Apostille for a PIO??? HELP

#1 Jun 27th, 2008, 19:00
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My husband is French and we have been married for almost one year (12th July it will be one year) and we want to apply for a PIO. Apparently we need to register our marriage with the French government before we apply for a PIO. I am getting a little worried about it and need help. Please help us with the following:
1. What is this appostille? Do we need to register our marriage with the French embassy/ government before applying for a PIO?
2. What papers will we require?
3. I have the forms for the PIO and all the necessary papers but have no clue how long the registration would take with the French Govt. or how long the PIO application would take?
If anyone has any experience in this please help us. I am worried that he might have to leave or be deported or something. his x visa is valid till the 8th of August.

Thank you
#2 Jun 27th, 2008, 22:21
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Apparently we need to register our marriage with the French government before we apply for a PIO.
'apparently' according to whom? All the Indian Government should be interested in is your Indian marriage, and the French government has no interest in your PIO.

I won't try to explain what an appostile is --- because I only learnt about them last week! Google will do a far better job than I can; you'll probably find that there is a name for the same concept in your language.

I'm British; I married an Indian citizen in India, and we have an Indian Marriage Certificate. That's all it took for getting my PIO Card; no involvement with British government stuff at all.

Application for PIO, where entitlement is clear, like having an old Indian passport (for one-time Indian Citizens) or a not-so-old Indian spouse (for those of us married to Indians), it should not take long. Weeks or, at worst, months.

I was lucky: our application was handled by people we were already known to at Chennai, so there was no further investigation and it took only a week.
#3 Feb 14th, 2010, 01:10
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embassy

Its so tough to get information from the consulate.


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Originally Posted by L Visco View Post My husband is French and we have been married for almost one year (12th July it will be one year) and we want to apply for a PIO. Apparently we need to register our marriage with the French government before we apply for a PIO. I am getting a little worried about it and need help. Please help us with the following:
1. What is this appostille? Do we need to register our marriage with the French embassy/ government before applying for a PIO?
2. What papers will we require?
3. I have the forms for the PIO and all the necessary papers but have no clue how long the registration would take with the French Govt. or how long the PIO application would take?
If anyone has any experience in this please help us. I am worried that he might have to leave or be deported or something. his x visa is valid till the 8th of August.

Thank you
#4 Feb 14th, 2010, 03:51
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Here's an explanation of apostille. It's basically a sort of document authentication like having something notarized, except done by a governmental body, and usually associated with documents used internationally. I'm an American married to an Indian, and part of getting my wife's US visa was getting an apostille stamp on our India marriage certificate, which we got in Delhi here.

Like Nick, it was not necessary for my PIO card (we were married in India, which may be the reason). If you were married in France what they may want is an apostille stamp of your French marriage certificate. Perhaps the French Embassy could do that for you. I would imagine that they'd need nothing more than passports and the original marriage certificate.

As for the time to get PIO in India, search the site for examples. Many find it much easier to get PIO in their home country.
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#5 Feb 18th, 2010, 15:09
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I am a US citizen married to an Indian. Our original marriage (and only marriage certificate) is American. I got the PIO card years ago in New York and then again got it replaced this year in New York with no problem. Back when I was first applying, I asked at the Home Ministry in Delhi and they said they did not have any way to verify my US marriage certificate so I should either apply for the PIO in the US or get our marriage officially certified or something in India. I looked into doing that and it didn't look too difficult but the next time I wa sint eh US I just aplied at the Indian consulate in New York and got my PIO card in one week. I asked there, and they said that if I had had an Indian certificate it would have been alright.

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