Thank you for your kind words, for telling me that my LTSVP posts has been informative and has given you some idea on how to go about it. I truly appreciated it.
In fact, the reason I wrote all the LTSVP posts and the process of registration of marriage between Malaysia and China is because I was also like you. I searched all over Google and couldn't find any info. There were some info, but very limited.
So, I promised myself that when I have gone through it myself, I would write it down to benefit those who intend to get married between Malaysian and PRC.
It has been 3 years, almost 4 now since we were married and what I have written down was what happened 4 years back. It may not be applicable now as the rules kept on changing.
Recently, a friend of mine who is also married to a PRC and residing in Malaysia has told me that she has just renewed the LTSVP for her husband and it's now 3 years instead of 5 years. Yes, they have reduced the number of years. She has been getting 5 years consistently and she told me the reason was they have 2 kids. I am still doing annual renewal.
So, those who intend to register your marriage between PRC and Malaysian, please read these before you proceed in reading my old posts:
- The posts were written in 2011. That was like 4 years back. What I went through then may not be what you will go through because of the ever-changing process. Please check with Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) before you proceed.
- Please do not ask me whether you should marry your PRC girlfriend or boyfriend here or in China. First off, I do not know you. Second, I do not know your circumstances.
- Please do not ask me whether you should translate the documents here or in China. Please re-read my posts again and I am telling you again, it's exactly what I went through. I do not know any other process as I didn't go through all of the available options.
- Please remember that the registration of marriage was a one-off process. I only wrote the process that I went through. Please do not ask me which option is better for you. Again, let me reiterate, I do not know your circumstances.
- Please stop asking me whether hukou is needed or whether your PRC husband / wife's passport need to be translated or not. Again, please re-read my posts if you do not understand. What I didn't state is what I didn't use.
- I do not work in Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara nor Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia. I do not know when they will change their policy. It is best that you make a pre-visit to both departments before the actual application.
- The most common question I get is the timing problem that most people faced. When I applied for the LTSVP, I was told that a minimum of 6 months marriage was needed, which means at least 6 months of registration of marriage in Malaysia. Please do not ask me whether your wife or husband can just come here on a tourist visa and then wait 6 months or whether you guys should be separated for 6 months before coming to Malaysia. Again, I do not know your circumstances. I was lucky back then because I didn't know this silent rule. My husband and I have to live separately at that time due to personal reasons. By the time he decided to come to Malaysia, we were already married for a year.
- Last but not least, please do not use my posts as the only guideline. It's only for your reference.
The reason why I wrote this post is because sometimes I get ridiculous questions, like No.2. Someone even asked me whether PRC people are worth marrying. Come on. If you are doing it out of your own carnal desire, then you decide on your own. Don't ask me. We married for love and for love that is.
Please, please, please check with Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara or Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia before you proceed. The rules are always changing and what happened then may not be applicable now.
Up to now, I still have to make a pre-visit to Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia before the actual renewal of the LTSVP. Yes, I make 2 visits to Putrajaya just to gather information before the actual day. And I have made mistakes along the way, like forgotten to get stamp duty for my husband's work contract and have to make a 3rd visit.
So, don't be lazy and don't just follow what I did. You should know by now how our government works.
Again, use these info as a guideline. What I have given is truly based on my experience and it is exhaustive but not conclusive. So, be smart.
Thank you for reading.