Your Minor Child with EU/EEA Nationality – Joining Your Child in Germany: A Visa for Your Child

If you’re a parent of a minor child who is a national of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and you want to join them in Germany, then you’re probably wondering what kind of visa you need. We’ll answer your questions here so you can make your child’s dreams of being with you in Germany come true.

What Is an EU or EEA National?

An EU/EEA national is a citizen of any EU country or member state of the EEA. The EEA is made up of the EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland. To be eligible, you must have lived in an EU or EEA country for at least five years, including at least one year of uninterrupted residency.

My Minor Child is an EU/EEA National – What Do I Need to Know?

If your child is an EU/EEA national and you wish to join them in Germany, then you do not need to obtain a visa. However, there are a number of other steps you must take in order to be able to stay in Germany:

  • Register with the local German authorities
  • Obtain a valid passport
  • Apply for a residence permit
  • Apply for a work permit, if you plan to work in Germany

Registering with the Local German Authorities

You must register with the local German authorities as soon as you arrive in Germany. This is done by filling out the German Residents’ Registration Form. The form must be stamped by the local government office and then returned. You should also make sure to keep a copy for your records.

Obtaining a Valid Passport

You must also obtain a valid passport in order to stay in Germany. This is done by submitting your application to the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Germany.

Applying for a Residence Permit

You must also apply for a residence permit in order to stay in Germany for more than three months. The residence permit is issued by the local German authorities after you have registered with them. The residence permit grants you the right to stay in Germany for a maximum of five years.

Applying for a Work Permit

If you plan to work in Germany, then you must also apply for a work permit. This is done by submitting your application to the local German authorities. The work permit must be valid for the duration of your stay in Germany.

FAQs

Q: What is the German Residents’ Registration Form?
A: The German Residents’ Registration Form is a form that must be completed in order for you to register with the local German authorities. The form must be stamped by the local government office and then returned. You should keep a copy for your records.

Q: How do I obtain a valid passport?
A: You can obtain a valid passport by submitting your application to the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Germany.

Q: What is the residence permit?
A: The residence permit is issued by the local German authorities after you have registered with them. The residence permit grants you the right to stay in Germany for a maximum of five years.

Q: What is the work permit?
A: The work permit is a permit that allows you to work in Germany for a maximum of five years. The work permit must be applied for at the local German authorities.

Conclusion

In conclusion, if your minor child is an EU/EEA national and you wish to join them in Germany, then you do not need to obtain a visa. However, you must take a number of other steps in order for you to be able to stay in Germany, such as registering with the local German authorities, obtaining a valid passport, applying for a residence permit, and applying for a work permit, if necessary. It’s important to remember that all the paperwork must be completed and submitted before you arrive in Germany.

We hope this overview has been helpful in answering your questions about joining your minor child in Germany if they are an EU/EEA national.

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