How to get Marriage Certificate after 8 years of marriage

#1 Feb 18th, 2015, 17:39
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I'm from Thailand, and my husband is Indian. We got married in Kerala from a religious leader in Calicut city and he had issued a small marriage certificate to us. I'm living in India for over 8 years on X visa with this certificate. I also extended my visa many times, and there was never any issue with my documents. I even have a 6 years old son who was born in India and holding Indian passport. However, on my last visa extension, FRO had rejected my application and said that my marriage certificate is invalid, and they want me to submit the marriage registration certificate from Foreign Marriage Act 1969. I don't have that. Now how can I obtain one which also recognize my 7 years of marriage in India? because I planned to apply for PIO Card soon. How long the process should take?
#2 Feb 18th, 2015, 19:41
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I don't know in your region, but here in the small town I live in, I once thought I would have to get my foreign marriage certificate redone locally, so I asked about it. I went to the court area, where lots of lawyers have tiny offices. They have a document they can type up that officially registers a marriage that may have been done on some other format (in my case foreign official, in your case religious, local). It looked like the process would be quick, maybe a week or two waiting, that's all. But in the end I didn't need to do it because I got the PIO card from my home country where the original marriage certificate was issued, and that was fine.

By the way, the PIO card has been merged into the OCI card, so you'll apply for OCI, not PIO.

It looks like the OCI card has a waiting period of 2 years, whereas the PIO had a waiting period of only one year. I hope when you apply for the OCI, they start counting from your real original marriage and not from this recent official paper.

Since the officials at your FRO used to accept your original paper, it may be possible that the original paper is sufficient and you don't need to get the new official registration. Sometimes some official will just be obstructive for no observable reason. You should probably find out about applying for the OCI card directly, and try that, especially if you can do it at a bigger FRRO and not through the same local official. If you're lucky, the OCI application will accept your existing marriage ceert and you will get the OCI in a couple of months.

Please keep us posted so that other people can find out what worked for you!
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Thank you. I'm talking to a lawyer at the moment, and I will get marriage certificate done as fast as possible. Will keep posting the update
#4 Feb 19th, 2015, 00:32
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So my parents needed a marriage certificate 50-odd years after the deed, and there was no problem in getting it. They went to the Registration Office directly. They needed two people to sign an affidavit saying they were married (and I got quite a kick from being one of the two witnesses) and some proof in the form of a wedding invitation or a photograph. Luckily my parents could produce a phhoto from their wedding. It took them a couple weeks to get the certificate.

Your case may be different because of the Foreign Marriage Act. Good luck!
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Foreign Marriage Act 1969 should not apply in this case. I font know under what marriage act the OP got married.
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I am still working out how to get divorced!
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I will try the same.
#8 Feb 19th, 2015, 19:28
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I thought that the Foreign Marriage Act covered marriages outside of India, at Indian consulates etc. Tes married her partner in Kerala, so it could not possibly apply.

or have I mixed it up with something else?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I thought that the Foreign Marriage Act covered marriages outside of India, at Indian consulates etc. [...]
or have I mixed it up with something else?
I don't know! I just mentioned FMA because Tes did, but have no idea.

(OT: all the marriage regulations in India seem so confusing . Why not have one rule for everyone.)
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Because it would be against someone's religion.
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As far as I know the foreign marriage act applies for marriages outside of India (for example in the Indien embassy in Dubai).
The special marriage act is for people with different religions or when you just want a registered marriage and it can even be used to register religious marriages.

To make it even more complicated: in Kerala it is only possible to register marriages under the common marriage act. In case of a divorce, the rules of the hindu marriage act would apply if the couple had a Hindu marriage which was registered under this act.

I think the marriage of the TO should be registered in Kerala. Nowadays it is necessary to have a religious marriage registered and the marriage registrar will tell you which papers you will need for that. For us, this was a pretty straight forward process. A lot of running around to get all the papers copied, stamped, etc. but we got a list with the necessary documents. And you can have as many marriage certificates as you like for very little money.
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Thanks for replying guys. We just had a talk with an agent who we got his number online. He told us he could get the marriage certificate done for Rs. 5000, but we will have to wait for a month. I really need it urgently though because I have to give this certificate to FRO for my extension as soon as possible. My visa extension process is already about 1.5 months late. I will let you guys know the update.
#13 Feb 20th, 2015, 21:36
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He told us he could get the marriage certificate done for Rs. 5000,
Well, if he delivers, that's the price of urgency, I suppose. I forget the fee for the certificate itself, but it is something like ten or twenty rupees. You can find out on the state website.

Tell him: strictly cash on delivery

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