Avoiding Pitfalls Series – Marriage in China or Fiance Visa? Proving You Can Legally Marry in China
Proof of Single Status can be obtained in 2 different ways.
First, you can obtain a “Marriageability Affidavit” in China by making an online appointment with the American Citizens Service (ACS) office at any of the U.S. Consulates or the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
For those that don’t have time to do that and want their documents in hand before they leave the U.S., you can obtain an “Affidavit of Single”.
An Affidavit of Single is a short statement from you that states you are not currently married, and you are eligible to be married. Your Affidavit of Single must be 1. notarized, then 2. authenticated by your state’s Secretary of State, and then 3. authenticated by the Chinese Consulate/Embassy holding jurisdiction over your state of residency. So it is a 3 step process.
The Chinese Consulate/Embassy in the United States will “only accept” documents that have been authenticated by your state’s Secretary of State.
You also need to make sure that any divorce decrees that you have are also authenticated by your state’s Secretary of State. That is nothing more than sending your state’s Secretary of State your divorce decree with the proper fee payment. Good advice is to do the two things (Affidavit of Single and Divorce Decrees) at the same time with your Secretary of State.
All supporting documents and evidence needed to not delay filing your petition as long as it is prepared carefully, and in a timely manner.
John B. Buda
Buda Law Group
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