Marriage / Families / Partnership
There are many facilities offering help and support for families and in matters relating to marriage and partnership. On the following pages you will find information about the different counselling services.
How can I bring my family to Germany?
Family reunification is not possible until you have been recognized as a person entitled to asylum or as a refugee. From this point on, you can submit an application for family reunification under simplified conditions in the first three months. After three months, you must meet more requirements. In this case, contact the immigration counselling centres listed under "Arriving in Freiburg". They will help you with the application.
Exception: This regulation does not apply to persons who have received a residence permit after 17.03.2016. Ask your Social Service Centre to what extent you are affected by this regulation [see also Residence Act Sect. 104 (13)].
Those who want to get married can get advice from the registrar's office. The documents you need to get married will vary, because the national law of the country of origin has to be considered when getting married.
Go to the registry office in person (during consulting hours, no appointment necessary) to get advice and a list of all the documents you need.
In Germany, unmarried adult same-sex partners who are not related can establish a "registered civil partnership" according to the Civil Partnership Act. This provides legal protection for your relationship.
The registry offices can issue international birth, marriage and death certificates on request (no extra charge). International certificates are written in nine languages.
Children aged 0 to 6 can visit a day-care facility or kindergarten where they, together with other children, are cared for by educators. If you have a child of this age, you should contact your Social Service Centre. They will try to get a place for your child in a day-care facility or kindergarten in corporation with the municipality.