Information about German language ability related to spouse immigration

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    If the husband or wife are living outside Germany and Want to join their spouse in Germany, they must first demonstrate a basic proficiency of the German language prior to their departure. This is a requirement for the issue of a residency permit, which they will need to enter Germany.

    The Goethe-Institut examination is accepted as proof of these basic German language skills. You can find answers to some of the frequently asked questions concerning this examination, the reunion of a spouse, and even a sample exam.
    We would be pleased to provide further assistance via telephone:

    Hotline: Spouse immigration: + 49 89 15921-204
    (in German)

    Tuesday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
    Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    ehegattennachzug@goethe.de

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