This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Ehegattennachzug (Spouse immigration)

Third-country nationals over the age of 18 who wish to join their husbands or wives in Germany are generally required to apply for a visa. Under legislation in force since 2007, they must also demonstrate at the time of application, i.e. before leaving their home country, that they have basic German language skills. The legal basis for spouse immigration is Article 6 of the German constitution, the Basic Law, which relates to the protection of marriage and the family. Spouse immigration is regulated in Section 30 of the Residence Act.

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 , for example, corresponds to )) level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and provides the evidence of German language proficiency that is required. It can be taken at the Goethe-Institut in the home country.

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