If the principal applicant, who originates from an ethnic German, enters the country under §4, the wife of the late resettler is assigned §7 or §8. This applies equally to the husband of a woman participating in the program. Once the status is granted, it is impossible to change the paragraph, so it is worth considering the pros and cons of the new provision in advance.
- Marriage of more than 3 years - The spouses of late immigrants are assigned §7. This entitles them to German citizenship, passport and to attend integration courses. It is not necessary to renounce their previous citizenship. The same section of the law also applies to children of late resettlers who were born before leaving for Germany and other direct descendants who have not left the former Soviet Union for a long time.
- Marriage was concluded less than 3 years ago at the time of application - spouses expect §8, i.e. they enter Germany as foreign nationals without obtaining citizenship and identity cards (Ausweiss). It is possible to obtain a German passport in the fourth year of marriage at the earliest after 2 years of residence in the country.
The work experience obtained in the home country is not counted for the spouses of the principal applicant.