|Marriage Procedure Chinese in the Netherlands|
This article explains the procedure for Marriage in the Netherlands between a Dutch guy and a Chinese girl, both living in China: us :)
Hopefully it will help other Dutch-Chinese couples in the future who decide to get married in the Netherlands (the procedure for getting married in China is much simpler - and cheaper!). It helps a lot if you have some family in the Netherlands who can help you (or if one of you is still in the Netherlands). One of the first things you can do is make an appointment for the marriage ceremony. We did this 8 months in advance. After this you can do the pre-marriage (ondertrouw) procedure.We completed the ondertrouw procedure about 3.5 months before our wedding date.
Pre-marriage (ondertrouw) required documents:
For Chinese girlfriend you need:
The birth certificate needs to be legalized and translated, the procedure is:
For the Dutch husband you need (I live in China, so the procedure might be different for you):
Sending the papers to the Netherlands:
There are two addresses, a postal address and an address for courier-services. We didn't have good experiences with Chinese Postal services, so we decided to pick EMS and insure our documents for 3000 yuan and get tracking. Tracking number was pointless it turned out, but the documents did arrive very quickly (about 4 days) in the Netherlands. Total cost of sending via EMS with insurance was about 260 Yuan (30 yuan was for the insurance of 3000Yuan).
The postal address:
Courier service (we used this address):
Papers arrive in the Netherlands
After Den Haag received your papers, they will check everything. In our case, all documents were correct. The Dutch official from Den Haag already checked the Chinese documents and copies from my girlfriend in advance, so that was very helpful! They then immediately forwarded the documents to the city where we want to get married (we made an appointment before we sent all the papers to the Netherlands and included a copy of this marriage date already). In our case Ameide then called my parents to make further arrangements such as deciding which official you would like to perform the ceremony. We also still need to decide on the witnesses (getuigen) that we want to be present during the wedding ceremony.
We have not decided upon the witnesses (getuigen) yet, but there are also some requirements for them. We have to look this up later.
They also have a good website: http://www.denhaag.nl/home/bewoners/loket/burgerzaken/to-1/Ondertrouw.htm
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 January 2010 )|
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