Information on Visa to join your spouse
(Effective: February 2021)
This leaflet, other forms and the visa appointments are free of charge.
To apply for a visa to join your spouse, the following documents have to be provided by the applicant. For all documents that are not in English or German, applicants must also provide a translation into English or German by a translator who is certified in an EU country, plus one copy of the Translation.
- Two application forms (category D), completely filled out and signed by Hand;
- Two recent biometrical passport photos (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm) with a light background (see www.bundesdruckerei.de);
- Valid passport or other valid travel document and two copies of the passport’s identity page;
- Ethiopian ID-card (original and two copies);
- Civil marriage certificate (original and two copies);
- When joining a German partner: passport or identity card of the German partner (two certified copies);
- When joining a partner who is not a German citizen: proof of residence status of the partner living in Germany (copy of passport and residence ID);
- “Meldebescheinigung” of the partner living in Germany (original and two copies);
- When joining a German partner or a partner who is not an EU-citizen: income statements of the last three months and rental agreement (two copies each);
- Evidence of German language proficiency (original and two copies): recognised language certificate of level A1 German (Goethe-Institut, Telc, ÖSD or TestDaF), not older than six months. A test for this certificate can currently be taken at the Goethe-Institute in Addis Ababa. Other exam providers in Ethiopia are not known to the Embassy. You can find more details with regard to language proficiency requirements on the information sheet (in German) provided on the Website of the Federal Office for Migration: You will also find information in which cases you do not have to provide prove of German language skills.
- Fees of EUR 75 - (payable in ETB at the Embassy’s exchange rate at the time of the application), unless the spouse in Germany is a German or EU Citizen;
Digital prints of all ten fingers will be taken at the time of the application.
Note: In particular cases, the Embassy reserves the right to request further documentation.