As soon as you get a copy of your marriage certificate in SECPA from the NSO, you might as well register your marriage in your Korean spouse’s country ASAP.
Where to do so?
- City Hall in South Korea
- Korean embassies (if your husband lives abroad)
Since my husband lives in Japan, he could have done this in the embassy of Korea in Japan but the consul advised him to send the papers directly to the City Hall in his town. Another suggestion was to register our marriage in the Korean embassy in the Philippines. My husband chose the first one.
What are the things to submit?
- Original copy of marriage certificate (from the NSO)
- Application form (My husband got one from the consul. Your seals should both appear in it. See images below.)
- Korean translation of your marriage certificate (You can get the format from the Korean embassy website. See the image below.)
- Photocopy of passports of both spouses
*Images by courtesy of my husband.*
The processing in Korea usually takes 3 days and it’s gratis. Once it’s done, your Korean spouse will be able to get a copy of his/her Korean marriage certificate which will be needed for further transactions. One of which is when registering your marriage in the country where he/she currently lives. Only if your spouse lives abroad.
Questions and clarifications are all welcome here! 🙂