Hi everyone. We are going to apply for a spouse visa in July. We got married in the Philippines and the marriage certificate is in English. My question is does it have to be original and authenticated?
An original marriage certificate would include a copy obtained directly from the issuing authority (the civil registration office keeps the actual original). As a matter of course, they will stamp and sign it when you request a copy, so for all intents and purposes, it is "original"
Yes, it does need to be the original certificate you received when you got married.
clever-octopus, the certificate supplied is different for different countries. In the US, the normal procedure is to be given a certified copy of the original, printed on official stationary of the local office and stamped with a raised seal.
My marriage three weeks ago here in the UK, we prepaid for five certificates. Each one was written out by hand on an official document. The information was recorded into the actual book record, that is where we signed (they told us the books go back to 1839 in this particular office), our originals are all made by hand. We didn't sign them, only the registrar. They are what they consider an original marriage certificate here.
Yes, but as I understand it, you can have the copy of the document you signed to get married, but it's not valuable by itself. What you need is the certified document available by request from the NSO, who authorises the document from the local civil registry.