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residency permit card for family members of nationals of EU member states (eccept Germany), Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein (EEA states)

Please note: This service is not available for family members (spouses, parents, children) of German citizens. If you are a family member of a German citizen, please read the following information and apply for a Residence permit for spouses, parents and children

The residence card is issued to family members who

  • are not nationals of a Member State of the European Union - EU or the European Economic Area - EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)

and

  • who are cohabiting as a family with a citizen of the EU or the EEA
  • who is entitled to free movement.

The residence card is generally issued for 5 years. It certifies the right of entry and residence. Any gainful employment (employment or self-employment) is therefore permitted.

Family members of Germans do not receive a residence card in pursuance of the Freizügigkeitsgesetz [Freedom of Movement Act]. They may receive a residence permit in pursuance of the Aufenthaltsgesetz [Residence Act], if they are not themselves EU or EEA citizens (see under 'More information').

Prerequisites

  • Family member is not an EU or EEA citizen
  • Right of freedom of movement applies
    Family members only enjoy a right of residence derived from the EU/EEA citizen, if the latter enjoys the right to free movement, e.g. as
    • an employee
    • a self-employed person
    • a non-employed person
  • Family relationship with a citizen of the EU (except Germany) or EEA
    Family members in pursuance of the Freedom of Movement Act are, in particular,

    • spouses/same-sex registered life partners or
    • minor, unmarried children or
    • parents

    Family members of Germans do not receive a residence card in pursuance of the Freedom of Movement Act. They may receive a residence permit in pursuance of the Residence Act, if they are not themselves EU or EEA citizens (see under 'More information').
  • Living in a family unit
    The family member and the EU/EEA citizen must be living in a family unit in Berlin.
  • Main residence in Berlin
  • A personal interview is required

Documents required

  • Valid passport
  • 1 current biometric photo
    35mm x 45mm, frontal shot with neutral facial expression and closed mouth, looking straight into the camera, light background
  • form "Angaben zur Ausstellung einer Aufenthaltskarte" (filled out)
  • Proof of relationship
    i.e. certificate of birth, marriage certificate, partnership certificate
  • Proof of registered residence of the EU or EEA citizen
  • Proof of the right to free movement of the EU/EEA citizen
    In individual cases, proof of the right of freedom of movement of the EU/EEA citizen may be required. Please therefore bring the following documents with you:

    • for employees: confirmation from the employer of the appointment or employment
    • for self-employed workers: business registration, tax number, current tax demand
    • for non-employed persons: proof of health insurance and means of subsistence
  • Proof of main residence in Berlin
    • Certificate of registration at the main residence or
    • lease and written confirmation of occupancy from the landlord

Fees

From 1 September 2017:
  • 10.00 to 28.80 euros (depending on the technical effort)