Singles certificate from the UK

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Postby Omniloquacious » 11 Nov 2003, 16:25

Thanks again, Sandman. It's all beginning to sound quite promising
-- though of course I'd never take anything for granted with Taiwanese bureaucracy.
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Postby sandman » 12 Nov 2003, 13:00

Here is a copy of the exact text on my proxy certificate of non-impediment. This was accepted by the Taiwan authorities in 1997.
AFFIDAVIT
by
Name & address of PROXY

At (name of town) on the 20th day of February Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Seven in the presence of (Name, title & address of solicitor).

COMPEARED (Name & address of PROXY), who being solemnly sworn and interrogated depones as follows:-

1. I am (name & address of PROXY).

2. I am the father of (name & address in Taiwan of APPLICANT). The said (name of APPLICANT) is the holder of United Kingdom Passport Number (APPLICANT'S passport number).

3. I do solemnly swear that my son the said (name of APPLICANT) is not now married, nor has he ever been married.

ALL WHICH IS TRUTH AS THE DEPONENT SHALL ANSWER TO GOD.

Signatures of PROXY and SOLICITOR


The document bears a large shiny red many-pointed embossed solicitor's seal.

The back of the document bears three stamps affixed by the Taiwan Rep. office in London.
The first is the official Rep. Office stamp.
Next to it is an oblong stamp which says in Chinese: "This verifies that the signatures are true. It does not verify that the content is true."
Next to that is a larger square stamp which bears the case number of the application and in English and Chinese: "Attested on this day at Taipei Representative Office in the UK that the signature(s) / seal(s) of (solicitor's name) in this document is authentic. By authorization, (signature of rep. office official).

You or your sister will have to call the rep. office to find out how much they charge for this service. Your sister will also need to enclose a pre-stamped envelope addressed to you in Taiwan. The document gets sent directly to you once it has been authorized.

Hope this helps.
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Postby Omniloquacious » 12 Nov 2003, 13:34

Very helpful indeed, Sandman. Thanks a lot.

I can see that it was sworn in Scotland, as the language differs in several places from what would be used in England. But it's an excellent precedent, and my sister will easily be able to make the necessary adjustments to produce the finished article.
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Postby glaikit » 13 Dec 2003, 22:43

Getting married in April. Also a bit confused by all this. Omni, did you give the proxy letter a try? Did they accept it?
I guess we are supposed to produce the documents when we first apply at the court house, right? How long before the actual day are we supposed to apply?
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Postby Omniloquacious » 17 Dec 2003, 20:48

glaikit wrote:Getting married in April. Also a bit confused by all this. Omni, did you give the proxy letter a try? Did they accept it?
I guess we are supposed to produce the documents when we first apply at the court house, right? How long before the actual day are we supposed to apply?


I arranged to get both the sworn affidavit of a proxy and a search from the General Register Office. However, neither had arrived in time for us to get married in court on December 7th as originally planned (we would have needed to present the "certificate" to the court when making the appointment at least three days before then), so we scrapped going to court and instead signed a standard local contract of marriage witnessed by two members of her family, which is apparently sufficient to make the marriage valid and binding under Taiwanese law, and was enough to satisfy her parents after we'd explained about the difficulties with the documentation from England. So we believe ourselves to be already married, and have just returned from our honeymoon in Bali. As soon as we receive the papers from England, we'll take them and the "marriage contract" to the household registry, and attempt to get the marriage registered. I hope there won't be any problems, as there damn well oughtn't to be -- but one never can tell. I'll let you know the outcome in due course.

The situation is, of course, absurd, and I have complained about it volubly to various close connections in high places in the government. The difficulties of my situation and my extreme dissatisfaction have been reported to people in the Ministry of the Interior, so I hope that might help nudge them toward amending the rules to make them more reasonable. There is no reason at all why we shouldn't be able to simply swear the requisite affidavit in a local attorney's office, and the rules certainly need to be changed accordingly.

Good luck with the wedding preparations, and do please keep us informed of your progress.
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Postby david » 27 Dec 2003, 01:03

You guys may like to check with the office where you're getting married exactly what they need - there's a fair chance that all you need is a certificate from the General Register Office that they've done a search.

I got married in January, and all I needed was the GRO document. Of course, don't forget that it's got to be legalised by first the F&CO then the Taiwan trade office in UK. I suggest phoning the GRO as they're quite helpful - in particular, if you pay more you can get it done in a couple of days, and they will forward the doc to the F&CO for you, and ask them to forward it to the Taiwan office. 10 minutes on the phone, a credit card bill and a 2+ week wait was all it took!

A couple of other things to note:
My wife was still on her parents household register in Pingdong, but we didn't have any problem getting married in Hsindien (Xindian).
We faxed through to the court official all our documents on the Monday, he okayed them, we got married on the Friday.

Note that we actually got married at the court - as opposed to getting married beforehand and simply registering the marriage later. The process may be subtly different doing it like that.
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Re: Singles certificate from the UK

Postby Juba » 30 Jun 2006, 19:14

I have my decree absolute or final decree or whatever it's called of divorce from London. Since before the date of divorce I have been in Taiwan nearly all the time. Would the authorities in Taiwan (or other places where I might get married - Hong Kong is under consideration) accept this instead of any other kind of proof of not being married e.g. mother's sworn statement etc? * The decree bears the stamp of a court in London - does it still have to be stamped by the Taiwan representative office in London?

Thanks in advance for your learned advice.

*How about my ex-wife's sworn statment that she isn't married to me any more and neither is anyone else?
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Postby Chris » 30 Jun 2006, 19:27

Can't you go to the British representative office in Taipei and simply sign an affidavit saying you're not married, which is then notarized by the office? Americans can do that here at the AIT.

Seems Brits have to jump through more hoops to get married here than Americans do.
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Postby Edgar Allen » 14 Jul 2006, 15:40

I m divorced and all my paperwork is in storage in Vietnam including the divorce certificate. Everything has been in storage for over a year and am now thinking about the possibility of getting married before I leave Taiwan...i.e.before I get my stuff out of storage.

If we do not plan to stay in Taiwan presumably we can just get married anywhere right? Other than Vegas does anyone know of places that will not require the divorce certificate in order to marry us?
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