Afghan Other Family Reunification Long Term Visa

Najla2023 • 9 March 2023
my family attend their interview 5 months ago at the German Embassy in New Delhi for the (Other family reunification) section,
and they are currently waiting for the result of their application.
We contacted the embassy to ask about the visa application status, they say that your documents are under review at the Ausländerbehörde 
and we are waiting for the statement of this office to make a decision.
My question is, do you have information about how long it takes for the documents to be checked at the ausländerbehörde,
and what is your opinion about the possibility of approval?
Moreover, what is your suggestion to us to expedite the process of application in order to get the decision from the related office soon?

Thanks, looking forward to hear from you! 


Answers (3)


Hi Najla2023, thank you for your question! Indeed, the waiting time for family reunification for Afghan nationals often take quite a while. We usually say it takes a minimum of 12 months. But it is impossible to say exactly how long, and it is different for every embassy (Tehran, Islamabad and New Dehli). The process at the Ausländerbehörde unfortunately takes many months. The time also varies from Ausländerbehörde to Ausländerbehörde but they usually are understaffed and have a lot of applications that is why it takes so long. Unfortunately, only in extreme hardship situations and very rarely can you speed up the process of the visa procedure, this would likely include involving a lawyer.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell you whether the application for family reunion will be accepted or not. However, if the applications get rejected the foreign relations office is obliged to send you a letter and justify their decision. Then, you will have two options:
Your family members can object to this decision in writing within one month. The complaint must be submitted to the relevant German Embassy. In the complaint letter, they should explain why the rejection is not justified. Upon receipt of this letter, your relative's application will be re-examined. Either they will then receive a visa, or the complaint will also be rejected. Then your family members will receive a so-called "Remonstration Notice" (“Remonstrationsbescheid”), where the reasons for rejection are explained in detail. Your family members can appeal against this decision to the Administrative Court at your place of residence within four weeks. To do this, they would need a lawyer who can represent them.
Or you can file a complaint directly at the Administrative Court at your place of residence within four weeks. To learn more, seek advice from a lawyer.

We also have more information on family reunification for immigrants here:
You can also receive help and information from IOM, you can find their contact information in our family reunion chapter on our Afghanistan page.

I hope this information was useful. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
I hope your family can soon reunite with you
Best wishes


Hi Yara almunaizel, thanks for your reply. I have another question how do I know that our application is at which Ausländerbehörde ? So if possible i sign a lawyer to follow up on the application with the authorities.


Hi Najla2023, this depends on where the family member that is registered in Germany has made the application. So it should be the Ausländerbehörde where the family member residing in Germany is registered.

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