If you’re a Filipino/Filipina married to a German national then this post is for you. Most likely, you’ll be getting a Family Reunion Visa (FRV) or Spouse Visa. You might have questions on how to get this kind of visa; don’t worry I have gone through the process and will be sharing my knowledge about this experience.
A little bit background
Before our wedding in Hongkong in April 2019, my husband Chris and I had already set our Termin (appointment). If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you are already familiar with this term. Germany has its own language and if you are going to live there, you must know at least some of the basic words. In case you haven’t started learning the language, I highly suggest that you do. You can check my writing here about learning German as a beginner 101.
TERMS to Remember
FRV – Family Reunion Visa
CI – Criminal Investigation or Background Check
Termin – Appointment
Let’s get down to the steps in acquiring your Spouse Visa to Deutschland.
Termin – Getting a termin takes 3-4 months so I advise you do it soon if you think you’re ready for it. How to have a Termin?
- Go to this link.
- Click New Appointment, you will be redirected to the National Visa for family reunion form.
- Fill out then submit the form.
You won’t get a schedule right away. In my case, I got a response a few weeks later on April 29, 2019, informing me that my Termin was scheduled on July 17, 2019. Yes, that’s 3 months of waiting, which gave me enough time to prepare all the necessary documents.
What are the necessary documents?
Note: It is important to complete all of the requirements, otherwise, your Spouse visa application won’t be accepted and processed.
ALL APPLICANTS (both husband and wife) must submit the following (paper size A4):
- Two (2) application forms, fully completed, signed and dated by the applicant*
- Three (3) current passport pictures (for picture format see Information about passport pictures).*
- Two (2) of these pictures must each be glued to the application forms, the third must be attached with a paperclip to the passport (do not staple).*
- The applicant must write his or her complete name and date of birth on the back of the picture;*
- Valid passport, with which you would like to travel to Germany*
- Birth certificate*) of the applicant*
- Two (2) declarations according to § 54 AufenthG, fully completed, signed and dated (You can download this form from the German Embassy’s website.)
- Two (2) photocopies of the federal identity card (front and back pages) OR passport and registration card of the person living in Germany and, where applicable,*
- a photocopy of your his/her valid residence permit in Germany; these documents do not have to be authenticated*
- Informal invitation letter from the person living in Germany, with whom the applicant wishes to be reunited, confirming the wish to live together in Germany*
- Two (2) photocopies of all original documents (except the application form and declaration; passport: only the data page)*
- Visa fee €75 (applicants below 18 years: €30), payable in cash in Philippine peso at the current exchange rate. The visa fee is waived for spouses of German citizens as well as for parents of German minors and family members of EU citizens.
TO THE SPOUSE (This is YOU) (also for applicants with previous residence permits):
- Marriage certificate*) of the applicant (if the marriage took place in Germany, the German marriage certificate – “Heiratsurkunde” – is accepted as a photocopy copy or fax)*
- PSA Index certificate*) CRS Form No. 4 (CENOMAR) or PSA CRS Form No. 5 Advisory on Marriages regarding the appearance of the applicant’s name in the National Indices of Marriages; this document must not be older than six (6) months from the date of issuance.*
- If married abroad “Report of Marriage” (also PSA), to be applied for at competent PHL consulate. *
- Proof of the visa applicant’s basic knowledge of the German language (equivalent to level A1 of the European language norm), recently issued by ALTE-certified tester. It is not possible to submit the document at a later date.)
IMPORTANT: The A1 Certificate is a MUST and NECESSARY for the FRV application. Without it, your application won’t be accepted or processed until it is provided. Also, provide only what is asked. For example, if it was written that ALL DOCUMENTS must be submitted in ORIGINAL COPIES and 2 photocopies of each, then that’s exactly what you should be submitting. The Embassy won’t ask for more or less unless stated otherwise. Remember, 1 original copy and 2 photocopies of each document.
July 17, 2019, the day of my appointment. I was scheduled between 9:00 to 10:30am. Equipped with my documents, I made sure to come early as being late may result in me losing my chances. The security staff don’t allow applicants to enter the Embassy way early. I was 30 minutes early, so the guard requested me to come back 15 minutes before the appointment.
When I finally entered, I was given a number then I waited to be called. The first four windows are only for application while window 5 is for any additional documents, clarification, or picking up of passport.
Finally, my number was called. I handed all my documents to the Consul. She carefully scrutinized them one by one but good thing, all of my documents are complete.
TIPS: Arrange your documents in order like how it was written on the website. Make sure you have a checklist so you won’t miss a single document. Also, fill out the form neatly. If you’re not sure of what to write or answer in the form, you can leave it blank then ask the Consul for clarification to avoid making unnecessary mistakes.
After checking, the Consul told me that she will conduct a short interview right there and then. She asked many things about my relationship with my husband, such as how we met, our wedding, etc. You can click here for the full script of the interview. (insert link)
They have thoroughly checked all my documents. There’s just one small problem; my names on my birth certificate and CENOMAR didn’t match so they required me to provide a new one.
What was wrong with the birth certificate and CENOMAR?
Birth certificate: Catherine S. Mendoza
CENOMAR: Catherine Salvador Mendoza
The Embassy wanted it to match exactly as it is written. They gave me a week to do this and to return the documents.
I had to ask PSA for another copy of both, gladly we have a friend who works at PSA Calasiao so it wasn’t very difficult for me to get one. I returned to the Embassy four days later to submit both documents.
GOING BACK TO EMBASSY
After everything was set, I was informed that I would get a result in 1 to 3 months. They stamped my passport just like this. (insert photo)
At this point, they won’t be collecting your passport yet.
On August 15, I received an email from Embassy that my visa is ready. I could not contain my excitement. It was less than a month of waiting. The email asked how did I want to bring my passport to them; by bringing it to them in person or through courier. I chose to return to the Embassy to personally submit my passport. They then told me to come back after 5 working days.
After 5 days, I returned again to the Embassy and finally got my passport with a Spouse Visa to Deutschland.
And here are my answers to the common questions regarding FRV
( Family Reunion Visa)
Disclaimer: Everything written here is based on experience. The processes, documents and other related concerns may vary from applicants to applicants. Always check the official websites for updated information.
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