So you and your partner finally tying the knot, Congratulation!
Whether you plan to marry here in the Philippines or there in Germany, first thing first: ask your german partner to go to Standesamt. This is their Local Civil Registry Office. They are the one who will provide you a checklist of requirement that you need to provide. The requirements are case-to-case basis and each Standesamt has different requirements. They are the best place to inquire regarding your situation. It's a long to-do list. But take a deep breath and tackle it one document at a time.
In our case, the first document we tried to complete is his "Ehefaehigkeitszeugnis" also known as his "Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage". To get this, the Standesamt requires me to provide the following in original copies unless specified:
1. Birth Certificate in SECPA
2. Cenomar in SECPA (maximum of 6 months from date of issued)
3. Affidavit of Civil Status authenticated by our DFA
4. Community Tax Certificate
5. Copy of your Passport certified by the German Embassy
Note: For 21-25 years old, you are required to provide Affidavit of Parental Advise
All these paper need to be translated to German by a Certified Translator.
After obtaining all the documents, I send it to him in Germany via courier. I was advised to do this and not by our local post office because the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of the documents differs alot. Depending of your courier, it can reach to him by 2-5 days. Post office ETA is 3-4 weeks.
If you ask me, please do the same. If you plan to save the money (price difference of 1,000php or more), this is NOT the way to do it. At least from my experience, the moment I send it -- I feel anxious on when exactly he will receive it (even if I have the ETA). The mixed emotions have created much stress to me (this is why I decided to create this blog).
I will be updating my blog from time to time. Please stay tuned!
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