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CIVIL MARRIAGES
08 February 2018 17:48



The non-marriage certificate is issued by the Civil Registry and Migration Department by submitting the following documents and payment of the relevant fee. For the submission of the application and the issuance of the above mentioned certificate it is necessary that applicants appear personally in Civil Registry and Migration Department. Cypriots who live abroad should apply through the Embassies/Consulates of the Republic of Cyprus.

Documents required for application for non-marriage certificate

CYPRIOTS

 1. Completed application form signed by the applicant.

 2. Passport or civil identity card.

 3. Affidavit that clearly describes his marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce/death of his spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he intends to get married.

 4. Also in case of divorce:

a) a final divorce from the Family Court, after spending 42 days from the issue or

b) religious divorce from the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus if it was before 1990

 5. Also in the event of widowhood, death certificate of his spouse by District Administration.

 6. € 34,17 fee for examination of the above mentioned application and issue the relevant certificate.

THIRD COUNTRIES

1. Completed application form signed by the applicant.

2. Temporary residence permit the validity of which should not be less than one month the day of the application for a non-marriage certificate. If the validity of Temporary residence permit is less than a month (even one day) the applicant must submit receipt of payment of a new application for a temporary residence permit in the Republic of Cyprus.

3. Affidavit that clearly describes his marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce/death of his spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he intends to get married.

4. Non-marriage certificate from the competent authority of the country of origin of the applicant with an official translation into Greek/English and duly certified.

5. In case of divorce, a divorce certificate (final) with an official translation into Greek or English and duly certified.

6. In the event of widowhood, death certificate of his spouse with an official translation into Greek or English and duly certified.

7. Valid passport.

8. € 34,17 fee for examination of the above mentioned application and issue the relevant certificate.

PLEASE NOTE that all public documents issued abroad must:

a) bear an official translation into Greek or English from Press and Information Office.

b) Be certified with APOSTILLE if the country has signed the Hague Convention of 1961 or

 - Certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in his country or

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the Embassy / Consulate of his country in Cyprus and then certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus. - In the instance that the country of origin of the applicant has not signed the Hague Convention of 1961and there is no Embassy /Consulate in the above mentioned country the documents must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the nearest Embassy / Consulate which is accredited to Cyprus.

FOR THE CASE OF UKRAINE: He/she should obtain a non-Marriage Certificate or confirmation, issued by the local authority of his/her residence. This document must be faxed to the Embassy of Ukraine in Cyprus. The Consular Affairs Office of the Ukrainian Embassy will issue, sign and stamp a Certificate of Marriage non-impediment Certificate, which should be presented together with the faxed document, when the applicant decides to submit his/her application to the CRMD.

EUROPEANS

1. Completed application form signed by the applicant.

2. Valid Registration Certificate (Yellow Slip).

3. Affidavit that clearly describes his marital status (single/divorced/widow). In case of divorce or widowhood must be stated that the applicant has not been married since the divorce/death of his spouse. The Affidavit should also state the name of the person with whom he intends to get married.

4. Valid passport. 5. Non-marriage certificate from the competent authority in the country with an official translation into Greek/English and duly certified.

6. In case of divorce, a divorce certificate (final) with an official translation into Greek/English and duly certified.

7. In the event of widowhood, death certificate of his spouse translated into Greek/English and duly certified.

8. € 34,17 fee for examination of the said application and issue the relevant certificate.

PLEASE NOTE that all public documents issued abroad must:

a) bear an official translation into Greek or English from Press and Information Office.

b) Be certified with APOSTILLE if the country has signed the Hague Convention of 1961 or

- Certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in his country or - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the Embassy / Consulate of his country in Cyprus and then certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus. - In the instance that the country of origin of the applicant has not signed the Hague Convention of 1961and there is no Embassy /Consulate in the above mentioned country the documents must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the nearest Embassy / Consulate which is accredited to Cyprus.

In all other cases applicants should submit the Marriage non-impediment Certificate.

Legalization of Marriage, that Was Contracted Abroad, in Ukraine

Registered overseas marriage should be legalized in Ukraine if a couple wants to have rights and guarantees established by laws of Ukraine for the couple, such as: inheritance rights, rights in the medical field, parental rights, etc. In Ukraine, the main law that regulates family relations is the Family Code of Ukraine, and for international couples we can look for norms of the Law of Ukraine “About Private International Law”. Regarding to the latest law, we should mention an important detail, namely fixed in paragraph 1 Article 58 of the Law, that the marriage between citizens of Ukraine, the marriage between a Ukrainian citizen and a foreigner, a marriage between a Ukrainian citizen and a stateless person which is concluded outside Ukraine in accordance to the law of a foreign state is valid in Ukraine if grounds for invalidity of marriage are stated according to the Family Code of Ukraine. With most of the countries there are no any difficulties with the recognition of a marriage contracted in their territory with a citizen of Ukraine; however, with some Arab countries nuances may occur, because sometimes their laws put women in a worse position than the current law in Ukraine.

