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  • MARRIAGE ABROAD

  • 1. MARRIAGE IN FRONT OF THE POLISH CONSUL

     

    ATTENTION: Only Polish citizens have a right to get married by a Polish Consul. Both women and men have to posses valid Polish passports.

     

    1. Required Documents:
    • A valid photo ID (Polish ID, Polish passport);
    • An original of Polish birth certificate;
    • A proof of termination or cancellation of marriage, if a person intending to get married has been married before (these documents are mostly civil status certificates: spouse’s death certificate, marriage certificate updated to a divorced or cancelled status OR legally binding judicial ruling on spouse’s death, divorce, cancellation or invalidity of marriage);
    • A written declaration of lack of any circumstances, which prevent from entering a  marriage signed by both parties;
    • Declaration of change of surnames of spouses and their children;

    LAST NAME OF SPOUSES AND CHILDREN AFTER MARRIAGE

     

     

    After concluding marriage, a spouse can carry:

     

    • their current name (from before marriage);
    • spouse’s name;
    • combined of their current and spouse’s name.

    In case declaration of surname is missing, each spouse keeps his/her current name.

     

    A child can carry:  

     

    • the same name as one of its parent;
    • by combining mother’s and father’s surnames.

    However:

     

    • If parents didn’t submit the appropriate surname declarations for their children, they will carry a surname  consisting of their mother’s surname with father’s name attached.
    • Surnames cannot consist of more than two elements.
    • Moreover, the correct way to write combined surnames is to put a hyphen in between the two elements (e.g. Smith-Jackson)

     

    2. CERTIFICATE PROVING FULL ELIGIBILITY TO ENTER MARRIAGE

     

    This certificate is issued for the purpose of entering marriage according to a Polish law. It can be obtained by any Polish citizen living abroad, who does not have permanent address in Poland or is unable to determine it, or a Polish citizen who lived for 16 years abroad.

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

     

    • Original of Polish birth certificate or a proof of divorce or cancellation of marriage, if a person intending to enter marriage has been married before;
    • A written declaration of lack of any circumstances, which prevent from entering  marriage;

    The certificate is valid for 3 months.

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