In order for a tourist visa to be issued, German embassies abroad typically require a declaration of commitment pursuant to Sections 66 - 68 Residence Act (AufenthG) from a person living in Germany, through which this person will bear comprehensive responsibility for all costs incurred in Germany that are attributable to the foreign visitor (e.g. meals, accommodation, the cost of medical treatment, deportation costs etc.). However, a decision regarding the issuance of a visa shall not be made by the Immigration Office, but rather exclusively by the diplomatic representation abroad. Once a declaration of commitment has been made, the mandated individual is obligated to pay all living costs for the period spanning from the time of entry up until the point in time that a person’s residency is terminated pursuant to Section 68 Residence Act (AufenthG) and in accordance with Sections 66 and 67 Residence Act (AufenthG) with regard to costs attributable to the foreign national’s departure from the country.
The following additional documentation must be provided in relation to the voluntary verification of an individual’s creditworthiness (solvency), who is subject to a declaration of commitment:
- Current proof of income for the person extending the invitation:
- For people working on a self-employed or freelance basis, a certificate of proof from a tax consultant confirming that person’s net profit from the last three months.
Furthermore, the presentation of additional verifications may be needed in order to ascertain the person’s solvency. The amount of income required hinges on the size of the family group, any existing maintenance obligations and the number of people to be invited. Further details can be obtained from the Immigration Office.
The following information is required about the individual who wishes to enter the Federal Republic of Germany:
- Last name, first name
- Date of birth, place of birth, nationality
- Residential address abroad
- Passport number (important!)
- A copy of their passport (this is desirable, in order to avoid typographical errors that could lead to a person’s visa being rejected)
Please note that the host must sign the declaration of commitment in person at the Immigration Office. Any form of representation or written power of attorney is not permitted.