Thousands of Afghan citizens are reportedly waiting for the appointment date to apply for a German visa under the family reunification program, according to German media.

The inability to leave Afghanistan under Taliban authority, according to Deutsche Welle, is one of the issues.

Approximately 5,000 Afghan citizens are reported to be registered at the German embassies in Islamabad and New Delhi’s visa offices.

According to the German government, 3,455 people in Islamabad and nearly 1,500 in New Delhi have registered and are awaiting their turn.

Afghan citizens must apply for family reunification visas through the German embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad after the German embassy visa office in Kabul closed in 2017.

The German government has said that in order to facilitate this process, visa offices have been directed to “make full use of their authority”.

The time-consuming document evaluation will be suspended, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will begin processing the applications, according to reports.

The difficulty of leaving family reunification visa applicants out of Afghanistan, particularly women who desire to travel alone, has been noted by the German government as a key impediment to the procedure.

The Taliban, on the other hand, will not let them leave Afghanistan without a passport, and obtaining one is a difficult and time-consuming process.


  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).