Indian married to Canadian

#1 Jun 2nd, 2015, 21:12
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Hi. I am an Indian citizen married to a Canadian citizen. We live in the US. My wife has obtained an Entry Visa and we plan to relocate to India in the near future.

I was wondering if anyone had experience with the following:

1. Registering at FRRO in India. Do we need to get our marriage certificate apostilled at the Indian Consulate in USA?

2. Can we get an Indian marriage certificate even though my wife and I got married in the US?

3. If we decide to get married in India, how do we obtain the marriage certificate?

I am focused on this for the following reasons - (i) I want to have the documents needed to register at the FRRO, (ii) I want to have the documents to renew her Entry Visa in 5 years time and (iii) I want to have the documents needed for her OCI application.

Thanks for your advice and thoughts.
#2 Jun 2nd, 2015, 23:15
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May I ask what is the purpose of all this extra paperwork?

Why don't you just apply for an X visa on the basis of the registered marriage in the US.?
#3 Jun 3rd, 2015, 01:13
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She did already...

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My wife has obtained an Entry Visa
nmenon, there is no need of anything that you mention. Your American marriage will be recognised in India. It already has been, for the issue of the X visa.

You do not need an Indian marriage, or an Indian marriage certificate/registration. You can do whatever religious/ceremonial thing you want, but no need to register it: you are already legally married.

Stop worrying: just occasionally life turns out to be simpler than we think!
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That you both for your responses. My worry stemmed from the fact that when we need to register my wife at the FRRO it states that the marriage certificate needs to be apostilled by the Indian Mission abroad. If this is constantly the case every time we need something, it would be quite a pain to get it when we are in India.

But it looks like the list of documents needed is sometimes more than they would need.

Perhaps both of you have registered at a FRRO and can let me know how that process is?
#5 Jun 3rd, 2015, 23:19
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it states that the marriage certificate needs to be apostilled by the Indian Mission abroad.
Oh, I hope I haven't given you out-of-date information! Where did you read that? The list of docs on the Immigration Bureau's site, where one does the online registration, does, I think, cover necessary documents for more than one eventuality. I don't see it on the document linked at the bottom of this page
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I got it from here http://immigrationindia.nic.in/content/documents-be-produced-extension-visa#/ENTRY/DEPENDANT VISA EXTENSION (see point #6):

6.Copy of marriage certificate duly solemnized/ registered in India (if married in India). If married abroad, marriage certificate to be authenticated/certified by concerned Indian Missions abroad (apostille).

To have the Indian Missions abroad apostille it I have to add my spouse's name to my passport.
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Originally Posted by nmenon View Post I got it from here http://immigrationindia.nic.in/content/documents-be-produced-extension-visa#/ENTRY/DEPENDANT VISA EXTENSION (see point #6):
That says Visa Extension, not registration. Go to the link in my previous post, at the bottom of that page there is another link to a PDF (Or just click here). That is for registration.

You could try contacting the FRRO where you intend to live and ask them. This always comes with the risk that what one official says one day may be different to what another asks the next, but, if you are worried, it might be worth a try.

I don't think you have to worry about this, but I'd hate to cost you a return airfare!

(I did all this nearly ten years ago, and our marriage cert is Indian anyway)

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