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    Hello,

    I am a U.S. citizen who will marry an Indonesian citizen in the upcoming months. I read online that I'd need to have a birth certificate and passport copy that are translated in Indonesian in order to get married. Is this correct? If so, how can I go about getting these documents translated?

    Thank you,
    NicholasF

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    Originally posted by NicholasF View Post
    (1) ... I read online that I'd need to have a birth certificate and passport copy that are translated in Indonesian in order to get married. Is this correct?

    (2) If so, how can I go about getting these documents translated?

    (1) Maybe . Better ask the officers/priest/KUA where you will marry , because procedures/required documents may differ a little depending on the city/church/KUA . In my case , an officer choose to use my country's identity card instead of the birth certificate (I had the birth certificate) , and he didn't require translation of it (neither translation of the passport) .

    (2) If sworn translation required , search the internet for "sworn translator in (city) , or just "sworn translator" as he/she doesn't need to be in your city . In my case there was only one document required to be translated and my KUA did it themselves (a translator they knew) , charged me Rp75'000 per page .

    http://www.expat.or.id/info/gettingm...indonesia.html
    http://www.expat.or.id/info/mixmarriages.html
    http://www.expat.or.id/info/familylaw.html
    http://www.expat.or.id/info/marriage...lications.html
    http://www.expat.or.id/info/prenuptialagreement.html (about the prenup/separated wealth for buying Indonesian property)

    Last edited by marcus; 04-09-18, 23:11.

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    • #3
      Thank you for the response Marcus.

      Does anyone know if I need any additional documents to convert? Also the Imam said we needed a document from the Embassy to get married and I'm wondering if that's all that is needed to convert?

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      • #4
        Usually no document from Embassy is needed for conversion . It is needed for the official marriage , in your case , at KUA .


        From http://www.expat.or.id/info/conversiontoislam.html
        [... The process of converting is simple. Schedule an appointment with the Imam of a mosque. You will need a couple passport-size photos of yourself as well as two tax stamps (Rp 6,000 meterai), and some other documents. They'll give you a list. Go there, preferably dressed in Muslim garb, with a Koran if you have one. You will need to recite two things which the Imam can help you with. One is "Bismillahi ar-Rahmani ar-Rahim".

        The other is a statement that says Allah is the only god and Mohammed is his prophet, "Asyhadu anla ilaha illa Allah, wa asyhadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullah." The Imam will preside with witnesses (usually another Imam and/or a clerk, plus your family and friends). He will exhort you to follow the faith, do the things required as a Muslim, read the Koran, etc. If I remember correctly, expect the ceremony to take about 30 minutes to 1 hour. At the end of it all you, the Imam, and some witnesses will sign a huge (perhaps bigger than legal-sized paper) certificate. Two, actually, one for you and one for them. Tears are shed by the faithful, congratulations given, further chastisements from the Imam, and you're done. That's it in a nutshell ...]
        Last edited by marcus; 3 weeks ago.

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        • #5
          I can confirm what Marcus posted regarding the conversion even though our marriage was almost 22 years ago. Although I had memorized the required recitals, the Iman assumed I needed help, so I was prompted in "repeat after me" fashion. We did the conversion and wedding at Sunda Kalapa Masjid in Mentang which in the 1990's catered to mixed expat/Indonesian marriages. (Assume they still do, but don't know for sure.) The Iman at our neighborhood masjid was a conservative asshole who was opposed to marriage with a foreigner, especially a Westerner.

          By the way the US Embassy has a list of certified translators which are accepted by the embassy, not only for the marriage, but for documents needed to get your new spouse a green card, if you are planning to go that route.

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