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I will be getting maried in the Phillipines in February. I believe I know the process and I will be there for 3 weeks. I need to go to the US Embassy to get an affidavit and then go to the province of my fiancee to apply for marriage license at the local registrar. I am wondering if my divorce decrees will need to be certified or will a copy of the decrees be acceptable? What other paperwork do I need to bring with me? Any other advice?


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Your birth certificate could be valuable also. You can bring it with you just in case. Your fiancee should get a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from the National Statistics Office.

My husband and applied for a marriage license at the Local Civil Registrar of the city where I reside. They asked us to fill up the license, pay and attend a pre-nup counseling and submit the previously mentioned documents as well as divorce decree and copies of mine and my husband's birth certificates. Then we had a 10-day waiting period. On the 11th day we had our civil wedding.

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Hello,based on our experienced,if you are a widow you need a death cert,if you are a divorced you need a certified div dec copy,plus your birth cert,then capacity to marry from your U,S embassy.these are the papers you need at the local registrar.Good luck and Congrats!!

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birth cert. and if you can get certified copy i would do it nothing worse than getting there and finding out you need it.. um 3 weeks should be enough time but you better be on the ball.. there is a 10 day waiting period .. but it is the phil so money can always solve time issues.. she needs more stuff than you like if under 21 parental consent if under 25 a letter of parental advice or something like that.. her birth cert from the nso any marriages by her divorce or death cert. um i think thats it... and money.

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Your profile says K-1, keep in mind marrying overseas will effectively kill the K-1 visa process.

Also note if you are thinking K-3, forget about it, NVC closes all I-129F (K-3) petitions when they receive both I-129F and I-130 together from USCIS. USCIS has been tying them together and sending to NVC for well over a year now. The reason K-3 was developed no longer exists, K-3 was a option put in place when couples were waiting a very long time for I-130 approval,the K-3 allowed entry to the USA to wait for I-130 approval, so that the couple could then return to home country for a spouse visa interview, or opt to adjust status. Since USCIS is approving I-130 before sending petitions to NVC, the reason (WAITING for I-130 approval) no longer exits.

Moving this to the regional forum since you are asking about what is needed to marry in that country.

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K1 issue not withstanding you need to have your wife check on requirements from her Civil Register. In my wife's town I had to supply 4 originals (certified) or 1 certified original and three notarized (by the city)copies of my divorce decree, Cenomar for both of us, and birth certificates for both of us, plus the Affidavit of ability to marry. Our waiting period was 12 days and they did not want to start the 12 days until we attended the pre-marriage class but decided to do so as long as we promised to attend later which was a God-send because the class was only offered on Mondays and Fridays.

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