Posted by Razer on March 06, 2005 at 23:56:14:
In Reply to: Marriage Certificate Legality posted by Mr Nice on March 06, 2005 at 07:15:03:
I don't know the situation in UK... but here in Canada a document that is signed by both parties, regardless of a stamp from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is still considered legal as long as you have translated the copy in English and get it notarized.
As it stands in Canada - if you are married in any country by tradition or by civil court, the government recognizes it. Even if there are no legal documents proving it... but you sign a declaration form explaining that you were married according to customs and tradition of a particular geographic area - is also accepted.
To be honest, you as a British citizen do not need the seal from the ministry ... but for your wife to get an exit visa (how many countries you know needs an Exit Visa ???) you will need that seal. So it's more for your wife and not for you.
My personal recommendation ... just keep your mouth shut... comply with what these bureaucrats tell you to do... and an exit visa for your wife will go smooth.
I've lived in Ukraine for couple of years on assignment - and to us British, Canadian, West European and people from the so called "Common Wealth" nations... raises our eye brows on issues like an exit visa and a seal on your marriage certificate from the Ministry.
It's all a ploy to make the bureaucrats money and a way to supress the common and hard working Ukrainians. Best business in Ukraine is to be a bureaucrat.
Razer - Founder,
Odessa Guide Publications.
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