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Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby pomplemousse » 21 Apr 2014, 22:23

Me and my Taiwanese fiancee are planning to get married this October in her home town of Tainan.
I've seen lots of threads stating various documents needed and things to do before one marries in Taiwan and am a little confused by it all.
I would fly over to Taiwan to marry (as I'm currently residing here in the UK and will be afterwards also).
What's the process I need to go through and what documents do I need?
Where can my fiancee obtain single proof (proof that she's no married) from?
How long is the overall process likely to take to complete before we can marry.

thank you very much for any guidance. advice.
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby spaint » 24 Apr 2014, 18:05

This thread is your starting point:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 4&t=122778

If she is Taiwanese, her household registration provides the "proof of no impediment" - it's yours (or lack thereof) that poses the problem.

If the process proves too difficult or too stressful (as you don't reside in Taiwan you might have trouble) you can get married in Hong Kong.
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 64&t=83057
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby pomplemousse » 07 May 2014, 02:50

spaint wrote:This thread is your starting point:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 4&t=122778

If she is Taiwanese, her household registration provides the "proof of no impediment" - it's yours (or lack thereof) that poses the problem.

If the process proves too difficult or too stressful (as you don't reside in Taiwan you might have trouble) you can get married in Hong Kong.
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 64&t=83057



Thank you very much for the advice. Has any other brit been in my position here where you're marrying your TW fiancee in Taiwan but YOU'RE residing here presently?
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby Dr Jellyfish » 07 May 2014, 03:11

I'm not sure how things have changed. But my wife and I had the engagement party in Taiwan; mainly to keep her folks happy. We then got married in the UK. We did it this way as it was much easier ('bout 8 years ago) to register a UK marriage in Taiwan than it was to register a Taiwanese marriage in the UK. We thought we would be moving between both countries and wanted the marriage registered in both.

I'm not sure how you'd register a Taiwanese marriage in the UK. Before you do anything you want to find out how to do this. This website will tell you if and how: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby pomplemousse » 07 May 2014, 03:19

Dr Jellyfish wrote:I'm not sure how things have changed. But my wife and I had the engagement party in Taiwan; mainly to keep her folks happy. We then got married in the UK. We did it this way as it was much easier ('bout 8 years ago) to register a UK marriage in Taiwan than it was to register a Taiwanese marriage in the UK. We thought we would be moving between both countries and wanted the marriage registered in both.

I'm not sure how you'd register a Taiwanese marriage in the UK. Before you do anything you want to find out how to do this. This website will tell you if and how: https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad



Thanks. We will get married in the UK in January next year, but like you my fiancee wants a taiwanese ceremony (october this year) also to satisfy her family.
I'm more concerned about the actual process for me to go over there to have a Taiwanese wedding ceremony. I know a need a certificate of no
impediment and a translation of this document.
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby Dr Jellyfish » 07 May 2014, 11:59

This is how you do it:

1. Get one from here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ulla-ostas

2. You will probably need an Apostille stamp placed on this. You can get them here: https://www.uk-document-services.co.uk/apostilles (and dozens of other places in the UK - just Google apostille stamp UK). However, you should have your partner phone the Taiwan Office (TROC) in the UK (or) some related office in Taiwan to confirm that you need the Apostille stamp - which makes the document internationally legal (something like that).

3. You will then need to send the document with the apostille to one of the two Taiwan Offices in the UK (in Edinburgh or London), to have a *official magic* Taiwanese stamp placed upon the thing.

(4-ish) At some point, you'll need a translation done. Not sure if it's before or after you get the stamps - you should have your partner ask the Taiwan office and have this bit clarified. Also, Taiwan is strange in the fact that it lets the people making the application translate their own documents (crazy!). You need to check if this is still true. If it is, you and your wife-to-be could translate it. You just need to follow the original layout as closely as possible, so the people (fools) checking it can see that the info on the top left bit in the English document matches the info on the top left bit of the translation, etc.

Disclaimer - the Taiwanese government may have changed policies since I did it last, so have your partner ring them and ask exactly what they want. MAKE SURE YOU WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AND DOUBLE CHECK - or you'll be doing this several times (speaking from personal experience).
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Re: Process for UK national marrying taiwanese fiancee in TW

Postby pomplemousse » 18 May 2014, 17:37

Sorry for the late reply, thank you very much for all your help.
If we have a wedding ceremony in Taiwan first, would this affect our UK ceremony afterwards in terms of
the applying for the visitor marriage visa vs general visa? As I've heard contrasting views as to whether or not
Taiwanese marriage is recognised in the UK.

Dr Jellyfish wrote:This is how you do it:

1. Get one from here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publicati ... ulla-ostas

2. You will probably need an Apostille stamp placed on this. You can get them here: https://www.uk-document-services.co.uk/apostilles (and dozens of other places in the UK - just Google apostille stamp UK). However, you should have your partner phone the Taiwan Office (TROC) in the UK (or) some related office in Taiwan to confirm that you need the Apostille stamp - which makes the document internationally legal (something like that).

3. You will then need to send the document with the apostille to one of the two Taiwan Offices in the UK (in Edinburgh or London), to have a *official magic* Taiwanese stamp placed upon the thing.

(4-ish) At some point, you'll need a translation done. Not sure if it's before or after you get the stamps - you should have your partner ask the Taiwan office and have this bit clarified. Also, Taiwan is strange in the fact that it lets the people making the application translate their own documents (crazy!). You need to check if this is still true. If it is, you and your wife-to-be could translate it. You just need to follow the original layout as closely as possible, so the people (fools) checking it can see that the info on the top left bit in the English document matches the info on the top left bit of the translation, etc.

Disclaimer - the Taiwanese government may have changed policies since I did it last, so have your partner ring them and ask exactly what they want. MAKE SURE YOU WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN AND DOUBLE CHECK - or you'll be doing this several times (speaking from personal experience).
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