German exams
Spouse immigration

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Information about German language ability related to spouse immigration

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.

Frequently asked questions