The document which establishes procedures for the immediate legalization of marriage contracted abroad is the order of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine №52/5 from 18.10.2000, “On approval of Rules of the state registration of civil status in Ukraine” (as amended). Under these rules, documents issued by the competent authorities of foreign states, evidencing the acts of civil status, concluded outside Ukraine according to the laws of foreign countries are recognized as valid in Ukraine with legalization, unless other conditions are provided by international agreements of Ukraine, consent to be bound by the Supreme Council Ukraine. So, for Ukraine to recognized a marriage contracted in another country, with all the attendant legal consequences, the marriage must be legalized.

As a rule, legalization is a procedure to bring documents in a form that meets laws of a foreign state and are recognized by public authorities of that State. The procedure of legalization of documents in Ukraine, such as a marriage certificate, divorce or divorce contracted abroad, takes place on the basis of the Instruction about the procedure of consular legalization of official documents in Ukraine and abroad, approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine №113 from 04.06.2002. Interested parties should contact the Consulate of Ukraine in the country in which the marriage was contracted, where the Ukrainian consul put the appropriate inscription on the document of identification. In the case of absence in the country of origin of the documents of a consular post of Ukraine, foreign documents can be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the condition of their certification in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of documents and the consular post of the country, which represents its interests in Ukraine. After entry to Ukraine marriage must be official translated, after that the document will be accessible with with same force as documents issued in Ukraine.

Separately I want to note that countries which have signed the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 5th of October 1961, there is no need to pass consular legalization. Apostille from the Ministry of Justice of the country is enough. Thus it is necessary to know that not all countries recognize the apostille affixed by Ukraine, in particular Germany necessarily require consular legalization despite the fact that it is a party of the Convention.

You should also pay attention to the fact that the passage of apostille or consular legalization of documents is absolutely not necessary if the documents are issued by countries that have concluded agreements on mutual assistance in civil and criminal cases with Ukraine.

According to the Article 21 of the Code the marriage is the family union of a woman and a man registered in the state registry office. Procedurally, an application for marriage registration is submitted by a woman and a man personally to any civil registry office. If the couple can not submit the application personally for valid reasons, an application certified by a notary can be submitted by their legal representatives, whose authority must also be certified by a notary. If a marriage is not registered on the scheduled day for some reason, the application for marriage registration remains valid within three months from the date of its submission.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS The following documents must be submitted to civil registry office (RAGS):

-Ukrainian certified/notarized translation of foreign passport;

-Birth certificate with proper authentication (Apostille or Consular legalization obtained in your country). Altogether must be translated to Ukrainian and certified by Notary in Ukraine;

-Document on individual's current marital status (also known as Single Status Affidavit, Certificate of No Impediment), proving that you are legally able to marry. Proper authentication to be performed in your country (Apostille or Legalization). In Ukraine it must be translated to Ukrainian and certified by Notary. Please note, that Letter of No Impediment must be obtained in country of foreigner fianc?e/fianc?s' domicile with Apostille stamp from this country.

-Divorce decree or divorce certificate, or court judgment on marriage annulment, or spouse's death certificate if any (these documents must be presented only by individuals who have been previously married). Proper authentication to be performed in your country (Apostille or Consular Legalization). In Ukraine it must be translated to Ukrainian and certified by Notary.

TIMEFRAME The usual period to complete the marriage registration process in Ukraine is one month. However, foreign nationals with a reasonable excuse may request permission to register their marriage before the expiration of one month. After the registration of marriage, you receive standard pattern Marriage Certificate in Ukrainian language, approved by the Ukrainian Ministry. Marriage Certificate is a subject to further legalization and certified translation, if it will be used for immigration purposes.

PLACE OF REGISTRATION A marriage is usually registered in the premises of the Civil Registry Offices, but a marriage can be registered in another place if so requested in the application. For instance, upon request the marriage can be registered in the place of the couple's residence, in a hospital or in any another place, if the couple are unable to come to the civil registry office for valid reasons. One absolute requirement, however, is that a man and a woman must be present personally at the registration of their marriage. In other words, registration of marriage through a designated representative or by a Power of Attorney is not permitted.

RIGHT TO CHOOSE A SURNAME Persons entering into a marriage have the right to choose the surname of one of them as the common surname of the spouses or to keep the surnames they had before marriage. They also can add the surname of each other to her/his surname. If they wish to have a double surname, they have the right to select whose surname will be the first in the double surname, and whose surname is the second. Combination of more than two surnames is usually not allowed, unless it is a custom of their national minority.

If the surname is already double by the date of marriage, he/she has the right to replace one of the parts of his/her surname with his/her surname.

Certificate of non-marital status

A certificate of non-marital status is necessary for people who want to marry a foreigner abroad. This document is mandatory for registration of the union, because it confirms that the bearer has no marital obligations. Without this document, marriage abroad is impossible.

You can get a certificate of marital status at the Embassy. It is done only with personal presence, you need to have with you the following documents:

  • National passport;
  • Identification code;
  • Document certifying marriage cancellation (is necessary if the applicant was earlier in marital relations).

Thus, having personally come to the Consul and having the above mentioned papers, you will receive a statement about not being married only in 20-30 minutes.

Each country has its own requirements for the term of validity of this document. As a rule, a certificate of absence of marriage is valid from 1 to 3 months

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