Please note that the Consulate-General is not authorised to solemnise or register marriages of citizens in China.
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE OVERSEAS
Neither the Consulate-General nor the Singapore Registry of Marriages can issue you a Certificate of No Impediment (无配偶证明). However, the Consulate-General can assist to issue a letter certifying your marriage search records from the Singapore Registry of Marriages (ROM).
To issue such a letter, please obtain and present the following documents:
- An original certified hard copy of the search result for marriage records issued by ROM (note: this does not refer to the print copy of the on-screen result generated through the free search service for marriage records). Singaporeans who are overseas may apply for the document via the ROM website www.rom.gov.sg and/or through the assistance of a friend or relative. Please use your NRIC number to apply for a search result.
- If you are a divorcee, please produce a duly certified copy of the divorce certificate (Certificate of Making Decree Nisi Absolute / Certificate of Making Interim Judgment Final.
You will need to appear in person to execute a Statutory Declaration as required by the Chinese authorities. Please bring your passport for verification of identity.
Please call the Consulate-General at Tel: +86 21 6278 5566 Ext 8101 or 8104 to make an appointment before coming down for this service.
MARRIAGE IN SINGAPORE
A Singaporean who is desirous of marrying a work permit/ex-work permit holder is required to seek the prior approval of the Controller of Work Permits before contracting marriage in Singapore or elsewhere. If approval is granted, the couple can then call personally at the Singapore Registry of Marriages with their identity card/passport, birth certificate and the approval letter to file the required 21 day notice of marriage. Solemnization of the marriage can be effected after the expiration of 21 days but before the expiration of 3 months from the date of the notice of marriage. Please contact the Marriage Screening Section, Ministry of Manpower at Tel: (65) 64385122 or 65341511 on the procedure for applying for approval to marry a work permit/ex-work permit holder and whether there is a need for approval if you do not intend to reside in Singapore.
All valid marriages contracted/solemnised outside Singapore and registered in accordance with the law of the place in which the marriages were contracted / celebrated are recognised by our Government for all purposes of the Law of Singapore unless there are reasons to doubt the particular marriage was not validly contracted. In such cases, the Court of Law is the final arbiter as to whether the marriage is recognised by the Singapore Law. Please visit the Registry of Marriages website for other details on marriages. There is no provision in the Women's Charter (Chapter 353) to empower the Registrar of Marriages to re-register a marriage contracted and already registered outside Singapore.
The registration of marriage between a non-Singaporean and a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident does not automatically accord the non-Singaporean spouse the right of permanent residence in Singapore.
If you would like further information on marriage-related matters, you may write or fax to:
Registry of Marriages
7 Canning Rise
Tel: (65) 6338 7808
Fax: (65) 6339 3328