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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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 28 8652 7222 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 18 Havelock Road Singapore 059764. Tel: (65) 6539 5321 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 marriages contracted or solemnised outside Singapore ─

 

(a)  which have been registered in accordance with and are valid under the law of the place in which the marriages were contracted or celebrated; and

 

(b)  to which both parties possess the capacity to marry under the law of their respective countries of domicile,

 

are valid in Singapore. The final arbiter of any dispute as to the validity of such marriages in Singapore is the Court of 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
Singapore 179869
Tel: 1800-337 5339 (toll-free), (65) 6339 8783, 6338 7808, 6338 9987
Fax: (65) 6339 3328
Homepage: http://www.rom.gov.sg

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