Hello world I feel like a really...... really...... lazy person leaving the blog for more than two month especially with and unfinished story…....So now the last part of all the documents epic…however…you know the end of the story already……I got the visa!!!!!…and I’m married so after I finished with this one I think about to write about Wedding…and married!!!
So….the story was left off when my documents arrived Germany….my fiancé (back then ) took the first chance to go to the city hall to submit the documents. It was really the last chance before the office is closed for Christmas. We thought that everything will be ready and the documents will be with the court before Christmas (it was around 10 of Dec 2012) However…..the staff was so nice to inform us a few days before Christmas holiday that…she forgot some signatures!!!….and the documents still with her!!!! So in the end……Richard had to go to the city hall again after new year holiday to give a signature. Finally our documents were with the court ….and only around 2 weeks later we got a letter that our married is approved and we have to pay 100 euro so they will issue the approval document. Richard paid already on that day….and our thought was that the approval document will be with us after Richard’s vacation in Thailand, around early Feb so it should be with me around late Feb……that was our hope……..
After the vacation….....the document was still not there….but there is a letter indicate that the court cannot locate our transfer…..with a few communications….some weeks waiting….the staff finally say….”Oh….I forgot….I will work on the document for you today….” ……..so finally the document arrived Richard on 08 Mar 2013….3 months after the my documents were sent to Germany. The approval document was sent to me on the next day…. normally it would take around 1 week for the document to arrive so…16 Mar but it would be too easy if it arrived on time….it took 5 days more of heavy hearted of waiting…..21 Mar the document arrived…..
Finally I got all required document to apply for the visa....after that it was quite a light story….I make a schedule with the embassy already on 27 Mar 2013 (3 times changes due to unexpected delay of the document). The submission of the visa went well….all documents were there and of course no problem with the interview. The staff told me to wait around 8-10 weeks before the visa is granted. However, unexpectedly on 12 April the embassy called and inform me that the my visa is ready ….turn out this time they only need 2 weeks….lucky me
So…...that's all…I finally got the pass to go to my wedding….there will be more documents to handle after the wedding…but I think after all this….anything is fine with me
So I think it’s time to start the second part….bring it on!!!!
Number 3: Completed and signed in a document called “Vollmacht” It’s a document that you give permission for your fiancé to submit the documents for marriage to the court on your behalf. You must sign this document at the embassy in front of the authorized staff. The document needed to be signed by a certified translator in case you cannot speak German…..if you can, you can fill it out in front of the staff in the embassy directly. This form may be a general one or in some city they have a city specific form. If you need a translator I recommend you to go directly to the Goethe institute. They are so much nicer than the staff (of Goethe institute) who stay at the embassy. For me I use the city specific form and when I go to meet the translator at the embassy to sign for me, she “aggressively” refused and said that she need the supervisor approval before signing this and I must not filled in the form before hand (I thought it would be easier that I filled in some parts already.) So I did have to go to the Goethe institute….surprisingly the German supervisor was so nice and he signed without a thought and also said that I save him a lot of time by filling in some parts already.
I finally get this document signed on the same day I submitted the documents for legalization. (Time : 2 days but only around 20 min at each place. ; 1 day to Goethe institute and one day to the embassy. I need to trips because I use my lunch hour to go to Goethe institute…and the embassy closed already since 11:00 so I need to go to the embassy on another day. Cost: 600 THB for signing the document and 300 THB for the translator)
Number 4: The embassy will call you when all your documents are approved. Go get it and take it to the accepted Translator for translation. It will take you only a few days for this process. (Time: 3 days, Cost: 4,000 THB)
Number 5: Now…your documents are ready to submit to the court in Germany!!! Send all the documents (Legalized documents and Vollmacht) to your fiancé in Germany and then it his turn to take care of it. I recommend you to used TNT…my documents arrived safely with Richard in a few days ;) (Cost : around 1,300 THB)
So now…you think you can just lie down and relax….hmm…may be not…let hear what has happened in part 3….the last one, I told you…it’s not easy to get married…may be it’s good test to see if you are really sure about this
Since I finally got the final document that will allow me to go to Germany and get married (!!!! Excited!!!!) ....my visa!!! so I will tell you (initially a bit but now when I start writing seem like there're a lot of things to be told.) This entry is really about all the documents and process that we need to go through in order to marry in Germany and get it accepted by the law so I can live there with my love one.
The process can be summed up like this :
1. Get the permission to marry in Germany
2. Use the permission document to apply for visa.
As simple as that!!!! But….no.... don’t let it fool you!!! Before I can understand the process clearly like this…I have to try and get the hands on by myself
Process number one is the hard one because you cannot just easily write some forms and ask for permission. The first process can be breakdown to…..a few steps.
First: Gather all required documents which are : Your birth certificate, a document from your home district state that you are truly single!!, a document from the central office state that you are totally single and belong to no one!! (They need two documents to really make sure you are available ) and the last one is your home registration. This process take me a few weeks…it’s just that I have to go to work and don’t have that much free time….so if you are free…it take you 2 days. I will not get into detail how to get each document….some are pretty easy like you birth certificate or home registered. (Time: started 8 Oct 2012, Cost : 30 THB for issuing documents and copy)
Secord: Get all the documents to be ‘legalized’ by the German embassy. The way they do it is to send a letter to the office who issued the document to confirm that they actually done it by reply the embassy mail. A copy of your passport need to be legalized too but it take only the embassy staff to do it in one day. One big spot point ….make sure that if your document has been corrected you must make sure that the one available at the office who issued it has been corrected too!! Like my birth certificate…..it’s been corrected a few times for my real name and address by different distric offices….I already took the copy I have to the embassy but I have to take it back because each point of correction must be confirmed by each office who corrected it i.e. the embassy need to contact 3 Thai office….and you can imagine how long it could take to get all to reply. The only way is to make sure that the actual document at the district office who issued my original birth certificate is corrected too. So I have to go to the district office …contacted the staff to see my real birth certificate and get it corrected. So I end up needed 2 trips to the embassy and one additional trip to the district office. This legalization process normally need 6-8 weeks depends on how long the Thai office needed to reply….it can even get longer than 8 weeks……. For me it took only around 5 weeks because in my "single certificate" from the district office state that the document is valid for 90 days…..so the embassy was kind to expedite the process for me. But…don’t worry that the document will be expired…as long as it is not older than 6 month by the time it reach the court in Germany, it will be fine. (will be explain in the next step) (Time : Document submitted end of Oct, get it legalized early Dec, Cost : around 6,000 THB for legalization)
Oh…...I think only these 2 steps is too long already …so let finish this later with part 2…3 …or may be 4
Even though these process seem to be hard…annoying…it’s also a good experience…without this sweet fortune (to meet my hubby to be) I will not know the nice and cozy Goethe institute….don’t know how it works there in the embassy…may be I have a happy goal in my mind that is why I have made all steps happily (even with the heavy heart wishing that all step going well )