nope. Believe it or not, the kids were conceived during the marriage. They are citizens of where the mother - which is Antigua. She has citizenship now - but I am not 100% sure if she got in during or after marriage. I am thinking during because they were married for a while and she is a cross the t's and dot the is kind of person.Austria is one ah de roughest toughest countries when it comes to this sort of immigration issues. I heard of a Ja woman´s case something like this in Vienna.... Austria says unmarried parents kids get Mother´s citizenship...didn´t know it affects divorcees in that way too...Waw! But I guess it would if the kids were born before your friends got married and divorced before she got her citizenship.
Some of my foreign friends (who have EU passports) in Vienna went to the country of that passport and gave birth and just have the children registered as living in Austria to cut out all them red tape there...but that´s so easy to do if the Mother´s passport is EU...Schengen State...otherwise...Shitstreet
So if the visas are ever denied, the kids would be sent back to a country they have never seen. These kids speak German and know very little English - imagine if they were returned to live....yikes
I do agree if she was a citizen of another EU country it would probably be easier for them. She would do as you have mentioned above and skip the hellish red tape I see her go thru. They almost didnt approve one of the kid's visa this yr, and she had to consider making arrangements to send the child back to Antigua but she got the Antiguan govt invovled somehow and it was eventually approved. But she sweated bullets for a while there because what is she to do with her other kids if the youngest was sent back? She hasnt lived on the island for more than a decade. just crazy.