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If you have been dreaming of getting married in Asia’s traditional country like Vietnam, then it is high time that you arm yourself with the right know-how and start preparing ahead of time. Asian countries have certain procedures to be followed before the marriage ceremony happens.
There are a lot of things to prepare, but in this article, we’re mainly going to discuss the basic tips for a marriage registration in Vietnam, specifically for non-Vietnamese citizens or foreigners.
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1. Go to the Vietnam Consulate or Embassy in Your Area/Country
Foreigners complain about how frustrating it is to get all the paperwork done. The reasons vary, from being the government official in Vietnam being unhelpful to the application procedures being messy.
So, how can you avoid or at least minimize such problems? The first step is to get all the “right” information from the “right” authorities. So, before you pack your bags and travel to Vietnam, it is particularly important that you know how their system works so that you know what to expect along the way.
The solution? Go to the Vietnam Embassy in your country first. Ask about the updated requirements, and you can even get all the required dossier for marriage registration while you are there.
The following are the regular dossier needed for marriage registration in Vietnam:
• Application for Marriage Registration in Vietnam
• Affidavit of Single Status
• Certificate of No-marriage Records issued not more 6 months ago
• Certificate of Good Mental Health issued not more 6 months ago
• Biographic Information Sheet
• Certified photocopy of the Information pages of the Passport
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2. Have the Documents Certified by a Notary Public or Attorney?
Most of the foreigner applicants fail to follow this very important step. However, in most Asian countries, Vietnam included, a notarization of documents is crucial. So, after filling out all the documents, have them certified by an attorney or Notary Public officer before submitting it to the Embassy.
All the documents mentioned above must be certified except the Certificate of No-marriage Records. This document is regularly issued by the State Department (or equivalent office of authentication) and is usually certified upon issuance.
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3. Photocopy All the Documents and Have Them Translated into Vietnamese
After all your documents are authenticated in the Vietnam Embassy in your country, you can now submit them to the Department of Justice in Vietnam. For your convenience, have all the documents photocopied beforehand. It must be a clear copy. Most applicants secure two copies of all documents.
In addition, get all the documents translated into Vietnamese and again, photocopy all translated documents in advance.
4. Submit the Documents in Person
Take the time to submit the documents in person. Both or at least one of the applicants must personally submit all documents. While most foreigners find the entire application process annoying because of unclear instructions, the frustration will most likely double if your documents will be sent back to you after all those works.
Thus, it is rather safe to submit and process the documents yourself. The Department of Justice in Vietnam, at the time of writing, do not accept application via third-parties.
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5. Bring Proofs that Your Relationship is Bonafide at the Interview
After you submit all the requirements to the Department of Justice, you will then be scheduled for an interview. At the interview, you need present proofs that your relationship with your partner is bonafide. This is particularly crucial for couples who are in a long-distance relationship.
Take note of the timeline of your relationship, screenshots of chat logs, a copy of emails, as well as receipts of the gifts you sent for each other. Also, take photos every time you spend a vacation together. If you had the wedding ceremony before the registration, take a wedding picture together with the entire family.
After the interview, The Department of Justice in Vietnam will give you detail time to issue Certificate of marriage let you and your lover come to sign on it. If you can’t come that time, you have to give them reason and require another date but not more 60 days later.
Getting married in Vietnam, as well as getting married in general, can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know the things to expect and don’t have the right documents prepared. However, the long process can be minimized if you come fully prepared.
We hope you find this article helpful and wishing you all the best on your marriage application!