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Help with getting married in Switzerland

Hi I know the marriage topic has been gone over multiple times but I can't find all the info I've been looking for. I am a American citizen living in Florida and my girlfriend is living in Zurich. We would like to get married I will be visiting her in 2 weeks on a tourist visa. I've read I'll need my birth certificate (does it need to be in German?) , Passport, and an Affidavit. I saw on some sites that I cannot get married on a tourist visa.. I do not plan on staying I plan on coming back. Or would we need to go to Germany or Austria if that's a possibility.. Thank you!
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Check out this official site for more info.
https://www.ch.ch/en/civil-wedding-ceremony/
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

If your GF have a swiss passport then you have no problems. If not you would need to be resident in Switzerland, or marry somewhere else.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Yes my girlfriend is a Swiss citizen and has a Swiss passport I forgot to include that.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

I don't think it's quite that simple if you are not living in Switzerland.

Get your fiancé to ring the Zivilstandsamt and ask them what's required.

The easier thing would be for you both to nip to Vegas.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Make sure you get your info from the official sources!
The link I gave above has basic rulings in. Swiss authorities are not impressed by ' someone on EF said that...'
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

...and I forgot to say that laws are constantly changing - often getting more restrictive - so what worked last year might not be permitted now.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Documents in English are fine.

Your birth certificate needs to be less than 6 months old.

The documents needed depend on your nationality and whether you are resident in Switzerland or not.

I have a feeling if you are not living here, then you girlfriend has to get all the paperwork together and apply for you to get married, then you have to wait for permission to come to Switzerland... but I'm not sure, that's why she should call her Zivilstandsamt.

You have to have a meeting in person after applying with the Zivilstandsamt, then after this meeting you have to wait ten days before you can get married. It's not a fast process.

Other countries won't work as they generally have a residency requirement, I think the only "country" that doesn't is Gibraltar.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Put it this way. You ain't getting married in two weeks' time.

"The approval of the marriage application can take up to five weeks. In the meanwhile, bans (the public announcement of a couple's intention to marry), will be published so there is enough time for anyone with an objection to state their claim. Once the marriage application is approved, the couple is notified in writing.
The couple can get married anywhere between 10 days and 3 months after the approval."

https://www.justlanded.com/english/S...in-Switzerland

"Processing the application typically takes five weeks, as it includes the publication of the bans. Publication of the bans is a formality where your intention to marry is made public, to allow anyone who might have knowledge of a legal impediment (eg. an existing marriage) time to notify the registrar. The ceremony must take place no less than 10 days and no more than three months after authorisation is granted."

http://www.expatica.com/ch/family-es...nd_106051.html
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Thank you all for the replies and help! She will be calling Zivilstandsamt today to find out more from the source. Thanks again for all the quick replies! (:
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

My 2 Rappen/Cents - Don't even bother with the paperwork to get married in Switzerland. It's expensive and time-consuming and slightly complicated. Instead, get married in Florida the next time she comes to visit. It's WAY easier to get married in the U.S. and file the paperwork through your local Swiss Consulate. Been there, done that.

When she comes to visit, it's the same routine as always at immigration. She's on vacation. NO MENTION OF MARRIAGE or they will turn her away. Once she's there, head to your county clerk, apply for the license, and say the I-dos. Get several copies of the license/certificate, as you'll need them for various things.

She needs to file paperwork here to register the marriage. I'll dig around and see if I can find it.

You say you'll be coming later. Are you coming to live permanently? If so and if soon, you may as well apply for the family reunification Type D visa when you file the rest of the paperwork.
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Yes we were thinking about going that path also. That was the plan but family emergencies came up and she cannot visit soon, that is why we were going to try to make it happen in Switzerland instead of Florida. Also yes I was planning on moving there later on in the year to live for 5-6 years.
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Yes we were thinking about going that path also. That was the plan but family emergencies came up and she cannot visit soon, that is why we were going to try to make it happen in Switzerland instead of Florida. Also yes I was planning on moving there later on in the year to live for 5-6 years.
Check out Gibraltar. I was seriously considering Gibraltar or Vegas as the paperwork in Switzerland was such a pain in the arse..... and I was EU and living in Switzerland. https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/mar...l-partnerships
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Re: Help with getting married in Switzerland

Bear in mind that you may find it difficult to get a job here if you don't speak a Swiss language - German for the Zurich area. It really depends on how highly qualified/skilled you are.

Also as an American you're required to file US tax returns no matter where you live in the world and could owe US tax on top of Swiss ones. Start your research here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad

You'll be required to sign a W-9 form for any accounts you open here so the info can be passed on to the IRS. This would also apply to any joint accounts or any you have signatory rights over so the advice is to keep things as separate as possible if you can. Also said "foreign" accounts, i.e. those not held in the US, have to be reported annually on a FBAR form if the aggregate amount comes to more than $10,000 at any time of the year.
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