Marriage to a Slovakian Citizen
Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Slovakian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.
If you want to bring your Slovakian 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 article.
If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Slovakian spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.
An eTA application for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing is granted instantaneously if approved.
Slovakia Marriage Basic Requirements
A marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreigner is regulated by pertinent provisions of the Act on Family and the Act on Registry Offices.
Documents for Marriage in Slovakia
A foreigner is obliged to submit the following documents to the locally competent Registry Office not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony:
- Birth certificate – this document shall include personal data of a foreigner – date and place of birth as well as the personal data of parents. If the birth certificate does not include personal data of both parents, the marriage certificate of the parents will be required.
- Document which proves the legal capacity of the foreigner to enter into a marriage – such a document is an evidence of the fact that there are no legal impediments which would prevent this person marrying, and must include: name, surname, date and place of birth, citizenship, address of permanent residence, marital status, and an affirmation that the foreigner has a legal capacity to conclude a marriage pursuant to the legislation of the home country. This document will be issued by the Registry Office of the foreigner’s country of origin or, for some countries; such documents can be issued by embassies.
- Proof of citizenship – valid passport
- Proof of legal stay in Slovakia – visa, temporary residence permit, card of a refugee etc.
- Proof of marital status (see the point no.2)
- Death certificate of a deceased spouse – if the foreigner is widowed
- Divorce decree – if the foreigner is divorced (or a court decision about the annulment of a previous marriage)
- ID or passport
Documents must be translated into Slovak by an official translator certified by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic and the translated documents must be signed by the certified translator and must include a round seal.
If your Slovakian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Slovakian Marriage document application.
If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Slovakian citizen.
List of Slovakian Consulates in Canada
Calling Slovakia from Canada
011 - 421 - Area Code - local number
Area Codes for major centres in Slovakia
|Banska Bystrica||48||Liptovsky Mikulas||44||Rimavska Sobota||47|
|Dubnica nad Vahom||42||Nove Zamky||35||Spisska Nova Ves||53|
|Komarno||35||Povazska Bystrica||42||Vranov nad Toplou||57|
Cellular phones use the code 9.
Calling Canada from Slovakia
00 - 1 - Area Code - local number
- 00- Exit code for Slovakia, and is needed for making any international call from Slovakia
- 1 - ISD Code or Country Code of Canada
Area Codes of Canada
403 / 587 (southern Alberta)
587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)
236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)
236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)
226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)
249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)
289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)
343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)
416 / 647 (Toronto)
807 (northwestern Ontario)
|Manitoba||204 / 431||PEI||782 / 902|
418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)
438 / 514 (Montreal)
450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)
819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)
|Newfoundland and Labrador||709||Saskatchewan||306 / 639|
|Nova Scotia||782 / 902|
Slovakia is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Europe's Daylight Saving Time differs slightly from North America's; in late October and late March the below differences are off by one hour. Saskatchewan does not participate in DST so add 1 hour in the summer.
|Canadian Time Zone||
# of Hours Slovakia is Ahead
|Pacific (BC, Yukon)||9 hours|
|Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan)||8 hours|
|Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan*)||7 hours|
|Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec)||6 hours|
|Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec)||5 hours|
Emergency Information for Canadians in Slovakia
Office of the Embassy of Canada in Bratislava
Carlton Savoy Building
Telephone: 421 (2) 5920-4031
Emergency Numbers in Slovakia
- 112 - emergency operator (general)
- 150 - emergency operator (fire brigade)
- 155 - emergency operator (ambulance)
- 158 - emergency operator (police)
- 159 - emergency operator (city police)
The Government of Canada's Travel Alerts for Canada
Sponsoring Your Slovakian Spouse to Come to Canada
The sponsorship process is long and can be stressful. To learn more about applying, click the button below:
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