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Getting Foreign Marriage Certificate in US?

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Hi everyone,

I know that if you get married in a foreign country and have it certified, etc by the US embassy, your marriage is legal in the US. BUT--can you get a copy of your marriage certificate or anything saying you're married in the US, or can you only obtain a copy from the country in which you were married?

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*** Thread moved from Off Topic forum to the General Immigration Discussion forum, in hopes of relevant replies. ***


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Your marriage is legal no matter the country you are married in. How would you obtain a marriage cert in the US if you are married in another country? Impossible. You don't need anything to declare you are married in the US, the marriage certificate from the foreign country you are married in is all you need.

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Your marriage is legal no matter the country you are married in. How would you obtain a marriage cert in the US if you are married in another country? Impossible. You don't need anything to declare you are married in the US, the marriage certificate from the foreign country you are married in is all you need.

Hello,

Yes I am aware of that, but what if you need a copy? Is there no way to get a copy of my marriage certificate that is already legal in the US other than to go back to Egypt and obtain this?

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Didn't they give you two copies when you got married? I guess it does not matter.

Contact the Egyptian Embassy. See if they can get you a copy. Don't forget to get it translated, too.

I did get two copies--my husband is still in Egypt and has the other one :/ I guess the answer is no, the US won't give me anything saying I'm married, so I'll get in touch with the embassy. Thanks everyone.

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I did get two copies--my husband is still in Egypt and has the other one :/ I guess the answer is no, the US won't give me anything saying I'm married, so I'll get in touch with the embassy. Thanks everyone.

That's right; the US won't give you anything saying you're married.

Your husband can get as many copies of the marriage certificate as he'd like from Egypt... they're not expensive and don't take long to get if he doesn't mind standing in lines.

While he's there, he can also get a couple of copies officially translated in case you need them here.

This will be good enough for most of your needs in the US, however, if you want to do exactly what the US embassy recommends:

"To use the marriage certificate in the U.S., it should be translated into English at the Notary Public Authority-located on 57 Ramses Street, Cairo. The fee is 15.00LE for each page. It takes 1-2 days to receive the translation, which must then be authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (11.00 LE) and authenticated by the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo ($50.00).

Please note: If you do obtain an English marriage certificate from the Egyptian Ministry of Justice Translation office, you DO NOT need to have it authenticated at the American Embassy to use for immigration in the United States."

http://egypt.usembassy.gov/acs12.html

Note that this is for immigration purposes... if he's not using the marriage certificate to immigrate then a translated copy should be enough.


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you would need to go back to where you were married as they will have the details of the marriage on file.

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Your husband is in Egypt. Why not tell him to get a bunch of copies? ?

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