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I am from the US going to Cambodia on the 6th of May and will be getting married on the 22nd and 23rd of May. What I am trying to find out is do I have to make an appointment with the US Embassy in Cambodia before I get there or I can just go there when I arrive and ask for an eligibility of marriage form to fill out since I am already a US Citizen. I already have my background check and my single status paper from my county in hand ready to go. If anyone can help me out please advise. Thank you!

- Tommie

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According to new marriage requirements issued on by the Government of Cambodia on March 7, 2011, male U.S. citizens wishing to marry Cambodian women must:

  • Be under 50 years of age, and
  • Have a monthly income of at least US $2,500

The MFA also has requested that embassies attach a cover letter to those documents certified by embassies on behalf of their citizens. The U.S. Embassy will provide this cover letter when they certify the copies of U.S. passports and affidavits of single status for U.S. citizens. Please note that the U.S. Embassy also has blank affidavits of single status for the convenience of U.S. citizens seeking to get married in Cambodia. While it is not required that you use the affidavit of single status provided by the U.S. Embassy, using an affidavit from another source may cause difficulty with your application, since officials at the MFA may question the source and validity of affidavits that have a different appearance from those they usually see.

You can find more info here --> http://cambodia.usembassy.gov/getting_married_in_cambodia.html.

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Yes, I understand that part but my question is do I have to set up an appointment before hand to fill out the document of "eligibility of marriage" or can I just walk in to the embassy and ask for one? I went through the ask for an appointment page but, it does not state anything about making an appointment for "eligibility of marriage."

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Asia: East & Pacific Regional forum; topic is about marriage procedures in Cambodia and not about the US Spousal Visa process.

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On the US side is easy, but Cambodia side is headache. I noticed you stated you already have background check letter and single status letter from your county, but also include your employer and income verification letter (must be original) and your tax transcript - just incase need them. The Cambodian government need those.

Edited by khmerboy

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You need to make an appointment online. Go herehttp://cambodia.usembassy.gov/getting_married_in_cambodia.htmland make an appointment before you leave US. Or here https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=PHP&appcode=1

It will take you about a month and a lot of bribe money to complete whole process and I hope you prepared to stay that long and spend some money. Good luck

Edited by NikaMo

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I am from the US going to Cambodia on the 6th of May and will be getting married on the 22nd and 23rd of May.

- Tommie


Was this successful for you? I was planning to go in Dec 2015 for 2 weeks and get married then. But this article says it takes a minimum of 31 days in Cambodia. You were there only 16 days before marriage. Also, I am age 52, and foreign men need to be under age 50. Is there any way around these laws? My Colorado lawyer is not helping. Can I find a lawyer in Cambodia, and communicate from here?

I'm quadriplegic, and the trip will be difficult. I'd like to avoid relying on bribery, unless I know ahead of time that it will work.


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