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Question regarding documents for interview, specifically CENOMAR and PSA Advisory on Marriage.


The PHILS USEM pre-interview checklist is a bit confusing. It states, in part, “if you are single” to bring a CENOMAR, but then also says the CENOMAR is needed for CR1/IR1 interviews. 


It also says “if you are married” to bring an advisory on marriage. 


It appears a CENOMAR will detail past marriages and annulments, but the PSA help page says if you are married and request a CENOMAR, PSA will send you an advisory on marriage. 


What are the actual documents needed?





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You order a CENOMAR from PSA.  If PSA has you recorded as single you will receive a CENOMAR.  If PSA has you recorded as married you will receive an Advisory on Marriages.  Whatever you receive from PSA is what the embassy wants to see.

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From the members who've been through it, this was helpful! What the PHILS website has written was a bit confusing to me. Thank you for the replies! :)

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