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Newbie here , hope everyone is having a great day! this is a question about our marriage certificate , to start with a lil background on this my issue LOL , so here in my country (Philippines) men can be legally married when they're 26 of age ( idk why ) but everything on our wedding are all set like invitations , flight tickets and everything.. so we cant change it since some of my relatives abroad already booked and  coming to our wedding date , luckily a priest agreed to marry us btw my husband will be 26 yrs old days after our wedding , so our marriage certificate is dated January 31, 2016 , but we got married on dec 12, 2015 since we didn't put this date because my husband is only 25 yrs old by that time and he will be 26 on dec 26 , 2015 , so in our marriage certificate wedding date indicated January 31,2016 and in a different venue as well since the priest assistant or wedding coordinator did all the paper work everything fortunately is all legal just different date and venue and they advised us when its my time for usem interview just follow on what's on our marriage certificate instead since the pictures are almost the same as the venue indicated on the certificate, so my question is should we follow their advise ? , to just follow what's on the certificate? 

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So there are a lot of issues with this story (an imaginary age limit that isn't in the Family Code of the Philippines, people falsifying information on legal documents, etc)... but all of that is in the past and there's not much to be done about what happened in the past.

 

Bottom line is, your marriage certificate should indicate the actual date you got married, not some made-up date. You need to get the marriage certificate corrected before using it as part of the US immigration process.

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9 minutes ago, Adventine said:

So there are a lot of issues with this story (an imaginary age limit that isn't in the Family Code of the Philippines, people falsifying information on legal documents, etc)... but all of that is in the past and there's not much to be done about what happened in the past.

 

Bottom line is, your marriage certificate should indicate the actual date you got married, not some made-up date. You need to get the marriage certificate corrected before using it as part of the US immigration process.

Ill take note of that but i think too late now coz we already filed 🥺

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3 minutes ago, dakinmans said:

Ill take note of that but i think too late now coz we already filed 🥺

 

Well then... be prepared to answer some probing questions about the marriage certificate during your interview.

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You say everything is legal...

 

How is all the paperwork legal when there is so much inaccurate/misleading information within it? Wrongs dates, wrong venue, changes to dates because of husbands birthday, some law that says can marry at 26, but he’s 25 etc etc... it doesn’t take a lawyer to ask how can a fabricated document by legal.. 

 

Did you do all is to avoid the marriage guidance and permissions imposed on people 21-25? If so you didn’t actually get married in accordance with local laws, your doc were changed to do away with fulfilling the requirements, this could possibly void the marriage in itself..

 

This alone is possible grounds for denial, you’ve submitted documents knowing full well they contain incorrect or misleading information.. I would have this document amended and be prepared for an RFI

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Greetings!

 

I am so confused. Some statements does not make any sense at all. If a wedding was done in a Catholic church of course the priest will marry you provided tha you fullfill all the requirements, seminars etc. It is lengthy, read below. Twenty six years old as a legal age to marry in the Philippines for men? I dont think so, read below.  And if other waited days just to officially correct the date errors on their wedding day via PSA then What is this one? Then how do you justify this one? 

 

 

1. Twentty six as the legal age for men to get married in the Philippines? I have not heard of such thing. Read below.

 

Philippines:

A notarized affidavit of parental consent or advice for applicants below 25 years old. The legal age for marriage in the Philippines is 18. For applicants between 18 and 21 years old, a notarized parental consent is required (under Art. 14 of the Family Code of the Philippines). Oct 8 2019

 

Reference: Updated Wedding Process in the Philippines 2021 (New Normal) (filipiknow.net)

2. Priest agreed to marry you, Is it a catholic church? I guess not, as it will take so many days to prepare a wedding in a catholic church. Read below.

Catholic Church Requirements:

 

The Catholic Church also has additional requirements aside from the Marriage License. Marriage, as we know, is one of the seven sacraments and has some pre-requisites: Baptism and Confirmation. The Church requires the submission of the couples’ baptismal and confirmation certificate. They also require the soon-to-be-wed couples to attend seminars that will help them in their married life. Marriage is a very sacred contract and the Church wants to somehow ensure that the couples are really ready to enter this commitment and for the right reasons.

Below are the Church requirements:

1. Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates. The couple must secure a copy not more than four months before the date of marriage with the annotation “For Marriage Purposes Only”. A dispensation must be secured from the Archdiocese Office or Chancery if the bride or groom came from a different religion.

2. Marriage License. Must be secured 120 days before the date of marriage from the Local Civil Registry of the city or municipality of the bride or groom. For civilly married couples, a certified true photocopy of the marriage contract with the registry number of the city or town where the marriage was performed must be submitted.

3. Canonical Interview. An interview conducted by the parish priest or his assistant held about one to two months before the wedding date. The schedule is given to the couple by the church coordinator.

4. Marriage Banns. These are the forms that you see in the churches’ notification boards announcing the upcoming marriage of particular people. The church where the wedding will take place provides the soon-to-be-wed the form which is posted in the respective parishes of the bride and groom for posting. The couple will have to return the duly accomplished and signed forms three Sundays after.

5. Pre-marriage or pre-cana seminars. Some churches may let you skip this step but others may require you to attend more seminars like the Catholic Engaged Encounter and Discovery Weekend. Schedules are given by the church administrator.

 

Reference:

 

Catholic Church Requirements | Philippine Wedding (philippine-wedding.com)

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I would chose to interpret it that a symbolic religious ceremony took place Dec 12, 2015 and the actual legal marriage took place on January 31, 2016 just like it says on the marriage certificate so at this point in time everything should be good.

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