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    Hi all,

    I have been browsing this section of the forum, but can't find the answer I'm looking for, so here goes.

    Currently under a mountain of paperwork for marrying my Indonesian girlfriend. We are not in Indonesia at the moment, but will be returning to marry in December.

    My question is:

    What do the civil government require for marriage in terms of copy of passport for foreigner?

    Is it just a certified copy by a British Embassy? Does it need to be legalized? Isn't certified copy also legalised if from a British Embassy?

    Any help you can provide me with is greatly appreciated and will do my sanity no harm at all!

  • #2
    Originally posted by elicitation View Post
    Hi all,

    I have been browsing this section of the forum, but can't find the answer I'm looking for, so here goes.

    Currently under a mountain of paperwork for marrying my Indonesian girlfriend. We are not in Indonesia at the moment, but will be returning to marry in December.

    My question is:

    What do the civil government require for marriage in terms of copy of passport for foreigner?

    Is it just a certified copy by a British Embassy? Does it need to be legalized? Isn't certified copy also legalised if from a British Embassy?

    Any help you can provide me with is greatly appreciated and will do my sanity no harm at all!
    Certified copy by the embassy should be fine. I think certified and legalized are interchangeable in this context. In fact, according to the link below, you only need to provide a regular copy, while showing the original to the officiant.

    http://dispendukcapil.surabaya.go.id...na-di-surabaya

    Link is in Indonesian, so have the future wife take a gander.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by elicitation View Post
      Hi all,

      I have been browsing this section of the forum, but can't find the answer I'm looking for, so here goes.

      Currently under a mountain of paperwork for marrying my Indonesian girlfriend. We are not in Indonesia at the moment, but will be returning to marry in December.

      My question is:

      What do the civil government require for marriage in terms of copy of passport for foreigner?

      Is it just a certified copy by a British Embassy? Does it need to be legalized? Isn't certified copy also legalised if from a British Embassy?

      Any help you can provide me with is greatly appreciated and will do my sanity no harm at all!
      Are you both the same religion? If not, one of you, usually the guy, has to convert.

      Often, it easier to get married in a western country. No conversion needed. And then have a wedding reception in Indonesia.
      Sasa Bule is having a bayi!

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      • #4
        Ok, thanks for your reply dafluff. I notice the required documentation varies from province to province. I will marry in Borneo, so comparing the list (Surabaya) with the one we have (Kalimantan), there are a few differences. Aren't there always! We left Surabaya just a few months back actually.

        Think I will just have to get both the certificated copy and the legalisation done from the embassy to be on the safe side.

        To answer your questions Jaime, we're both Christian to a degree. A western country is a long way away and my family can attend if the wedding is in Indonesia. No chance of the wife's family making it if the wedding was in my country of origin or anywhere else for that matter to be honest.

        Thanks again for the useful info!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elicitation View Post
          (1) ... in terms of copy of passport for foreigner?
          Is it just a certified copy by a British Embassy? Does it need to be legalized? ...

          (2) ... I notice the required documentation varies from province to province ...

          (1) I am not British , but when I married in Indonesia , all documents' copies requested were just regular copies , no Embassy certified nor legalized .

          And after 15 years in Indonesia , no Indonesian government office ever asked me for a certified or for a legalized photocopy .


          (2) Yes , sometimes it varies from city to city (for non-Muslims) , or even from one KUA office to another KUA office in the same city (for Muslims) .


          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
          Note : The prenup sample in this link is not the one recommended

          http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...ghlight=prenup (Atlantis' post no.24 , prenup's court register)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by marcus View Post
            And after 15 years in Indonesia , no Indonesian government office ever asked me for a certified or for a legalized photocopy .

            Well, they did ask me. But the reason is something that is probably further down the road for the OP.

            When we applied for dual citizenship (i.e., Indonesian citizenship thru mother via UU 2006 after having US citizenship at birth thru father), Kan Wil insisted that the marriage license which we obtained in New York and had "legalised" at the Indonesian Consulate there must be additionally legalized (certified) by our own consular facility.

            Kan Im had never asked for this in nearly 10 years of SosBud renewals, for which Catatan Sipil was sufficient documentation. So, I went to the Consulate in Surabaya and got certification, which was actually the most expensive step in the entire naturalization citizenship process.

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