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Solemnization of Marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969

Marriages between two individuals can be solemnized at the Embassy of India, Dublin under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1969. At least one of the parties (above 21 years of age for bridegroom and above 18 years for bride) to the intended marriage should be a citizen of India and should have resided in Ireland for a period of not less than thirty days immediately preceding the date on which the notice of intended marriage is given to the Marriage Officer at Embassy of India Dublin.

1. The prospective bride and groom have to submit notice of intended marriage under Foreign Marriage Act, 1969 in the prescribed format at the Embassy. Notice in the prescribed format is to be published in a widely circulated newspaper in the home country, at the place of permanent residence as indicated in the passports of bride and groom, and in the country in which the parties are ordinarily resident. In case, both bride and groom are from same state in India, notice is to be published only in one newspaper of that particular state. After the publication of Notice, the applicants are required to submit the concerned newspapers in original.

2. Bachelorhood Certificate, in original, issued by the competent authority in India (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer of not below the rank of First Class Judicial Magistrate, etc.), duly apostilled/attested from Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi should be submitted.

3. In case prospective bride/ groom is a divorcee, decree of divorce issued by the competent authority in India and apostilled by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in case the divorce has taken place in India to be submitted. In case divorce has taken place in a country other than India:
(a) The divorce certificate needs to be apostilled by the competent authorities of the concerned country, if the country is a member of the Apostille Hague convention.
(b) If the country is a not a member of the Apostille Hague convention, then divorce certificate needs to be attested by the competent authorities of the concerned country and should be counter attested by the concerned Indian Mission/Post accredited to that country.

4. In case either of the bridegroom or bride is of any other nationality other than Indian, bachelorhood certificate, in original, duly apostilled by the concerned Embassy/Consulate of that country is required to be submitted, along with translation in English. In case there is no Embassy/Consulate of that country in Ireland, the bachelorhood certificate, in original, duly apostilled/ attested from the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and thereafter attested from the Indian Embassy/ High Commission/Consulate in that country is required to be submitted, along with translation in English.

5. Three witnesses (adult) are required to be present at the time of marriage with their Indian Passports and legal stay permits. The marriage should be solemnized immediately after the 30 days of publication of the marriage in the newspaper (30 days are counted from the publication in the newspaper, which appeared last, but not later than 6 months from the date of publication. If the marriage is not solemnized within the prescribed time limit, a new notice should be given and there will be wait period of 30 days again.
6. At least one of the parties of the marriage (bride/bridegroom) must be on a residence visa of Ireland.

PROCESS FOR SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE

1. Prospective bride and bridegroom with three Indian witnesses are required to come to the Embassy to submit notice for intended marriage at the Embassy (S.No.1 above), Declaration( Form-II) and sworn affidavit (Form-III) along with other documents (S.No. 2-6 above), original passport, valid residence permit, and fees for prospective bride and bridegroom along with three Indian witnesses. The forms will be signed at the Embassy in presence of Marriage Officer.

2. Minimum wait period of 30 days after the publication of notice of intended marriage. The prospective couple can contact the Embassy fix up a date for solemnization of marriage.

3. On day of solemnisation of marriage, prospective bride and bridegroom along with same three witnesses are required to be present at the Embassy with their original passports and residence permits.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED:

1. Miscellaneous Services form (Click here), form with one photograph pasted on it.

2. Valid Passport with clear copies of the relevant pages

3. Valid Visa/ Legal Stay Permit with clear copy

4. Valid Residence Proof with clear copies

5. Affidavit in the prescribed format by the parties of marriage:

Form –I (Notice for Intended marriage)

Form-II (Declaration by Bridegroom and Bride for Intended Marriage)

Form-III (Sworn Affidavit for Intended Marriage)

6. Bachelorhood certificate, in original, as explained above

7. Four latest colour photographs (passport size)

8. Fee of Euros 62+2 to be paid by postal order/ Bank draft (Two separate postal orders, one of Euro 62/- and other of Euro 2(ICWF fee), in favour of Embassy of India, Dublin).

For any further query please write or call:

Email ID: cons.dublin@mea.gov.in
Tel No. +353- 01-2060932 (1400 hrs to 1600 hrs)

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