The marriage between the Ukrainian
woman and her European husband is mainly the accession of two lives
(often, two families) to create a new life and a new family together. It
can be an enormous source of happiness and blessing for a mutual intimate
love. However, it is always also a great challenge of mutual
self-sacrifice for the good of the other spouse and for the good of the
family. A marriage is really the adventure of life. The two people come
from different cultures and speak different languages. Therefore, they
have different ways to see, understand and feel. Marriage with a Ukrainian
woman requires additional work with mutual respect and understanding.
Learning the mutual culture and language (even just a few words) of both
partners can help immensely to build and maintain mutual respect and
Marriage in Ukraine
Marriages in the Ukraine are usually recognized without problems in
Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The procedure is generally much simpler
and quicker than marrying in Germany or Denmark, as no certificate of
capacity to marry has been required for some time. But Peter Ahrends and
his team will of course also be happy to assist you here in order to make
the procedure easier for you. The registry office where the Ukrainian
spouse with main residence is registered is responsible. But you can also
marry at other registry offices regardless of your place of residence.
The German spouse needs the following documents to register the marriage
a valid passport with a translation of the passport made in Ukraine
certified by a Ukrainian notary public.
in the case of an existing marriage precedent, the original divorce decree
(available from the competent district court), with apostille (available
from the district court required for the district court district) with a
translation made in Ukraine and certified by a Ukrainian notary.
The Ukrainian spouse needs the following documents to register the
marriage in Ukraine:
in the case of a premarital marriage: divorce decree or divorce
The registration of the marriage can also be carried out in
representation. A special power of attorney is required. It normally takes
one month from the registration of the marriage to the marriage before the
registry office. In exceptional cases a faster marriage is also possible.
Recently even marriages on one day are possible. The German fiancé
therefore only has to arrive once for the marriage. The marriage can also
be registered by us in any region of Ukraine. Also in Kiev, although here
none of the fiancées is registered. This is especially practicable for
Ukrainian fiancées who are registered in Eastern Ukraine or Crimea.
The presence of a Ukrainian interpreter with a university diploma is often
required for the marriage date. Of course, we can also provide such an
interpreter for you.
If the marriage is registered with the registry office, you will receive a
corresponding marriage certificate. Then this document must be apostilled
again in Ukraine. This procedure takes about one to five days.
Ahrends+Schwarz GmbH in Kiev can take care of all this for you.
certificate must then be translated by an interpreter and translator sworn
in at a German regional court in accordance with ISO 9:1995. Peter Ahrends
and his team of experts will do this for you in the shortest possible
time, as his law firm employs such interpreters and translators.
Translations certified by Ukrainian notaries, however, are not accepted in
German legal relations, as the swearing-in at the German Regional Court is
missing. Attorney Ahrends guarantees the recognition of his certified
translations by any German authority. However, translations certified by
Ukrainian notaries are not valid in Germany. In case of doubt, you can
find out which type of translation you need from the Schwarz+Ahrends
Only now does the actual visa procedure begin.
As a rule, the following documents are required to apply for a visa:
an apostilled and translated marriage certificate (as described above);
proof of a successfully passed language examination at at least level A1
of the Goethe Institute. A valid language test can therefore only be taken
in this institution. We will also be happy to advise you on all questions
regarding the language test;
a copy of the identity card of the German participant (front and back!);
for foreigners living in Germany, a passport with residence title etc.;
four identical passport photos;
two completed and signed visa application forms. Application forms are
available free of charge from us. We will also be happy to assist you in
a passport valid for at least three months;
an informal letter of invitation from the German fiancé;
in the case of a foreign spouse who is resident in Germany, an additional
formal declaration of commitment;
in the case of a foreign spouse domiciled in Germany, an additional proof
These are only the minimum requirements; the embassy often requires
further documents, such as telephone bills, joint photos, etc., in order
to be able to provide a statement of income. If all the documents
mentioned under points 1-9 are available, the visa application can be
The Ukrainian fiancé must present himself personally at the embassy at
counter 7-9 in the German Embassy in Kiev, Bohdana Chmelnizkoho 25, and
submit the application. There a short conversation about the visa
application will usually take place. An appointment with the embassy must
be arranged in advance. This may take several weeks, depending on the
workload at the embassy. If children are expected to move to Germany, the
corresponding application for family reunification can also be made
immediately. But it is also possible to apply for a visa at a later date.
If all the required documents are available, it takes about four to eight
weeks to process the visa application.
The fiancé, who lives in Europe, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, should
also appear at the responsible immigration office on his own initiative.
The embassy will now send the visa application to the responsible
foreigners authority in Europe for processing. If the Aliens Department
approves the visa application, it will inform the embassy accordingly. The
embassy will then contact the Ukrainian fiancé and ask him to return to
the embassy for the visa.
As already mentioned,
this whole procedure usually takes between four and eight weeks, depending
on the workload at the embassy, at the foreigners' offices, etc... First a
national three-month visa is issued. (D-Visa) This entitles you to enter
After entering for example Germany, you go to the relevant immigration
office, which then converts your visa into a permanent residence permit.
This is usually valid for one year and can be extended without problems if
The law firm will of course be happy to advise you on the whole procedure
described above. Due to its many years of experience in this field, the
firm has a wealth of experience in dealing with the authorities involved.
In about ten percent of the cases, visa applications for the subsequent
immigration of spouses are rejected. This can have various causes.
The most frequent cause, however, is the suspicion of a fictitious
marriage or the unsecured livelihood of a marriage with a foreigner living
in Germany. (In the case of a German spouse, there is no income
examination) In this case, an administrative action procedure at the
Administrative Court in Berlin is the appropriate solution. Our attorneys
and lawyers can also work for you in this field. However, a further
explanation would lead too far here.
In addition, she can take care of all formalities for marriages in
Ukraine, including document procurement and processing, registration of
marriages as well as visa applications for spouses reunification/family
reunification in a package, so that you practically have to worry about
almost nothing. This is currently the simplest variant of marriage and
family reunification to Germany. Source: Peter Ahrends of Ahrends+Schwarz
The common language is very important
It's not just another way to talk, it's another way to think and feel. It
is necessary to involve both sides of the family in the couple's life:
Language, culture, traditions, values etc.. Only in a common language can
you fall in love.
Time is the key to a
good marriage with a Ukrainian woman
Successful marriages have three qualities: Ability, compatibility and
commitment. The couple must be mature enough and able to fulfill the
responsibilities of marriage. The couple must be compatible: two people
can love each other, but they cannot live together. A couple must be able
to live and love together in every way, no matter what happens in life. In
good times and bad, in Germany they say they can steal horses together. If
you are willing to work hard on your relationship with a Ukrainian woman,
if you are both patient and emotionally stable, you have the best chance
to have a wonderful, loving and harmonious marriage.