Declaration of commitment (invitation for visitors from abroad)

Declaration of commitment (invitation for visitors from abroad)

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Declaration of commitment (invitation for visitors from abroad)

Do you want to invite friends or relatives from a non-EU country and they need a visa? Will your guests be staying for up to 90 days and are not able to prove sufficient financial means to the German diplomatic mission?

 

If the answer is “yes”, then your guest needs a declaration of commitment from you.

 

See below for detailed information about the declaration of commitment.

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If you want to invite friends or relatives from a non-EU country for up to 90 days and they need a visa, then your guest needs a declaration of commitment ("Verpflichtungserklärung") from you in which you state, that you will pay the costs that come from the visit. You need to send this statement to the correct German mission abroad when you apply for the visa.

 
You can send this statement to us up to six months before your guest plans to enter the country. You can hand this statement in to any Frankfurt Citizens’ Office (“Bürgeramt”).

Please note that you (the host) need to sign the statement at the Citizens’ Office in person. You cannot ask someone else to do it for you.


 

Note for foreign hosts:

If you have a tourist visa or certificate of toleration ("Duldung"), you cannot provide a declaration of commitment.

 


Verifying financial status:

The Citizens' Office will have to look at your money status before you can submit a declaration of commitment.

Your average net income will be compared with maintenance necessities. The “seizure exemption limit” found on §§ 850 et seq. Code of Civil Procedure ("ZPO") will be followed.

If you have enough seizable income, you can provide a declaration of commitment. You cannot add the income of a third person. But two people can together invite one guest.


In this case, a declaration of commitment must be provided for each party. Each person doing a statement will be charged € 29. Whoever is sponsoring needs to attend in person. You can only “invite” guests like this if everyone sending a statement does not have a big enough income on their own.

 

If one person has enough income, they must invite the guest alone.

Exception for married couples:

In this case, it is fine for one spouse to come and also bring the following:

  • salary proof
  • a declaration of consent
  • an identity document
  • signatures on the “Declaration and instructions of the person submitting the declaration of commitment” (“Erklärung und Belehrung des Verpflichtungsgebers”) of the other spouse

But the spouse who comes to us must have at least a minor source of income of their own. 


Please note:
The decision on whether to issue a visa is made by the German mission abroad.

If you want more information on how your financial status will be looked at, go to the "Nationally standardised instruction sheet (“Bundeseinheitliches Merkblatt”) – see below.


Scope and duration of obligations

By sending the declaration of commitment, you enter into financial agreements with the Immigration Office ("Ausländerbehörde") or the Foreign Representative Office ("Auslandsvertretung"). These generally include:

  • the total cost of living for the guest
  • the guest's full medical expenses in the event of illness (we suggest that you take out health insurance for their visit)
  • the costs of any court-ordered enforcement of the guest's agreement to leave the country in line with §§ 66, 67 Residence Act ("AufenthG")

These obligations apply, no matter the period of validity of the visa, for the entire stay, including times of possible illegal residence.
The person in these obligations must sign a written declaration that they have been made aware of the scope of their obligations.

More information on the scope and duration of the agreements can be found in the "Nationally standardised instruction sheet” in English and in French under "Applications and forms". 

 

Required documents

  • Original proof of net income for the last three months (bank statements are not enough)
    Pensioners: Pension notification
    Self-employed persons: Certificate from a tax consultant or tax assessment from the tax office (not older than two years)
  • Valid identification document (for foreign citizens, a residence permit is also needed)
  • Information about the guest (first name, last name, date and place of birth, address in the home country, passport number) (see the form: Invitation of guests requiring a visa – Declaration of commitment)
  • Information about the stay (arrival date, how long they will stay) (see the form: Invitation of guests requiring a visa – Declaration of commitment)
  • Statement and instruction of the party submitting their declaration (see the form: Declaration and instruction of the party submitting their declaration)
  • Statement of consent, declaration and instruction of the party submitting their declaration with the signature of the spouse and identification document of the spouse (if the spouse’s income is going to be used) (see the correct forms)

Fees

€ 29.00

Legal basis

§ 68 Residence Act ("§ 68 Aufenthaltsgesetz")