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My girlfriend is a UK national and currently she is living in Germany. I am not a EU national, but I can go to Holland on a work visa as I am working for a company from here in my home country.

If I go to Holland, can I marry her when she's in Germany? Going to UK is not at all an option.

Another option was to get married in my home country - but marriage visas take a long time, longer than a year in many cases from my country. So, I am not considering this option either.

Please advise. Is there any other way to achieve the same result? If the above option is possible, what things shall I keep in mind?

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Welcome to travel.SE. Unfortunately your question is regarding immigration which is off-topic for this forum please review Help Q&A for further information. – Karlson Nov 22 '13 at 17:14
Come on guys, love is in the air, the guy is asking if he can get married while he is visiting Germany on a tourist visa! since he can enter Germany as a tourist because he holds a NL work visa. I think it is totally on-topic. – Heidel Ber Gensis Nov 22 '13 at 17:14
Which specific type of Dutch visa would you get? – Relaxed Nov 22 '13 at 18:16
I can get work visa to work from there. – user9223 Nov 22 '13 at 18:23
One reason I am asking all this is that if you plan on getting a long-term visa for the Netherlands, you could see if it's possible to marry there. You would already be a resident, hence eschewing the whole immigration issue, and your girlfriend, being a UK citizen, should have no problem getting there. Once you are married, you have a EU spouse and things should get easier, no matter where you want to live (Netherlands, UK, Germany…). – Relaxed Nov 22 '13 at 20:44

I can only answer about marriage in Germany. One condition is that one of the two is a resident of the area of the Standesamt (registration office) where the marriage is conducted, so you would have to get married where she lives in Germany (a man living at town A and a woman living in town B could choose to get married in A or B, but not elsewhere). The other main condition is that the marriage must meet all legal requirements according to German laws and according to the laws where both are citizens, that is UK law and your country's law.

Your wife to be can contact the Standesamt where she lives, and they can obviously tell her the legal requirements according to German law, and requirements according to UK law, and most likely (unless you come from a very obscure country) they will know the legal requirements of your home country. If things need to be done in your home country, a consulate or embassy will count as your "home country". For example, she will have to visit a UK consulate in Germany because the wedding has to be publicly announced in the UK for 14 days. The Standesamt will also know what you need to do to make the marriage recognised in your home country, and what consequences there will be on citizenship.

Any papers you need to provide will have to be translated to German by a qualified translator.

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I am not so sure I understand the question. According to US Embassy Page it is possible to get married in Germany

What documents do I need to get married in Germany?

This depends on what the registrar's office ("Standesamt") requires and may vary from case to case. The Standesamt therefore requires that you

make an appointment and discuss with them what is required for you.

There are, however, some standard requirements that apply in almost all cases:

  • Your birth certificate.
  • It is a German requirement that all documents must have been issued within the last six months; therefore you may have to obtain a new copy of your birth certificate. The Embassy or Consulate cannot obtain documents on your behalf and cannot provide translations of documents. More information about obtaining vital records in the U.S., such as birth certificates, can be found at How to obtain vital records.
  • For U. S. documents to be accepted by the German authorities, they also require that you provide an Apostille (pdf 78kb).
  • All foreigners marrying in Germany require an "Ehefähigkeitszeugnis" which is a Certificate of Free Status stating that you are legally free to marry. This document may be obtained by making an appointment for a notarial service at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin or at the Consulate General in Frankfurt. The document may also be obtained without an appointment during the operating hours of the Consular Agency in Bremen. Residents of Bavaria may take the oath on this document directly at the Standesamt and do not need to come to the Consulate.

There similar information from German Embassy in the UK.

More information from a German Mission page

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Information from the US embassy would primarily describe requirements for US citizens, perhaps even assume they are already residents. This page from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not address the question directly either (it's about marrying a German person and moving to Germany permanently) but suggests things might not always be quite as simple for citizens from other countries. – Relaxed Nov 22 '13 at 20:35
For example, the US is one of only 9 non-EU countries whose citizens are allowed to marry in Germany and apply for residence from within the country without requesting a special visa beforehand. – Relaxed Nov 22 '13 at 20:36
@Annoyed Moving to Germany permanently is off-topic as being an immigration question. Information on marriage is as best that I can find for both US and UK citizens and UK page also gives a link to BVA with a suggestion to contact them directly for more information. And this is not matter for Foreign but rather domestic affairs. – Karlson Nov 22 '13 at 20:41
I was pretty sure someone was going to raise that but it's only tangentially related to my point, which is that info for UK and US citizens might not be relevant to the OP. Not sure what the point of your last sentence is; the German Foreign Ministry certainly feels competent to offer information about it… – Relaxed Nov 22 '13 at 21:08
I think this answer is as good as can be expected from experts in travel. For a better answer you really ought to consulte experts in immigration. I'm still not sure if the proposed expatriates stack exchange site intends to also cover immigration or questions of this nature, but I'd say it would be worth participating in the forthcoming beta to find out or make sure the idea gets a good hearing. – hippietrail Nov 23 '13 at 16:06

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