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Hello , I am a refugee in Germany. My girlfriend wants to come with me she is Turkey citizen and we want to get married in Germany. Do refugees have the right to marry foreign citizens? What can we do ?
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asked Feb 5 in Legal advice by Ataegemenn1

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Dear @Ataegemenn1,

Welcome to the Wefugees Community and thank you for reaching out to us!

In general, refugees can marry foreign citizens in Germany. However, the whole process might be not that easy, as many people struggle to provide all the required documents. Please have a look at our blog, which gives more information on this.

In theory, your girlfriend could apply for a Schengen-Visa (short-term/visiting visa) and you could get married, as soon as she is in Germany. But depending on her personal situation, she could face troubles to get the visa granted by the German embassy. Are there maybe some relatives in Germany who could support her application?

At the end, given the fact that you manage to get married, the question if she can stay in Germany on a spouse visa (in any case, she most probably would need to return to Turkey and apply for another visa category respectively) is also dependent on your specific status and residence permit. You may want to explain some more details on this. 

Would you agree @MBEon-Sophie or @mbeon-caritas?

Please get back to us if you want to discuss your situation further.

All the best,

Meike

answered Feb 7 by Meike
Hello, thank you very much for your request. As already correctly described in the first answer, refugees in Germany can marry foreign citizens.  Depending on the individual case, it is possible that the registry office "Standesamt" may require additional documents.  It is advisable to allow sufficient time for the necessary documents and for the visa.

For each one for you is usually required when registering the marriage:
completely filled out and signed form Declaration of accession "Beitrittserklärung"

certified copy of the birth entry - or in case of birth in Turkey: international birth certificate (formular A)

authenticated photocopy of passports

if your girlfriend been married before: marriage certificate(s) of the previous marriage(s) (formular B)

if you or your girl friend has been married before: proof of dissolution of all previous marriages

if you or your girlfriend has been married before and the marriage has been divorced: Notice of recognition of the foreign divorce by the competent German state judicial authority.

a certificate of residence or registration

if you already have children together: Birth certificates of all common children

for the Turkish fiancé a certificate of no impediment to marriage from the home authority

Certificates and documents in foreign languages should be accompanied by a translation.

For more information, you are welcome to contact a migration advisory centre near you. Many greetings mbeon-caritas
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+1 vote
Hello, thank you very much for your request. As already correctly described in the first answer, refugees in Germany can marry foreign citizens.  Depending on the individual case, it is possible that the registry office "Standesamt" may require additional documents.  It is advisable to allow sufficient time for the necessary documents and for the visa.

For each one for you is usually required when registering the marriage:
completely filled out and signed form Declaration of accession "Beitrittserklärung"

certified copy of the birth entry - or in case of birth in Turkey: international birth certificate (formular A)

authenticated photocopy of passports

if your girlfriend been married before: marriage certificate(s) of the previous marriage(s) (formular B)

if you or your girl friend has been married before: proof of dissolution of all previous marriages

if you or your girlfriend has been married before and the marriage has been divorced: Notice of recognition of the foreign divorce by the competent German state judicial authority.

a certificate of residence or registration

if you already have children together: Birth certificates of all common children

for the Turkish fiancé a certificate of no impediment to marriage from the home authority

Certificates and documents in foreign languages should be accompanied by a translation.

For more information, you are welcome to contact a migration advisory centre near you. Many greetings mbeon-caritas
answered Feb 10 by mbeon-caritas
Dear @mbeon-caritas, Many thanks for the very useful added info! Best wishes, Meike
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