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.
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:
- 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.
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
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
Tel: +43 1 53138-3010
Fax: +43 1 53138-3911
Immigroup will review your completed spousal sponsorship application for $550+HST. Immigroup will make sure you have not made any mistakes on your application or in gathering the documentation of your relationship. We will assess your sponsorship letter and give you peace of mind that you are submitting an application with a very good chance of success. Don't lose sleep at night worrying about whether you've done enough. Call us at 1-866-760-2623 for a review.