in Germany

Tenancy agreement/Proof of accomodation and residence registration certificate for the flat in Germany.

  • Proof of sole custody to which the parent living in Germany is entitled, usually in the form of a (legalised Tanzanian) court custody order – Affidavit is not accepted,
  • Or a declaration of consent from the other parent at the diplomatic mission abroad
  • Or a legally binding decision from a competent Tanzanian authority (notary, court)

Proof of German knowledge (level at C1, only if child is 16 years or older and does not move to Germany with parents)

Proof of statutory or private health insurance cover must be provided. If a long or permanent stay is planned, some travel health insurance policies may exclude insurance cover in their terms and conditions and are therefore not sufficient. This restriction may also apply to an “incoming” insurance policy, so please ensure that your supplementary insurance policy provides sufficient cover. Further information here.

In certain cases, additional documents may be required.

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow six- eight weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad).

Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.



Appointments are made via an online system. It is not possible to make an appointment by telephone. You can find all information here

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