MARRIAGE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Government also accepts an "Affidavit in lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage." The U.S. citizen must, execute this affidavit at the American Embassy in Manila by Obtaining a Legal Capacity to Marry in Embassy Manila are by appointment only., or at the Consular Agency in Cebu Monday through Friday 9:00am – 11:00am no appointment needed.
The American must present his/her U.S. passport, and there is a fee of U.S. $50.00 for executing the affidavit. Philippine authorities will not accept any substitute document initiated in the United States. Execution of the affidavit is a notarial act by the U.S. consular officer and, as such, the consular officer is authorized by Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 92.9b, to refuse to perform the service if the document in connection with which the notarial act is requested will be used for a purpose patently unlawful, improper, or inimical to the best interests of the United States.
Entering into a marriage contract with an alien strictly for the purpose of immigration to the United States for that individual is considered an unlawful act. Section 4221 of Title 22 United States Code provides penalties for individuals who commit perjury in an affidavit taken by a consular officer.
THE MARRIAGE APPLICATION PROCESS
Once an American citizen has obtained from the Embassy an "Affidavit in Lieu of a Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage," he/she can file an application for a marriage license at the office of the Philippine Civil Registrar in the town or city where one of the parties is a resident. The U.S. citizen applicant will need to present: (A) the affidavit, (B) divorce decrees or death certificate(s) required to verify civil status and legal capacity to contract marriage, (C) U.S. passport, and (D) documentation regarding parental consent or advice, if applicable.
(Marriage applicants aged 18 to 21 must have written parental consent. Those aged 22 to 24 must have received parental advice.)
Philippine law prohibits marriage for individuals under the age of 18. A judge, a minister or other person authorized by the Government of the Philippines can perform the marriage.
Marriage to a U.S. citizen confers neither citizenship nor an automatic eligibility for entry to the United States. An immigrant visa is required for a foreign spouse to live in the United States.
Questions about filing an immigrant visa petition to bring a foreign spouse to the United States should be directed to the nearest office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the State Department's Visa Office (202) 663-1225 or, while in the Philippines, to the U.S. Embassy immigrant visa unit in Manila.
The DHS-CIS office at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Window 25 (open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 12:00 noon; or by phone at (632) 301-2000, Ext. 2224;You may call the US Embassy of Manila Philippines
To obtain more in-depth information about Philippines requirements, laws, addresses, phone numbers and prices follow the link below.
U.S. Embassy address in Manila Philippines
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Telephone (63) (2) 301-2000
Facsimile: (63) (2) 301-2017
U.S. Consulates address in Cebu City Philippines
U.S. Consular Agency
Ground Level, Waterfront Hotel
Lahug, Cebu City
Telephone: (63)(32) 231-1261
Facsimile: (63)(32) 231-0174
How to Get Married in the Philippines
Getting married in the Philippines requires some preparation. Whether you are an alien or a local, you need to meet certain requirements. After you get your marriage license, you can have either a civil wedding or a church wedding, or both. Either would be legally binding under Philippine law.
How to Obtain a Marriage License in the Philippines
Instructions | Step-by-step process
The Internet, affordable travel and military service are making it easier than ever before for people from all over the world to meet, fall in love and get married. Problems arise, however, when people from two different countries want to get married. So what if you are a U.S. resident and you wish to get married in the Philippines? The requirements for getting a marriage license in the Philippines are not necessary difficult, but they can be time consuming if not properly planned for.