Help! South African marrying a German in Munich

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Europe > Germany Expat Forum for Expats Living in Germany

Germany Expat Forum for Expats Living in Germany Have you made Germany your new home? Are you thinking about making Germany your new country of residence? If you want meet like minded Expats living in Germany then you have come to the right place.

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Nononymous

Help! South African marrying a German in Munich


Reply
 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 12:38 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
liz_l is on a distinguished road

Default Help! South African marrying a German in Munich

Are there any Saffas here who've done this recently? Or someone who might know the specifics?

I'm trying to navigate the myriad of documents required but I keep getting conflicting information and would really appreciate some help and guidance in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 03:13 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,601
Rep Power: 0
Nononymous is on a distinguished road
483 likes received
10 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from canada. Users Flag! Expat in canada.
Default

And here I assumed it was just a complaint about too many guests wearing Lederhosen and Dirndl to the wedding.

Foreigners marrying Germans in Germany is extremely complicated, by all accounts. It may save you a lot of grief to pop up to Denmark for the legalities, then throw a big party on your return to Bavaria.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 04:15 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
liz_l is on a distinguished road

Default

If only attire would be the most of my worries right now lol.

I understand all too well that it's complicated, but I'd like to understand the complications.

Once I have the facts it's just a process, but those facts seem to be some sort of closely guarded secret.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 04:20 PM
Bevdeforges's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: deepest, darkest Essonne
Posts: 47,980
Rep Power: 23376
Bevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond repute
10548 likes received
1545 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in france.
Default

I'm not sure of how it works in Germany, but I would suggest asking at the specific Standesamt where you are hoping to get married. Very often the local offices have their own list of requirements.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 04:25 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
liz_l is on a distinguished road

Default

Thanks, we have, but after asking two different people we've had two different answers.

I know, seems very odd, hence my post here.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 5th December 2019, 04:38 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,601
Rep Power: 0
Nononymous is on a distinguished road
483 likes received
10 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from canada. Users Flag! Expat in canada.
Default

Both answers are correct. It's very Zen, but such is German bureaucracy. Also, uncovering the facts *is* the process.
Bevdeforges likes this.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 6th December 2019, 10:28 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Berlin
Posts: 1,621
Rep Power: 300
ALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond reputeALKB has a reputation beyond repute
304 likes received
170 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from germany. Users Flag! Expat in germany.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by liz_l View Post
Are there any Saffas here who've done this recently? Or someone who might know the specifics?

I'm trying to navigate the myriad of documents required but I keep getting conflicting information and would really appreciate some help and guidance in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!
Requirements are different for every (non-EU) country. My local register office in Berlin had an info page to take home for every country. In some cases, things are fairly straightforward, apart from having to have everything translated into German by a certified translator.

In other cases, all submitted documents need to be sent to the German Embassy in the home country of the non-EEA spouse and they send someone to their hometown, verifying documents and interviewing family, friends, neighbours, etc.

This is costly, as far as I know 600 and up and takes at the very least three months.

In the end I got married in Denmark.

Not sure whether such an involved procedure would be required for South African nationals.

Generally, it's easier to marry outside of Germany and then maybe have a party or, if you are so inclined, a church wedding/other religious ceremony in Germany.

__________________
I am not a regulated immigration advisor. I am offering an opinion and not advice. Check here for professional help: https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...s-commissioner

I have disabled my DM function. I have been unwell and can't guarantee to be able to respond in a timely manner. Please post questions to the forums.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 6th December 2019, 11:46 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
liz_l is on a distinguished road

Default

It's looking more and more like we're going to go that route. Thanks for your input.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live
Expat From Country
Please select the country you originate from. This will appear as a flag when you make posts on the site.
Expat To Country
Please select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to. This will be presented on the site when you make posts.

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.