Marriage in Ukraine for foreigners: peculiarities of the registration process and required documents
It is very easy to get married in Ukraine, but the registration of an "international" marriage and a marriage in time of war has its own peculiarities. Find out what a foreigner needs to apply to the registry office and how long this procedure takes
The procedure for registering a marriage in Ukraine is much simpler than in many other countries. However, the conclusion of an "international" marriage and a marriage under martial law have their own peculiarities. We will tell you how a foreigner can get married in Ukraine without turning the marriage process into a bureaucratic red tape.
Marriages in which the bride and groom are citizens of different countries are traditionally called international marriages. The procedure for registering such a marriage can be regular and take a month and a half, or expedited - about a week.
How a foreigner can apply for marriage
The regular dprocedure for registering a marriage
● Submit an application for marriage to the registry office
● Set a date for marriage registration (one month after submitting the application);
● The Civil Registration Service will contact the State Migration Service of Ukraine to obtain a conclusion on the legality of the foreigner's stay in Ukraine;
● On the specified date, your marriage will be registered and you will receive a certificate.
Please note that you can apply for marriage registration directly online through the Diia portal. Read more about how foreigners can use the Diia app here.
Expedited procedure: "Marriage in a day"
Since the summer of 2016, it has become possible to get married in Ukraine "overnight". This service is paid. The cost of such registration, including the cost of the registry office, mediator and state fee for marriage registration, is approximately UAH 3,000-3,500.
Couples wishing to marry under the simplified procedure sign an agreement with an intermediary. The newlyweds also jointly register their marriage and pay the state fee.
After that, the couple arrives at the commune or town hall at the location of the intermediary on a pre-agreed date and time, where the marriage will be registered by the state.
The sequence of actions for concluding a marriage in a day is the same as in the usual procedure, but it is much faster - from 3 days to 7 days.
Marriage with a foreigner in wartime
After the start of the full-scale invasion of russia, Ukraine called on those willing to join in protecting the security of the entire world. Thus, the created International Legion united thousands of foreigners in a common goal, fighting side by side with the Ukrainian army.
And even in the midst of a brutal war, love found its place and connected many hearts right at the front. Read more about the incredible stories of true love of the military here.
For brides and grooms whose lives are in danger due to russian aggression, there is an opportunity to speed up the marriage registration process without applying for the "marriage in a day" service.
A marriage certificate can be obtained in one day. For example, if the bride or groom are military personnel. In such cases, the couple may get married on the day of application or on another date if they notify the Ministry of Justice within one month.
Documents required for marriage
● A completed application form;
● if necessary, additional documents confirming the facts subject to state registration (birth certificates of children or documents on the dissolution of previous marriages, the fact of the bride's pregnancy must also be documented);
● a passport of a citizen of Ukraine and a passport of a foreigner;
● a permanent or temporary residence permit for a foreigner, or another document confirming the legality of the foreigner's stay in Ukraine (read more about the rules of entry and stay in Ukraine here);
● receipt of payment of the state fee.
Please note! The foreigner's documents must be apostilled or legalized and translated into Ukrainian, and then notarized. Otherwise, the registry office will not be able to accept the marriage application.
There is also a section in the marriage application form called "Attitude to military service". The following information must be provided here:
● Permanent address of residence
● Name of the city where the soldier is serving
● Postal code of the military unit;
● Rank (if called up for regular service, indicate "called up for regular service")
● Military ID card (temporary certificate) or series and number of the registration certificate
What does the civil registry office report about the bride and groom to the military commissariat
According to the Law of Ukraine "On Military Duty and Military Service," civil registry offices are obliged to inform the relevant authorities within seven days of events and actions concerning conscripts, servicemen, reservists and their relatives.
Information about the bride or groom provided by the registry office:
● Information about the birth of an individual
● termination/restoration of parental rights
● marital status/marriage
● divorce of a marriage
● surnames, names, patronymics and their changes
Insurance of spouses against war risks in Ukraine
Unfortunately, in today's Ukrainian realities, health insurance is necessary not only when traveling, but also in everyday life. In order to feel as calm as possible and not to worry about your loved ones under martial law, you need to take care of purchasing proper insurance covering military risks. You can do this quickly and easily by following the link.
In particular, there are three policy options available, including:
● compensation for losses in case of accidents caused by military operations or terrorist acts
● outpatient treatment and hospitalization
● emergency care.
Read more about the benefits of military risk insurance in Ukraine here.
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