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.

Familiennachzug (Subsequent immigration of family members)

In order to protect marriage and the family in accordance with Article 6 of the German constitution, the Basic Law, migrants living in Germany can be joined by their dependents so that they can live together as a family. The subsequent immigration of families is regulated in Section 27 of the Residence Act. Family members who immigrate subsequently into Germany initially have no independent right of residence: their residence permit is dependent on the continued existence of the marriage/family relationship. This means that in the event of divorce, for example, an independent right of residence – separate from the initial right of residence for the purpose of family reunification – is granted only if the marriage had lasted for a minimum of three years while the spouses were living in Germany. This independent right of residence is initially granted for one year only.

Family members may only engage in gainful employment if the migrant whom they have joined is permitted to work.

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