Immigration: EU on visas for family, no language obligations

Germany's request for Turkish spouses to speak German illegal

10 July, 15:16

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 10 - Germany's request for spouses to have a basic knowledge of German in order to be granted a visa and join Turkish family on its territory goes against EU legislation, the Court of Justice ruled on Thursday in the case of a Turkish woman who wants to reunite with her husband. Since 2007, Germany has required spouses of foreign residents to have a basic knowledge of German in order to be granted a visa. The measure was aimed at countering forced marriages and favoring integration but ''goes beyond what is necessary to reach the objective pursued'', since the lack of proof of sufficient linguistic knowledge automatically leads to the rejection of an application to join a family member, without taking into account specific circumstances, the Court said.

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