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Q: Marriage documents required?

Another question for foreigners who married a Chinese citizen.........I know a Divorce certificate and/or a Single Status certificate is required but what other documents are required from the foreign spouse?

Is a birth certificate required? I have lost mines sad Do you need to state or have proof of your Place/Country of Birth; hence, need your birth certificate? Does the application form ask for this information at all?

 

And what exactly is the visa procedure for the foreign fiance who is currently living outside China and intends to travel to China to marry and settle down in China; what documents and visa should be applied for? Is it a L tourist visa but I believe that L visas are only issued for maybe 2 months maximum now after the recent changes (I previously had a 12 month L visa) I want to go to China soon but intend to marry in June, 2014, so a 2 month visa would not cut it.

 

Enlighten me with a detailed explanation!!! And yes, I know similar questions were asked before, but not exactly similar if you catch my drift wink

5 years 45 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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Hi

You'll need only your single certificate and Passport and wedding photos of you two guys together, just walk into any photo shop and they'll set you up.. no birth cert needed..

Next don't be a married fool and work illegally, get your Z visa now and hired by a company wherever you and your wife will live.. Oh if you're thinking about the so called marriage visa you need to be married for 1 to 2 years with 60,000 RMB.. So no choice get your Z visa...

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Yup. Like Ironman510 says, a singles certificate and passport. Local rules might apply though.

In my case a "Certificate of marriageability" is not handled by the embassy, so had to get it from home. As mail is slow, I had a scanned copy sent, then the scanned document was translated by the local notary office, then it was signed by the embassy staff with a declaration that the authority behind the original document is indeed a real thing. 

 

Remember to have a prenup saying the MIL will never live with you and your wife. 

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Yes, you need to come to China with 'L' visa. Once married you can then go to the 'entry/exit office' and get a Q1 or Q2 [family] visa and, you might be entitled to stay for

180 days. This is a new type of visa and just came into being this summer. Check the particulars on the Chinese Embassy or govt. web page for what exactly you will need. For sure you will need some document that states you are single and are allowed to marry.

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I'm Canadian, you might want to look at where to get the Cerificate of marriageablity. I checked it out at home, swear before a justice of the peace, pay for this?, get copy, send for official translation to Chinese, pay a fee and send to Dept of F.Affairs,pay a fee and they want 8 weeks to process,thats a lot of running around,,,,,, or ,,,, I can go to Embassy an GZ on Thursday morning, swear it and pickup the certificate the same afternoon for small change. Better you check this out for yourself.

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Thanks for the replies!!!

 

Can someone clarify that I will receive a Q1 or Q2 visa as a spouse after marriage and how long will the visa be for (only 180 days and need to renew after its expiry?) and will the visa allow multiple re-entry to Mainland China?

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I recently applied for L visa, one year multiple entry 90 day stay, same as I had last year, They gave me S2 visa, 1 yr, 35 day stay, multiple entry. No telling what you will get, it will work out.

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wow why is it so easy to get married for canadians here

 

for me its a pain. have to translate tons of her documents into german and send it to germany then put my together with hers and get a new paper from germany, then translate it back into chinese

 

was quite informative about the visa stuff here, i though you can get a rp immediately. man china is really annoying

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I got married in 2008. The visa rules were different then.  I went to a lawyer in Edmonton to get an Affidavit notarized that said I was free to marry. That was it. Flew to China had the documents translated and notarized at a law office in Beihai, Guangxi and got the red book; all in one day.  I was in China on a tourist visa.  The local PSB extended it for year.

Don't ask about the law behind that.  I didn't.  It was a 1 year L visa. The idea was to take her back to Canada in February.  That is when things got interesting. Since then I have been here on a RP because I am working. Not because I am married.  So I don't have any experience with the new visa laws.

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