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Hi,

I am US citizen, my fiancee is Chinese citizen, we plan to get married in May in China. But Chinese officials need this single status certificate from me in order to issue marriage certificate in China to us.

How do I obtain this single status certificate in US? thanks a lot for any info!

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Hi,

I am US citizen, my fiancee is Chinese citizen, we plan to get married in May in China. But Chinese officials need this single status certificate from me in order to issue marriage certificate in China to us.

How do I obtain this single status certificate in US? thanks a lot for any info!

Hi,

All you have to do is, as soon as you arrived in China you have to go to US Embassy to get a Legal Capacity to Marriage no requirements needed if you are bachelor except your passport but if are previously married but divorced you need an original final divorce paper.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: China
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Thanks a lot, baby44.

I am contacting US consulate office in China to get more info on this.

You can get the information at one of the Chinese Embassy's ,from their website. There is one in Ny and Texas you have to use the one in your jurisdiction. You can expedite it for an extra $20.00 for each page. Your affidavit Of Single status can be found right here at VJ. It is a 1 page letter you have to type it up yourself. Have it notarized at your city, then county, and then the state seal added to it. You then mail it the China Embassy they will put the Halogram certified seal on the back of it. You take that with you to China and your good to get married. The Chinese Government has to issue the certificate. That's the way I did it.

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You can get the information at one of the Chinese Embassy's ,from their website. There is one in Ny and Texas you have to use the one in your jurisdiction. You can expedite it for an extra $20.00 for each page. Your affidavit Of Single status can be found right here at VJ. It is a 1 page letter you have to type it up yourself. Have it notarized at your city, then county, and then the state seal added to it. You then mail it the China Embassy they will put the Halogram certified seal on the back of it. You take that with you to China and your good to get married. The Chinese Government has to issue the certificate. That's the way I did it.

First, there is only one US Embassy in China, in Beijing. There are four other Cities where we have Consulates. Either the Embassy or a Consulate can issue the single status certificate. However, depending on where you're going in China, the nearest Consulate may be quite far away. A viable alternative is to use the services of visarite.com I'm not sure if they describe the affidavit of single status service on their website but you can email or call them about it. It's far cheaper and less time consuming that a plane or train ticket to the nearest US Consulate after arriving in China.

The third option is explained on any Chinese Consulate in the USA's website but is a PITA. VisaRite essentially duplicates this process as the US Citizen's agent and can do it all in as little as four days. If you use their service, you might as well get the China visa through them as well, so you only send your passport out once.

Be aware also that in some locations, Nanning for one, you'll also need Notarial translations of the divorce decrees even with documents from a US Consulate or from VisaRite. So plan on an extra day or so to obtain those locally after arriving in the city where the marriage will take place.

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I got the Single Certificate here in the US. I followed all the steps of making the document, have notarized, sent to State Gov, and sent to Federal Dept of State. Took a couple of months to get. This

finished document is only good 6 months. By the time I got to China it was out of date. My girl and

I took the train to the Chengdu Consulate, got a new Single Document in a few minutes, no problem. Train

ride was great.........


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I got the Single Certificate here in the US. I followed all the steps of making the document, have notarized, sent to State Gov, and sent to Federal Dept of State. Took a couple of months to get. This

finished document is only good 6 months. By the time I got to China it was out of date. My girl and

I took the train to the Chengdu Consulate, got a new Single Document in a few minutes, no problem. Train

ride was great.........

Two months and multiple steps is what I call a PITA. I like the idea of a train ride but it's expensive and depending on distance, quite time consuming. It's 14 hours overnight from my wife's city to the nearest US Consulate. We've been married over five years but will be taking that train ride next week for another reason anyway. Looking forward to it now, but at the time of our marriage, my travel schedule would have required we both buy airline tickets and consume a full day to get the certificate.


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I had same saturation as you do. All i did was just went to a law office and paid them 120 bucks to certified that i was single in USA. I went to their office to fill out my personal information, then they told me to come back 3 days later to pick them up. Then i went back to China last May with that certificate.The marriage center in china accepted it, and I got married there with my hubby. So if you dont mind to spend some extra money to go to these notary offices to get done, that is a good choice to you.I did it in California, Los Angeles.

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I had same situation as you do. All i did was just went to a law office and paid them 120 bucks to certified that i was single in USA. I went to their office to fill out my personal information, then they told me to come back 3 days later to pick them up. Then i went back to China last May with that certificate.The marriage center in china accepted it, and I got married there with my hubby. So if you dont mind to spend some extra money to go to these notary offices to get done, that is a good choice to you.I did it in California, Los Angele.

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Hi,

I am US citizen, my fiancee is Chinese citizen, we plan to get married in May in China. But Chinese officials need this single status certificate from me in order to issue marriage certificate in China to us.

How do I obtain this single status certificate in US? thanks a lot for any info!

Based on your username, I'm assuming the Chinese Consulate of jurisdiction for your residence is the Chinese Consulate in NY. I checked the relevant pages on the Consulate's website for what you need and I saw that you would either have to go yourself to the Consulate yourself to obtain what you need or use a service (visarite that Pushbrk suggested is an example of a service).

You have already stated you are looking into your other option which is to get the document you need from the US Embassy or one of the US Consulates in China.


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I got mine before going to China. I got certified copies of my previous divorce's, had my name checked where I live now to see if I applied for a marriage license, had that certified & the state seal on it. Filled out the single status certificate & had that notarized. Took all documents to the China Consulate in L.A. (I live in Phoenix). I think I could of given them a pre-paid FedEx envelope to send it back but didn't so I went back the next week & picked it up. I had no problem in China & married 2 days after I went back. Be sure to get all of your white notarized & translated documents in China after you get married.

Good Luck......

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Would this be possible in the UK at the US embassy? I tried looking on the website and I can't seem to find the info.

Only a US Consular Officer in China, can execute the Certificate of Marriageability for China, as this is a China specific document issued in both English and Chinese.


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I got an appointment at the U.S. Consulate office online. I had to use the form on the Consulate's website. They do not recognize other forms. Bring passport and they stamped and signed it at the window for $50 USD credit card.

You need to have a copy of your fiancee's Chinese ID. They took a look and gave it back to me. You can bring copy or fax it in or they will tell you to come back when you do.

Since you are going to be there! Get your spouse to fill out the i-130, G-325A, and affidavits before returning.

You can also do this in the U.S. before leaving for China, but the process is stupid. You have to print a form at the Chinese consulate's web site to say you are single. Sign it in front of notary public, take form to county office to get stamp certifying the notary public is legit, take to state office to get state seal certifying the county office stamp is legit, then bring to Chinese consulate for stamp saying they recognize the state seal. Cost about $50 and hours of valuable time.

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Would this be possible in the UK at the US embassy? I tried looking on the website and I can't seem to find the info.

Yup - you set up an appointment (or walk in, depending) for American Citizen Services,

and have it done there.


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