Germany shared in a recent report that in 2022, the visa offices in foreign embassies and consulates granted a significant number of visas for 'reuniting spouses'. These visas that are granted are part of Germany's family reunion visa program, and we Indians received the highest number of these visas.
According to the country's Federal Foreign Office, in the year 2022, Germany issued a total of 71,129 visas for the purpose of reuniting spouses among foreign nationals, as reported by SchengenVisaInfo.com.
This number was significantly higher than the previous year, and here's what else the data says:
For you to be eligible for a family reunion visa to Germany based on your relative, spouse, or partner's residency in the country, the following prerequisites need to be met:
1. Residence authorisation: Your family member in Germany must possess a valid residence permit.
2. Health coverage: Adequate health insurance coverage for people coming to Germany is required.
3. Financial verification: The individual should have the financial capability.
4. Adequate accommodation: There must be sufficient living space for your stay.
If you are joining your spouse/partner who is living and working in Germany, you must initially be over the age of 18 and have basic knowledge of the German language.
If your spouse/civil partner belongs to one of the following categories, there is no age nor language requirement:
If your partner was issued a residence permit while you were married, then you can get the permit as well, if you simply fulfil the requirements. On the other hand, if your spouse was awarded the permit after you were married, then you might have to wait for two years until you can apply. So clearly, marriage should be basic reason why you want a visa for Germany.
To know more, you can always check with the respective embassies or visit schengenvisa.com.
Indians also topped the list when it came to work visas, of course. Last year, Germany granted a total of 1,52,336 work visas.
Moreover, a high number of visas were issued for study purposes. Germany issued 71,018 national study visas in 2022, with students from India, Türkiye, and China being the main beneficiaries.