Formal obligation or Verpflichtung for German tourist visa

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So my husband has been here in Germany for 5yrs as a military and we would like to invite two of our friends from the Philippines to come over and spend their holiday here. In the German tourist visa requirements part of it is obtaining a formal obligation from the German govt for €25 and that's okay. My question is can the American citizens do that? 

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Yes, if he can prove that he is living here legally.

 

The whole point of the Verpflichtungserklärung is that you declare that you will cover any costs if something happens (They get sick, and need to be treaded at the hospital, they do "a runner" and continue to stay in D illegally, that you will cover for the flight home if they get robbed etc.), so you have to bring some kind of proof of income. If his income is "beefier" than yours, it might be better if he goes there.   

 

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 In the German tourist visa requirements part of it is obtaining a formal obligation from the German govt for €25 and that's okay. My question is can the American citizens do that? 

 

Do either of you have an Aufenhaltstitel for Germany?

 

Yes, if he can prove that he is living here legally.

 

However, if he is covered under the SOFA he is not legally resident in Germany.

 

The whole point of the Verpflichtungserklärung is that you declare that you will cover any costs if something happens (They get sick, and need to be treaded at the hospital, they do "a runner" and continue to stay in D illegally, that you will cover for the flight home if they get robbed etc.), so you have to bring some kind of proof of income. If his income is "beefier" than yours, it might be better if he goes there.   

Technically the German authorities are only allowed to issue a VE with verified income if the income is pfändbar in Germany.

 

First the OP needs to clarify whether or not they are legally resident in Germany. If they are resident, the usual rules apply. If they are under the SOFA, they should ask the legal department on base for advice.

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Lets' clarify: Verpflichtungseklärung is not required for getting a tourist (or any other) visa. The reason why many people do it is that it increases the probability of visa approval in poor countries. But that doesn't mean one can't get a tourist visa without it.

 

Will your friends stay at your place? You can simply write a written declaration about it, attach your rental contract (or whatever other proof of residence you have) and copies of your passport. That can help.

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It is either VE or proof of paid hotel bookings plus proof of enough savings. Informal letters do not help since around 2003.

Informal letters are only helpful to people who DO NOT need a visa and are entering Schengen with very little own money.

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