A Complete Guide to Marriage Registration between a Malaysian and a Chinese (register in China first, then Malaysia) - Part 2
As promised earlier here in Part 1, upon my return from China, I would blog the rest of the process of the marriage registration between Malaysia and China. So, here goes:
My husband went to inquire at the China Registration Department (which I do not know what it is called in Chinese) and he took photocopy of my letter of single status and the translated copy which I have emailed him earlier to check with the authorities whether it is sufficient. He was then told that he needs a translated copy of my passport too! The tedious part was only the passport part. At first, I scanned a copy of my passport and emailed to him. When he printed it out, it was a bit dark, but went anyway to get it translated. Once he got it translated, he went back to the China Registration Department and the person-in-charge told him that it was too dark and not cleared and they will not accept it. They told my husband, it's better to take my original passport and do the photocopy, rather than scan and email. So, my husband have to wait for me to go to China to do that.
When I reached China, firstly what we did was to take wedding photograph together. This wedding photograph is not the studio wedding photograph. It's just me and my husband and a red backdrop. It's the requirement of the China registration of marriage. It's somewhat like a passport photo, except it has the 2 of us in there with a red backdrop.
When that was done, the next day we went to get my passport translated. That was quite fast. It took like 10-15 minutes. Then we headed to the China Registration Department. These are the documents needed by them.
My husband (China nationality)
- Hukou book
- Identity card
- Passport (just in case)
Me (Malaysia nationality)
- Translated copy of the passport
- Letter of single status (original)
- Translated copy of the letter of single status
Both of us just filled up the application form, gave all the relevant documents to the person-in-charge, signed (which to them is to just write my name according to passport) and that't it! We were married in 15 minutes. On the spot, we were given the marriage booklet, which is like passport except each one of us get a copy.
Do check with the local authorities where is the place to register for marriage with a foreigner because I understand that only certain place you can do it.
Now the next process is to register our marriage in Malaysia. Which I will blog later in November.
*Updated: Part 3
*Updated: Part 3