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To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

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I am new on the forum and visit it from time to time. Me (from Belarus) and my boyfriend (from Sweden) are currently living/working in the Czech Republic, but thinking to probably move to Switzerland somewhere in a year.

However, the question I would like to ask concerns our other plans. We are thinking to get married, and would like to do it in the Switzerland. Since we dont live in switzerland there are some restraints but still possible. Now i think we are getting in a red tape when I was told in Swiss embassy in Prague that all our documetns must be legalised by Swiss embasies in our home countries. For us it is a real problem (travelling, expenses, time, work), as we live in the czech republic now.

Did anybody have any exprience with the requierements of docuemnts from the foreigners in Switzerland? Do we really need to go through the legalisation?

Thanks a lot for your replies,
Tanya
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Old 20.12.2007, 17:14
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

A concrete advise from someone who's been there - get married in Sweden instead and save yourselves a lot of hassle.

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Old 20.12.2007, 17:46
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

Here are the site that I have found before;

http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/imm...itzerland.html

http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/imm.../contacts.html
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

Tilia, Thank you. We are now thinking of this option. but wanted something romantic and not ordinary.
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

Miyax, thanks to you too. I have seen this before. I have surfed internet on this to find out if it is possible at all. All articles say it is so easy, just have your papers. In reality bumpted into the wall of beauracrati
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Hi,
I am new on the forum and visit it from time to time. Me (from Belarus) and my boyfriend (from Sweden) are currently living/working in the Czech Republic, but thinking to probably move to Switzerland somewhere in a year.

However, the question I would like to ask concerns our other plans. We are thinking to get married, and would like to do it in the Switzerland. Since we dont live in switzerland there are some restraints but still possible. Now i think we are getting in a red tape when I was told in Swiss embassy in Prague that all our documetns must be legalised by Swiss embasies in our home countries. For us it is a real problem (travelling, expenses, time, work), as we live in the czech republic now.

Did anybody have any exprience with the requierements of docuemnts from the foreigners in Switzerland? Do we really need to go through the legalisation?

Thanks a lot for your replies,
Tanya
Seeing as you are from Belarus you can have additional problems that your country does not recognise the marriage...

If you intend to marry in Switzerland you need to have:
1. All documents officially translated into one of the national languages of Switzerland or alternatively if they are originally in English you can present English but not an English translation of an official document.
2. A copy of your birth certificate not older than 6 months.
3. A valid passport/ID karte.
4. A statement from your embassy that you are not married.
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If you intend to marry in Switzerland you need to have:
1. All documents officially translated into one of the national languages of Switzerland or alternatively if they are originally in English you can present English but not an English translation of an official document.
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Richard, out of general interest, is this a recent change?

I got married in Bern & every document had to be translated into German & stamped officially.
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Richard, out of general interest, is this a recent change?

I got married in Bern & every document had to be translated into German & stamped officially.
They originally said this to us when we got married in Baselland. Documents could be in German, French, Italian, Romanish or Turkish. We countered back with "Turkish is okay but not English?!" (Nothing against Turkish, BTW, I think it's great that they accept Turkish, but more Swiss folks speak English than Turkish). They then told us that English was okay.
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Richard, out of general interest, is this a recent change?

I got married in Bern & every document had to be translated into German & stamped officially.
New, not really it is about 4 years old. Prior to that the civil office "could" accept but need not accept English documents...
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They originally said this to us when we got married in Baselland. Documents could be in German, French, Italian, Romanish or Turkish. We countered back with "Turkish is okay but not English?!" (Nothing against Turkish, BTW, I think it's great that they accept Turkish, but more Swiss folks speak English than Turkish). They then told us that English was okay.
they were adamant on it. I even had to get a colleague to come & translate for the Vorgesprech ... took two hours with a lunch break, while they tried to decide whether my first & middle names should be hyphenated into one for the paperwork -

at the end of it all, the fat controller shook my hand & said in perfect English " Good luck & IO wish you & your wife all the very best" ....
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

I am now continue emailing with the civil authority in switzerland. and it looks they dont even know what is legalisation. However, in Swiss embassy they told me that this is a requirement of the swiss auhthorities, if a swiss authority accepts the documents without legalisation, the embassy does not care.
I wonder if there is any law governing such requirement to the documents...
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I am now continue emailing with the civil authority in switzerland. and it looks they dont even know what is legalisation. However, in Swiss embassy they told me that this is a requirement of the swiss auhthorities, if a swiss authority accepts the documents without legalisation, the embassy does not care.
I wonder if there is any law governing such requirement to the documents...
Here the necessary information:
Ausländische Staatsangehörige. Was brauchen wir?
Die notwendigen Dokumente sind je nach Land verschieden. Auf der Homepage des Gemeindeamtes des Kantons Zürich
www.gaz.zh.ch finden Sie für beinahe alle Länder eine entsprechende Wegleitung. Bitte entnehmen Sie direkt daraus, welche Dokumente Sie brauchen. Für Fragen stehen wir Ihnen selbstverständlich jeder Zeit zur Verfügung. Hinweis: Sämtliche Dokumente müssen in einer Schweizer Amtssprache (oder in englischer Sprache) ausgestellt oder in diese übersetzt sein.

Attached the document requirements for Belarus zzzzz and Sweden zzzzs
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they were adamant on it. I even had to get a colleague to come & translate for the Vorgesprech ... took two hours with a lunch break, while they tried to decide whether my first & middle names should be hyphenated into one for the paperwork -

at the end of it all, the fat controller shook my hand & said in perfect English " Good luck & IO wish you & your wife all the very best" ....
Well as I said a few years ago that was the way but about 4 years ago they changed the law and added English. Now you can produce an English translation although one of the 4 Swiss languages is preferred. If on your documents there is an English version then this is anyway acceptable without translation. Oh and they must accept it...
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Well as I said a few years ago that was the way but about 4 years ago they changed the law and added English. Now you can produce an English translation although one of the 4 Swiss languages is preferred. If on your documents there is an English version then this is anyway acceptable without translation. Oh and they must accept it...
Here is what Basel says about it...
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Re: To Marry in Switzerland for Foreigners

Richard,
THank you. Now there is something else
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