Marrying and Sponsoring a Slovakian Citizen

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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.


Processing Time

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.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and the eTA for more information on the processing times of these applications.


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.


Family Members

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

Embassy in Ottawa


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
Bardejov 54 Lucenec 47 Roznava 58
Bratislava 2 Martin 43 Ruzomberok 44
Brezno 48 Michalovce 56 Sala 31
Cadca 41 Nitra 37 Senica 34
Dubnica nad Vahom 42 Nove Zamky 35 Spisska Nova Ves 53
Dunajska Streda 31 Partizanske 38 Topolcany 38
Hlohovec 33 Piestany 33 Trebisov 56
Humenne 57 Pezinok 33 Trencin 32
Kezmarok 52 Poprad 52 Trnava 33
Komarno 35 Povazska Bystrica 42 Vranov nad Toplou 57
Kosice 55 Presov 51 Zilina 41
Levice 36 Prievidza 46 Zvolen 45

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

Province Code Province  Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario 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
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

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
Newfoundland 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Slovakia

Office of the Embassy of Canada in Bratislava

Carlton Savoy Building
Mostova 2
811 02 Bratislava

Telephone: 421 (2) 5920-4031
Fax: 421 (2) 5443-4227
Email: [email protected]
Website: No Website

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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

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Slovakian Spouse to Come to Canada

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