German language requirements for family/spouse reunificiations

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Applicants for family reunification visas are required to prove sufficient basic knowledge of German upon application. The purpose of this language requirement is to ensure better integration of the foreign spouse in Germany.

Visa applicants are required to present the certificate “Start Deutsch 1” issued by the Goethe-Institut. Costs related to German classes and the exam are to be covered by the applicant.