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Germany can't require language skill for family visas, court rules
Germany can't require language skill for family visas, court rules

Germany's practice of imposing a language proficiency test on Turks applying for family reunification visas is contrary to European Union values and agreements, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday. The ruling directly applies only to the German government's requirement that family members of German-resident Turks and other non-EU citizens prove they have basic German-language proficiency to qualify for a visa. But as other countries in the 28-member European Union also impose language-based tests on visas and citizenship, the ruling from Brussels could foreshadow the judges' thinking on laws throughout the bloc that condition legal residency on mastery of the official tongue....

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