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Taking the plunge
As anyone who travels no you don’t expect to get married but after three years here as of tomorrow and almost 3 years with my Thai girlfriend, you eventually come to the conclusion that if you want to stay in the country and you love the person that you need to get married. So today’s article is about my journey from proposing all the way to where I am now finishing the process of getting the marriage license.
There are a few steps to go through and I think I’ve made it relatively easy by following the steps that the US consulate and embassy give there’s a page that all include here that gives you a printout list of steps that you need to do in order to get married legally in Thailand and also what you owe steps to go and get your time marriage license translated into English certified at the US consulate or embassy.
As part people that want to get married here in Thailand are people to travel a lot back and forth from their home country Thailand or the people that will launch her and they don’t want the silly tourist visa if there is only nothing to retirement visa, for the most part, a lot and so it makes it a little hard to deal with every three months going back and forth from the Thai consulate in Vint and Lao or wherever around the world to deal with that. Okay so there is going to be six steps to this according to the and will just give a rundown and then after that, I will give you my personal experience as to what I did how I did.
- So the first thing to do is make an appointment.
- Then you need to complete an affidavit (this one is for Chiang Mai) at the US Embassy consulate, where your home embassy or consulate I think it’s pretty much all are. It states that the affidavit form is available in their office and downloaded from the website as well fill it out before hand is is what I. It’s crazy but you have to pay about US$50 for a little seal and signature from the Notary Public. Because in Thailand basically the US doesn’t recognize the trust Notary Public’s from here only time you can get something like that done legally is if you do it through the US Consulate or Embassy.
- The next step is to have your notarized affidavit translated from English to Thai. Now what I did which I’m in the process of getting mine translated right now, takes two days as you walk in the office (list of translators suggested by us consulate Chiang Mai)and then the form and I say no is issued proper address have you ever had your name translated into Thai from English, takes two days and you usually pay about 500 Baht.
- Then the next step is you take your affidavit from the consulate or embassy and the translated version, English to Thai.
Goto this office:
Legalization Division, Department of consular affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Now, this can be located either in Chang Y or Bangkok. They used to have a one day service where you can get all of this done within 24 hours but for some reason within the last six months we stopped doing that was a pain in the ass. So this person to take you the almost week. Now, this part is can it take you almost a week because they have to send it off to Bangkok if you’re in Chang Mai like I am.
- Okay so what you get your documents back from the legalization division, you take your affidavit you or tie translated document and the legalized version of it to an Amphur.
- The fifth step is to go to your local Amphur, which will allow you to register your marriage and get the actual certificate.
- In the last step is to get your certificate that is the marriage certificate legalized by going back to the legalization division at the Department consular affairs and getting it legalized
- peer that the US government suggests which is to bring everything to your embassy or consulate for authorization yet to make an appointment to authenticate the marriage certificate cost you 50 bucks again.
The last thing I want to talk to you about is once you get married and have it legalized to get everything you next step, is to get a non-o visa pertaining to being a spouse.
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Doing this will basically allow you to do anything you want because first, you can get the three-month visa which is called the marriage visas not specifically who literally called that but it’s pretty much what is. And once you do this the first two months pass and then in the last month you go to immigration inside of Thailand and whatever province you live in and you ask for an extension. Now heads up you need 400,000 baht in the bank for a minimum of two months or make 40,000 a month lot. I know a lot of people can’t do this which is why people like me do the three-month visa but it allows you to get a work visa or add-on to exit to. The original visa will cost you 2000 baht for single entry marriage visa it’s good for three months and a multi-entry visa which can get and Lao from the other consulate will cost you 5000 baht for a multi-entry which allows you to go in and out of the country for three months as a spouse. Not either one of these can be extended like I said before at the immigration office inside Thailand and that will give you an extra year basically by the time everything is said and done you will have about 15 months on one go around. Which is why a lot of guys prefer that. Side note even though during that one year. You don’t have to leave the country to visa runs anymore every three months you still have to report to immigration to show that you’re in the country and not in trouble and you know.
The Benefits of a Marriage
Not either one of these can be extended like I said before at the immigration office inside Thailand and that will give you an extra year basically by the time everything is said and done you will have about 15 months on one go around. Which is why a lot of guys prefer that. Side note even though during that one year. You don’t have to leave the country to visa runs anymore every three months you still have to report to immigration to show that you’re in the country and not in trouble and you know.
- You don’t have to leave the country to visa runs anymore every three months you still have to report to immigration to show that you’re in the country and not in trouble and you know.
- I know this a long process and it might take you all week if you’re lucky maybe it will be less again about a week to week and a half to get all this done.
Now that I got all the nitty-gritty out of the way, remember the other part of getting married in Thailand, which is dealing with the family.
So in the next piece, I will be talking about the process of getting married outside of what I discussed here meaning the dowry the wedding rings the gold housing all of that.
Some of the included information is from the US Consulate in Chiang Mai.
So anyway that’s my quick guide for getting married Thailand part one.
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