Getting married to foreigner without Residence Permit

#1 Sep 29th, 2010, 18:46
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Hi there folks,

I am Indian, intending to get married to my girlfriend, Iranian national in India on a Student visa.

She entered in June with a 7 month student visa. Registered with Pune FRRO and obtained a 3 month Residence Permit which expired in Sep. She applied for a renewal a month in advance but hasnt got it yet.

We are getting married through the Special Marriages Act 1954, so went to the Marriage Registrar office in Pune last week who first refused to accept the intial application without a valid Residence Permit. Somehow managed to get the application in with the chap at the office warning us , we wont be able to solemnize the marriage without a current valid Residence permit.

Anybody else facing issues in getting FRRO to renew their permits? The issue seemingly affects students from all nationalities. Whats her status in India at the moment without a valid permit? The nutjobs didnt even issue a receipt to her to confirm that she has a renewal application in.

How does marriage registration work under Special Marriages Act?
Surely, they could use her valid student visa , why are they insisting on a Residence permit? Could they be angling for a bribe or something?

What bothers me is that if the FRRO indefinitely delays the issueing of a new permit, we may not be able to go and complete our marriage formalities. Its hard enough with one Indian government department, we have two of them here to deal with.

Any thoughts on the matter welcome...
#2 Sep 29th, 2010, 20:19
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Residence permit not needed. Residence not needed. Most of us here who married Indians in India did so on tourist visas.

But there may be some basis in what they say: obviously her status here must be ok, and her student visa required her to register, which she did. Either that or they have just got it plain wrong. Or, as you surmise, they might be angling.
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Happily married for more than a year now. All good!
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Good ! May the Force be with you!!!
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Time to apply for the PIO card, then
#6 Dec 11th, 2011, 18:51
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Thanks for the update! Did you end up being able to get married without the Residence Permit?
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A cautionary note - Iranian nationals and PIO seems to be a problem. Though not mentioned here, Iran is mentioned here. There have been several threads on PIO attempts for Iranian spouses, but I don't recall any that were successful. Still worth a go, though.
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@sandy

Good to hear that all went well and you are happily married for one year now.

could you give us detailed update about how you dealt with this & that of the marriage/visa complications, if you don't mind !
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Hi, Nick-H, I've read your answers and I'm sure you understand the procedure about getting married in India very well.

I'm from Hong Kong and I want to marry my boyfriend in India, he is an Indian and lives in Baltana. Last Oct I went there and went to apply the marriage certificate in Chandigarh MC office, I've also stayed for 30 days as they requested and no one rejected us... but we still can't get the certificate, because after 30 days, the police called my father-in-law to be and said our address was wrong, uncle ji went and amended the address, but they keep asking us for the verifications, so many verifications.. we gave them everything they asked, but still they were not giving us. I had already extended my visa and on my last day in India, I went to the MC office and asked the officer, he said, my boyfriend's address is belong to Punjab not Chandigrah, that's why he can't give me the cert., we have to apply in Punjab court.

I'm in HK now and will go back next month, I want to know when we go to Punjab court, I need to stay 30 days again?? because I stayed already 30 days in Baltana...

Thanks for your help!!
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Someone who knows the geography of your area would be better placed to comment.

I had no such difficulties, but, even within one city, part of our work was trekking around finding out which was the right registrar office for our marriage.
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Originally Posted by Malika K View Post I'm from Hong Kong and I want to marry my boyfriend in India, he is an Indian and lives in Baltana. Last Oct I went there and went to apply the marriage certificate in Chandigarh MC office, I've also stayed for 30 days as they requested and no one rejected us... but we still can't get the certificate, because after 30 days, the police called my father-in-law to be and said our address was wrong, uncle ji went and amended the address, but they keep asking us for the verifications, so many verifications.. we gave them everything they asked, but still they were not giving us. I had already extended my visa and on my last day in India, I went to the MC office and asked the officer, he said, my boyfriend's address is belong to Punjab not Chandigrah, that's why he can't give me the cert., we have to apply in Punjab court.

I'm in HK now and will go back next month, I want to know when we go to Punjab court, I need to stay 30 days again?? because I stayed already 30 days in Baltana...
You (rather he) gave a 30 day notice to the registrar ? How does/did the Police get involved ? After 30 day, you get married at the registerer office.
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hi

Hi all,
I have been on a similar discussion and a few participants might he common, all the same I thought I might share my experiance
Now I am Iranian (been in India since 4th grade) and my wife is Indian, and I have been constantly following with lawyers, friends and people from the internet in the same situation. I also visited the MHA in Delhi. I have been told that an Iranian is not given/eligible for PIO/OCI, now the reasons vary but the end result is the same. It is a frustrating situation. One that effects the lives of everyone emotionally, financially and mentally.

Thus I am not able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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