Residence permit for spouses and children of trainees, students, academics and teachers

Issuing or extending a residence permit

for spouses, same-sex life partners or children of foreigners who hold a residence permit and

  • are starting or completing a degree or have successfully completed it, or
  • are completing a vocational training and advanced training course, or
  • are staying in Germany in order to obtain recognition of their foreign professional qualification, or
  • are working in the fields of research and teaching as guest academics or as members of academic or technicalstaff, with an employment contract at a university or public research institution, or
  • are working as teachers at a state school, a state-approved private replacement school (Ersatzschule) or a recognized private supplementary school (Ergänzungsschule), or as German language teachers at a university.

Important note:
Does the relative with whom you want to live in Berlin have

  • a residence permit for a different reason, or
  • a permanent residence title, or
  • German citizenship?

If so, please read on:Residence permit for spouses, parents and children (general)


  • Main residence in Berlin
    A second home in Berlin is not sufficient.
  • Joint visit of the family
    You can only submit your application to us on site in person (from 4 July 2016: at the Berlin-Charlottenburg site, Keplerstraße 2). If possible, please make an appointment to do this.
  • Living in a family unit
    You live together in a common housing.

Documents required

  • Application form
    See the “Forms” section.
    Please fill in one form for each person who wishes to apply for a residence permit.
    (not necessary for the extension of the residence permit)
  • Valid passport
  • current biometric photo
    The photograph must be current. It must also fulfill the photograph requirements for electronic passports. The photo sample page (Foto-Mustertafel) of the German Federal Printing Office (Bundesdruckerei)includes the individual requirements.
  • To join your spouse: marriage certificate
    (not necessary for the extension of the residence permit)
  • To join your same sex civil partner: partnership certificate
    (not necessary for the extension of the residence permit)
  • In certain circumstances: proof of custody
    If you want to join one of your parents in Berlin, and the other parent does not live in Germany.
    (not necessary for the extension of the residence permit)
  • For all foreign documents: translation, possibly with an additional apostil or confirmation of authenticity (issued by a German consular official)
    Please provide an authenticated translation of all foreign documents.
    Depending on your country of origin, you may also need an apostil or confirmation of authenticity (issued by a German consular official) for your document(s). You can find out more about this at the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), for example.
  • Lease that states the current rental cost
  • Health insurance
    Proof of a secure livelihood must also include sufficient health insurance. Those with statutory health insurance are sufficiently insured. Those with private health insurance must consider the type and extent of their health insurance.
    Please read the leaflet for more information.
  • Proof that the livelihood of the family is / has been secured
    • Employees: Employment contract, current certificate of employment (not older than 14 days), last 6 salary slips
    • Students and trainees: e.g. bank statements of the last six months / scholarship / blocked account (Sperrkonto) at a German Bank / submission of a declaration of commitment by a third party on an official form / other proofs of income
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence (Meldebestätigung) or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord


The following fees are assessed based on the actual technical effort when extending the residence permit.

For the first issuance of the residence permit:
  • Adults: 56.00 to 100.00 euros
  • Minors: 28.00 to 50.00 euros
  • Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros

For the extension of the residence permit:
  • Adults: 49.00 to 96.00 euros
  • Minors: 24.50 to 48.00 euros
  • Turkish citizens: a maximum of 28.80 euros

Average time to process request

To ensure timely renewal of your current visa or residence permit an appointment should be made 4-6 weeks before the expiry date.

Responsible authorities

You can only make use of this service at the

Foreigners Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) of the State Administration Authority (Landesamt für Bürger- und
at the Berlin-Charlottenburg site, Keplerstraße 2 (from 4 July 2016).

Show other authorities offering these services on the main Service Portal.