Expats from all over the world visit Dubai, where people aspire to dwell because of the high standard of living and chances available. Therefore foreigner marriages are not uncommon there. This guideline is for you if you are a couple with one spouse is from the Philippines and the other belong to another nationality.
OPTION 1: PLANNING THE WEDDING IN PHILIPPINES WITH YOUR FIANCE
If foreigners think it is easy to go down to the Philippines and get married; you cannot be more mistaken.
Unlike, Vegas you can’t rent a chapel and say your vows right away. Before receiving a marriage license, you must pass documents, attend a seminar, and even plant a tree.
The “Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage” distinguishes a Filipino-Filipino marriage from a Filipino-Foreigner marriage. Because the Philippines does not have any records of the foreigner’s ability to marry, he must obtain one from his home country or embassy. It’s also to make your marriage more legally binding, so no one can complain when the time comes for the wedding.
Getting married in the Philippines is a long affair; definitely not something you can complete within a week and then return back to your country of residence.
OPTION 2: GET MARRIED IN DUBAI WITH YOUR PARTNER
Enclosed below is the tentative list of the documents the embassy is quite likely to ask you and more depending on the what nationality each of the partner is from.
- Recent passport size pictures.
- NSO CENOMAR with Department of Foreign Affairs authentication are required for both the groom and the bride.
- The consent of the parents has been verified by the DFA.
- Passports, both original and copies
- DFA has verified the authenticated of parents.
- For the applicant residing in Dubai, a certificate of civil status from the consulate or embassy is required.
- It is also mandatory for all couples to undergo a medical clearance prior to the wedding for screen of any sexually transmitted diseases such as a HIV; that can be passed on from one spouse to another.
One of the most significant differences we see is that many Filipinos are already married, and divorce is illegal by law in the Philippines. In addition, getting a marriage annulment in the Philippines is nearly impossible.
UAE is out of the discussion for persons in such situations, especially ladies who have their ex-name husband’s on their passport. This is because UAE laws clearly state for divorce certificate or a certificate to prove that they are single. In a situation like this, the paperwork marriage can get really complicated in the UAE.
OPTION 3: WHY PLANNING A WEDDING IN GEORGIA IS THE BETTER OPTION
While Georgia might seem quite of the blue, in recent times many expats are actually considering getting married there. Depending on your preferences, Georgia allows you to have a legal or religious wedding. A legal wedding is defined as a marriage recognized by the law, but a religious wedding is defined as a marriage acknowledged by God.
To be honest, Georgia does not discriminate against religions or nationalities and will authorize your marriage as long as you present the necessary documentation.
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