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Register marriage in US?

Postby spitzig » 20 Apr 2012, 00:27

I recently married a Taiwanese woman. I'm trying to figure out the stuff for getting a marriage visa. Apparently, I'm required to register my marriage in my home country. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to do this. The US doesn't care-all foreign marriages are simply recognized as valid(with some exceptions). I emailed AIT, they pointed to "the state where I would live". I have no plans to live in the US, but guessed I should go with the state I last lived in. I've contacted the Attorney General and Register of Wills in that state. They have no authority to issue marriage licenses or the licenses are issued to people in the state.

I'm sure it's possible...
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Re: Register marriage in US?

Postby EigerMarcus » 20 Apr 2012, 09:45

Someone can correct me if I am wrong as I am neither married nor an American but you do not need to register your marriage in the States to get the JFRV. If you were married overseas then you need the marriage certificate (or proof of registration - if your country has that). If you were married here then you can apply with that registration. If you look in the General Legal Matters Forum there are three subforums: Certification; Marriage; and Divorce. You should be able to find answers there.
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Re: Register marriage in US?

Postby cranky laowai » 20 Apr 2012, 10:11

AIT's Web site says this:
How do I have my U.S. marriage recognized to receive an alien registration card from the Taiwan government?

You can write an affidavit stating the certificate in question is legitimate, and we will take your oath and notarize your signature on the affidavit. You can use this affidavit in support of your application for an alien registration card in Taiwan.


IIRC, AIT charges US$50 (or the NT$ equivalent) for notarization.
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Re: Register marriage in US?

Postby spitzig » 20 Apr 2012, 22:42

I was married in Taiwan. I'm going through the thread in the marriage forum, but it's 21 pages long. It'll take a while.
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Re: Register marriage in US?

Postby Enigma » 01 May 2012, 22:43

This post has been edited because I made a mistake in naming the type of document. If you are trying to register your marriage in the U.S., this will probably work but since I have no experience in this regard, I am only offerring a possible solution. This works for trademarks, patents and the like and is oft called the "poor man's solution" My guess is that marriage will work also.
Try this. Go to your County Clerk's office at the local courthouse. Actually, any Court Clerk for any county will probably be ok but your last known county may be more handy. Take your Taiwan marriage certificate, properly translated and notorized. (Get this done in Taiwan. Check the Visa and APRC threads for places to get this done. If you can't find one, let me know. I have some addresses but AIT is EXPENSIVE.) Tell the Clerk that you want to file the marriage. Usually, the fee is about 5.00 U.S. or less. The clerk should not be concerned with the documents. His/her only job is to file and charge the proper fee. Then ask for a [EDIT: EXLEMPLIFIED] copy. Don't settle for a "Registered" copy. The [EXPLIFIED] copy includes more officiality. No particulars, but "registered" probably won't work. Then take your [EXEPLIFIED] copy of the Clerk's doc and you should be ok. It should have signatures of the Clerk and a Superior Court Judge with lots of stamps and other official looking stuff. This will probably take a few days. Should do the trick.
Sorry for the earlier mistake.
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Re: Register marriage in US?

Postby Enigma » 02 May 2012, 01:13

I tried to edit this but could not do so, so I am trying to head you off. I made an error with "Certified Copy" You need an "Exemplified Copy". This is a big difference. Sorry for the lapse in my post.
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