Marriage to an Austrian Citizen

  • Austria is located in central Europe north of Italy and Slovenia
  • The west and south are in the famous Alps making the country mountainous and a world famous tourist attraction for skiing enthusiasts. The climate in Austria is temperate continental, cloudy and cold winters with rain and some snowfall in the lowlands. The summers are moderately rainy.
  • The official currency is the Euro

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to an Austrian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps. 

You must demonstrate to Austrian officials that they are not currently married to anyone else - either you have never been married or all divorces are finalized - that your identity is proven, and that you have never committed any crimes in Austria. This is done by providing various documents including an Affidavit of Single Status to the Austrian government either in Austria or via an Austrian embassy.

If you want to bring your Austrian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA page.

See sample sponsorship application


Austrian Marriage Basic Requirements

Couples planning to get married in Austria should be happy to know that civil marriages are legal in Austria and they can be done at the vital statistics office.

The legal marrying age in Austria is 18 years but persons who are 16 years can marry with a written and notarized consent from parents if the other spouse is 18 years old.

The ceremony is conducted by an official Austrian interpreter at the couple’s expense unless they speak German.

The requirements to get the visa are:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of residence, driver’s license or latest tax slip
  • Proof of divorce is divorced or death certificate if widowed
  • Other documents other than the passport not in German should be translated.


Austrian Marriage Ceremony

The marriage ceremony to an Austrian citizen can legally take place in Austria, Canada, or any other country as long as both parties have the necessary visas to enter this country legally. This marriage can then be recognized when applying for a permanent residence or a visitor visa for your Austrian spouse. To learn more about cereomny customs, see below.

Family Members

If your Austrian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Austrian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry an Austrian citizen.

How long is the Austrian Marriage document valid?

The document is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. If you do not marry your Austrian fiancé within 6 months of the issuance of the Austrian Marriage document, you must apply again with new supporting documents.

List of Austrian Consulates in Canada

Austrian Embassy in Ottawa, Canada


Calling Austria

The country code for Austria is 43 so  dial 011 – 43 – area code – local number

Some area codes are:

CITY                                       CODE     CITY                                       CITY       CITY                       CODE

Baden bei Wien                      2252       Krems an der Donau               2732      Thuringen               5550

Bad Gastein                           6434       Krumpendorf                          4229      Tulln                       2272

Graz                                      316        Linz                                        732        Velden                    4274

Horn                                     2982       Linz                                        70          Vienna                    1

Innsbruck                              512         Lofer                                      6588       Villach                    4242

Kitzbuhel                               5356       Neunkirchen                           2653        Weis                      7242

Klagenfurt                             4222        Salzburg                                662         Zell am See             6542

Klosterneuburg                      2243       Sankt Polten                           2742        Zwetendorf             2277



The Canadian Embassy in Vienna

Visa Section

Laurenzerberg 2

1010 Vienna


Tel:   +43 1 53138-3010

Fax:  +43 1 53138-3911

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