European court rules Germany's language law illegal

A Turkish national who has been residing in Germany since 1998 challenged Germany's visa laws after his wife was denied a visa in 2012 because she could not speak German.

European court rules Germany's language law illegal

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Court of Justice has found Germany's demand for spouses of Turkish nationals living in the country to be able to speak basic German in order to obtain a family reunification visa illegal.

Germany has demanded basic German language skills in an effort to prevent forced marriage and promote integration since 2007, but this was challenged by a Turkish national who has been residing in Germany since 1998 after his wife was denied a visa in 2012.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that the law contradicted European Union (EU) law because of an agreement the European Union made with Turkey in the 1970s to allow Turkish workers to settle in Europe.

"(Even) on the assumption that the grounds set out by the German Government (prevention of forced marriages) can constitute overriding reasons in the public interest, it remains the case that a national provision such as the language requirement at issue goes beyond what is necessary," the ECJ said.

Daily Sabah reported that the authorities would need to assess the whole picture, rather than automatically not granting a family reunification visa if the applicant did not speak German.

Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2014, 15:27
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