Marriage with a foreigner in Ukraine

Ukrainian legislation does not prohibit marriage with a foreigner on the territory of the state. But at the same time, the procedure for registering this civil act has significant differences from a marriage between citizens of Ukraine. To conduct such an event, you will need to collect a lot of documents, including those issued abroad, and go through a number of checks.
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Priority conditions for marriage

In order for marriage to a foreigner to become possible, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Newlyweds must be of the legal age for marriage. According to Art. 22 SKU for women this age is 17, and for men 18. The legislation provides for an exception to this rule, but only if the marriage is in the interests of a minor. In this case, it is possible to legalize relations from the age of 14 by a court decision.
  2. A marriage should be concluded on a voluntary basis, that is, both a man and a woman are obliged to freely and consciously take this step. Any registration of a relationship with an incapacitated person or with a person who did not realize their actions during the registration procedure is considered an invalid marriage.
  3. A prerequisite for entering into marriage with a foreigner is monogamy, which presupposes not being registered in other legal marriage unions. A person wishing to register a relationship must first terminate all previous marriages.
  4. It is not allowed to enter into marriage unions between relatives, which include: primary relatives in the ascendant, siblings, cousins, uncles and nieces, aunts and nephews. Also, the adoptive parent and the adopted person cannot get married, but in this case, the restriction can be lifted if the adoption is canceled.

How a marriage with a foreigner is formalized

  1. Брак с иностранцем 2In order to start the marriage registration procedure, the future spouses must personally submit an application to the Civil Registry Office. You can contact any body of state registration of acts of civil status. If any of the newlyweds, for a good reason, cannot be present, then it is possible to submit a notarized application not personally. It is passed by the representative of the absent person by notarial power of attorney.
  2. After accepting the applications, the civil registry office employees inform the applicants about the rights and obligations of the spouses, about the procedure for registering a marriage, as well as the consequences of providing false data.
  3. In the application and in the act record, a mark is put on the consent or refusal of the newlyweds to undergo a medical examination before marriage.
  4. Next, the day of the ceremony is appointed, which, in case of marriages with foreigners, is held no earlier than a month later. But in exceptional cases, if there are good reasons, it can be carried out earlier.
  5. Registration of marriage is carried out in the presence of both newlyweds.

If one of the future spouses cannot be present at the registration of the marriage, then they are required to write a written application to postpone the date of the marriage. The ceremony cannot be postponed for more than a year. Also, the failure of the bride and groom to appear at the registry office on the day of registration and their absence after that for three months without good reason cancels their application.

Required documents

The procedure for registering a marriage with a foreigner requires the collection and submission of the following package of documents to the civil registry office:

  1. Application from a foreign person and a citizen of Ukraine about the desire to marry;
  2. Applicants’ passports. A foreigner must have a mark in his passport confirming the legality of his stay in Ukraine or have an immigration card. In addition, the visitor needs a notary-certified Ukrainian translation of the first page of the passport;
  3. If the foreigner has already been married, then a divorce certificate or a court decision on divorce will be required. For foreign documents, legalization or apostilization is required;
  4. A foreigner whose marital status is not indicated in his passport will need to submit a document stating that he is not currently in a marriage relationship. It also needs to be apostilled;
  5. Foreigner’s birth certificate with apostille or legalization.

Documents submitted in a foreign language must be submitted with a copy in Ukrainian.

If, after a successful marriage in Ukraine, the family is going to move to live with him at home, then the obtained marriage certificate will need to be legalized in order to give it legal force abroad. Also, before marrying a foreigner, it is advisable to conclude a prenuptial agreement in order to immediately settle the material side of the matter and subsequently there will be no property disputes if family life over the hill does not work out.

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