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How can I get married to a non-Filipino spouse here in the UAE?

For single OFWs in the UAE who are ready to mingle, a spark of love finds them along the way which leads them to their lifelong partners. Wedding ceremonies are officiated by the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi but what if your special someone happens to be a non-Filipino? Here are the steps as per the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi:

Quick Numbers
• 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Daily timings for applying for the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.
• Dh100 – The cost for the processing at the Phil. Embassy once all requirements are completed. This is aside the costs of the other document requirements which has to be authenticated.
• Fifteen (15) consecutive working days – The number of days required upon posting of the marriage banns or announcement of the marriage at the premises of the Philippine Embassy before you can get the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.
• 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Daily timings to get the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage after the 15-working day posting.

Initial notes
Both parties are required to make a personal appearance during the filing and issuance of the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.

Document checklist for the Filipino fiancé/fiancée:
The first requirement is dependent on the age of the person:
– Filipinos aged 18-21 require a DFA-Authenticated Consent of parents
– Filipinos aged 21-25 require a DFA-Authenticated Advice of parents
– No requirement from parents from age 26 and above.

The affidavit can be downloaded here. (Affidavit of Parental Consent / Advice for Marriage)
Here are the rest of the requirements:
• Duly accomplished LCCM form (may be downloaded from the Embassy’s website or obtained at the Embassy);
• DFA-Authenticated PSA Birth Certificate;
• DFA-Authenticated PSA CENOMAR;
• One (1) passport copies;
• Two (2) recent passport-size photos;

Additional Requirements: For Widower/Widow
The important thing to note for Widowers/Widows is that they must first wait exactly 300 days after the death of their spouse before they can apply for the LCCM. Here are the additional requirements:
– If the deceased spouse was Filipino, death certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and duly authenticated by the DFA.
– If the deceased spouse was a non-Filipino, death certificate from issued from home country of dead non-Filipino spouse duly authenticated by the concerned embassy and/or attested by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (if not in English, said document must be legally translated into English).
– Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and authenticated by the DFA.
– Advisory on Marriage issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and authenticated by the DFA.

Additional Requirements: For applicants who had a previous marriage that got annulled/divorced
– Philippine Judicial Declaration of Foreign Divorce (for divorced) or Judicial Decree of Nullity of Marriage (for annulled) with Certificate of Finality issued by a competent Philippine Court and duly authenticated by the DFA.
– Annotated null and void Marriage Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and authenticated by the DFA.
– Advisory on Marriage issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and authenticated by the DFA.

Documents required from the non-Filipino fiancé/fiancée:
The important thing to note is that if you’ll be marrying an already married Muslim male, a written notarized Consent of the First Wife (and other wives, if applicable) authenticated by the applicant’s Embassy or Consulate in the UAE and/or by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (if not in English, said document must be legally translated into English) is required by the Embassy.

Here are the other requirements:
• Birth Certificate issued at the applicant’s home country duly authenticated by the applicant’s respective Embassy or Consulate in the UAE and by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (if not in English, said document must be legally translated into English);
• Certificate of Civil Status issued at the applicant’s home country duly authenticated by the applicant’s respective Embassy or Consulate in the UAE and by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (if not in English, said document must be legally translated into English);
• One (1) passport copies;
• Two (2) recent passport-size photos;

The next steps
Step 1: Upon completion of all the requirements, both parties must make a personal appearance at the Embassy from 8:00 AM to 12:00 to submit all documents and apply for the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.

Step 2: At the Embassy, get your queuing number from the information counter before you proceed to the Consular Section. Wait for your number to be called or to appear on the board then proceed to Counter C to submit your documents. Wait for your claim stub.

Step 3: Proceed to the cashier to pay 100 AED. Remember to return the yellow copy of the receipt to Counter C.

Step 4: There will be marriage banns or announcement of the marriage to be posted at the premises of the Philippine Embassy for fifteen (15) consecutive working days, after which, if no impediments for the marriage are discovered, the parties may get their Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.

Step 5: Come back to the Embassy to claim the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage. Releasing time for this certificate is from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. At the Embassy, get your queuing number from the information counter before you proceed to the Consular Section. Wait for your number to be called or to appear on the board then proceed to Counter C to claim the Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage.

Step 6: After your marriage outside the Embassy, you can Report your Marriage to the Embassy.

2 Comments

  1. Why like this..too much requirements sir madam ..the philippine asking too much we just want to get married why is it soo hard.. What do u think? Marami kaming pera o oras dito pra pa balik2 sa Dubai mag process para saan ang singleness Na Galing sa pinas Na nka red ribbon ba..nahihirapan Po kami ako Po Miami na experience q.. At hanggang ngayon di parin tapos mag expired na iba qong papers Ang iba Na nman ang Na ok ..hanggang sa ma expired na nman di Po kami nka upo dito kasalanan Po Ba namin at magpapakasal kami dito para bang gusto nalang namin mag live in Na walang Kasal kasi Subrang hirap Na eh..qong pera pa bayadan nalng deretso nang buo Sana .. Kasi may mga trabaho Po kami dito .. Ang hirap,sana Po ma intindihan nyo bat kami mkakapag Sabi nang ganito dati dw di nmam ganito …bakit ngayon Subrang Dami nang hinihingi Sabi nang judge sa amin Kanina wala din dw cla kagawa kasi Amy consulate dw tlaga natin ang humihingi nang mga papel Na yan

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