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The visa section of the German Embassy in Kabul remains closed to visitors due to severe damage from the bomb attack on May 31, 2017. The same applies to the Consulate General of Mazar-e-Sharif. This means that it is currently not possible to apply for a visa for the purpose of family reunification within Afghanistan.

Applications for family reunification are at the German diplomatic missions in New Delhi (India) and Islamabad (Pakistan) processed. For this purpose, family members who want to join must apply Enter the waiting list for new applications for family reunification on the website of the German Embassy in Kabul.

People who already on the appointment list of the German Embassy in Kabul were registered or already one specific date assigned for a personal interview after June 1st, 2017 have to act again and get into the aforementioned Enter the waiting list. As part of the re-registration, this group of people will be informed that indicate the corresponding reference ID of the previous registrationso that a preferred appointment can be made.

In terms of making an appointment, it is sufficient one appointment per family to book. However, it is important to state the number, names and passport numbers of the family members, as this is the only way to ensure that all persons are allowed access to the diplomatic mission abroad. Solo travelers Minors must be accompanied by an adult to apply to the diplomatic mission abroad. According to the Federal Foreign Office, an informal power of attorney from the parents to the third person is sufficient.

As part of the registration for a preliminary interview, it must also be specified at which German diplomatic mission abroad the visa application should be submitted. It is not possible to change the specified diplomatic mission at a later date. In this context, it should also be noted that Afghan nationals need a visa to enter India and Pakistan. Such an entry visa to apply for a visa in a third country can be applied for at the diplomatic missions of the named countries in Afghanistan.

Visaapplicationsfor the purpose of family reunification, which before May 31, 2017 at the German Embassy in Kabul, should now processed in the headquarters of the Foreign Office in Berlin become. In this context, the Federal Foreign Office expressly points out that in these cases no new application required at another German diplomatic mission abroad but would only lead to a delay in the proceedings.

Note! Family members who have the Reunification with persons entitled to subsidiary protection can register on the waiting list to become a beneficiary of subsidiary protection. The first dates for submitting applications to the German diplomatic missions in New Delhi and Islamabad are to be set for the beginning of March. For this purpose, IOM has already started to contact relatives for whom an appointment request has been registered, see minutes of the 76th meeting of the German Bundestag on January 30, 2019 (p.8913f.).

Operates as part of the Family Support Program (FAP) IOM a Service center in Kabul, in order to support family members from the region who are willing to join them in the reunification procedure and thus ensure that the necessary documents for submitting the application are in full at the responsible diplomatic mission at the preliminary interview. Information on how to reach the IOM-FAP center can be found in the information sheet "FAP contact information".

If people have submitted passports and other original documents to the German Embassy in Kabul as part of the visa procedure before May 31, 2017, according to the German Embassy in Kabul, the person concerned will be notified individually as soon as a return is possible. In urgent cases, it is recommended that you obtain suitable replacement / travel documents from your home country.