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    Australian Information - Marriage to a Chinese citizen.

    Post by Our Land on 22/07/10, 02:30 pm

    Marriage to a Chinese citizen in China.

    The procedure is quite straightforward and requires only a few documents. Both parties must prove that they are single and therefore free to marry. Before you go to China you need to prepare a document know as a ‘Single Status Certificate’, sometimes referred to on various websites as a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’.

    The following information is taken from the Melbourne Consulate, NSW. It is important that you apply to your nearest local DFAT offices, and Chinese Embassy / Consulate within the state in which you reside.

    Authentication of Documents for use with Marriage in China.
    http://melbourne.china-consulate.org/eng/hzqz/rz/

    8. How can an Australian citizen who has never been married apply for authentication of documents in order to get married in China?
    The applicant is required to prepare the following documents before lodging the application with Chinese Consulate:
    1) One properly filled-in and duly signed application form for authentication.
    2) A Single Status Certificate obtained from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)NSW State Office and its duplicate.
    3) Proof of identity with photo (such as valid passport) and its duplicate.

    9. How can an Australian citizen divorced in Australia apply for authentication of documents in order to get married in China?
    The applicant is required to prepare the following documents before lodging the application with Chinese Consulate:
    1) One properly filled-in and duly signed application form for authentication.
    2) A Single Status Certificate obtained from NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)NAW State Office and its duplicate.
    3) The Decree Nisi issued by the Family Court of Australia and authenticated by DFAT NSW State Office and its duplicate. Those divorced in Australia whose former spouse is a Chinese citizen shall apply to a competent court in China to have the Decree Nisi recognized after the authentication by the Consulate. Therefore, the applicant divorced with a non-Chinese citizen shall provide a certificate in relation to the nationality of his/her former spouse and the duplicate copy.
    Or the Death Certificate authenticated by DFAT NSW State Office in relation to his/her deceased spouse and the duplicate copy alternatively.
    4) Proof of identity with photo (such as valid passport) and its duplicate.

    10. Does a Single Status Certificate expire?
    Yes.
    A Single Status Certificate does expire. The applicant must have the authentication done by the DFAT NSW State Office and Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney within 3 months after the issuance of the Single Status Certificate. The Single Status Certificate will have a validity of 6 months after being authenticated by Chinese Consulate-General.

    To prove your ex-spouse's nationality, you may present one of the following DFAT-authenticated documents:
    1) Divorce certificate on which both parties' nationality are mentioned;
    2) Marriage Certificate on which both parties' nationality are mentioned;
    3) Citizenship Certificate;
    4) Notarized photocopy of your ex-spouse's passport;
    5) Notarized "Ex-spouse Nationality Statement" made by you;
    6) Notarized "Nationality Statement" made by your ex-spouse.
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    On arrival in China, your CNI and any accompanying certificate must be translated into Chinese for presentation at the Marriage Registry office. The translations must be completed by an authorised agent, recognised by the Registry office.

    These guidelines follow the national requirements within China, but many local provinces can change or amend the guidelines from Central Government. The information can therefore be rather ambiguous for a particular province. Regulations can also change overnight without warning.
    Please remember it is your ultimate responsibility to confirm the current regulations for marriage, with the Marriage Registry Office in the City of your proposed Marriage.



    An appointment may be necessary and the relevant office can advise on a suitably qualified acceptable translator for your requirements.

    Documents to be presented to the Marriage Registration Office.

    The Foreigner.
    1. Passport. (Including a valid Visa).
    2. CNI or Single Status Certificate, legalized by the FCO and the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
    3. Chinese translation of the above.
    4. Death / Divorce certificate, legalized by the FCO and the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
    5. Chinese translation of the above.

    Chinese Citizen.
    1. ID Card.
    2. Hukou. (Household Register).
    3. Divorce / Death Certificates if applicable.

    3 x Photos of joint head and shoulders. 4.5 x 3.5cms. (For marriage books).
    One photocopy of all the above documents.

    The marriage can only be registered after the documents are ratified, and the marriage certificate is issued upon registration. (The Chinese marriage certificate is in the form of a red book, of which you both receive one each).

    An English style marriage certificate can be requested from the Registrar, in addition to the Chinese certificate, but this must be collected after a few days, and an extra fee for this service will be payable.

    Nanning Civil Affairs Bureau, Marriage Registry Office.
    The full address and contact details are as follows:
    Nanning Civil Affairs Bureau.
    Marriage Registry Office.
    6, East 5 Road,
    Keyuan Road,
    Nanning.
    Tele: 0771 3221226. (From UK +86 771 3221226).





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