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Offline Sous01

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Would appreciate any advice from some Canadians who married their spouse in Russia especially about the process. I keep finding conflicting procedures.

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Would appreciate any advice from some Canadians who married their spouse in Russia especially about the process. I keep finding conflicting procedures.

The Canadian consulate in Russia should give you some good advice , I know the Uk consulate have like an information pack on the subject, all easy.
Its best to ask your spouse to contact or visit the local Zags for the info, they are usually helpful and tell you the whole procedure. Though depending where you are you will have to check if they marry foreigners at their office not all do..
Its an easy process in general and nothing to worry about :)
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Thanks for your reply. It is a beautiful woman I met on your dating site by the way! When you are spending so much money to fly there especially where my fiancé lives you want to make sure you get everything right. The latest challenge is that it will take the Russian legalization department a week to process my authenticating my declaration of non impediment to marriage. As a Canadian I can only do this in Moscow or Vladivostok.


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Sous01, it would be very helpful, and to your benefit if you ask the mods to place all your questions and threads into one.
Giving advice without background info won't give you much help.

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You know what tomcat! I see so many hijacked threads here and all I want is if someone would like to talk with me about their experiences to do so. I am looking for any and all help from their experiences. Seems like some people on this board can post about any topic and it's ok but if you just want to have a conversation with people who have gone through what you are going to experience you are criticized because you have asked a previous question.
Factors change. If it bothers people they should just not answer.

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You know what tomcat! I see so many hijacked threads here and all I want is if someone would like to talk with me about their experiences to do so. I am looking for any and all help from their experiences. Seems like some people on this board can post about any topic and it's ok but if you just want to have a conversation with people who have gone through what you are going to experience you are criticized because you have asked a previous question.
Factors change. If it bothers people they should just not answer.

You need to find out for yourself - all the info is out there and folks to be honest are tired of regurgitating the same old same old.

If you can't do that best to not bother looking for an FSU partner, this is the easy bit...

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The latest challenge is that it will take the Russian legalization department a week to process my authenticating my declaration of non impediment to marriage. As a Canadian I can only do this in Moscow or Vladivostok.

I suspect you are trying to avoid about having to waste time in Moscow just for paperwork.  I had the same issue but there is another way to do this but does take more time.  You prepare in Canada.

I actually processed some of my paperwork in Canada to get the Marriage paperwork ready.  For me this involved getting my marriage search document from Ontario...having it notarized locally...and then sent to Foreign Affairs Canada to be legalized for Russia...then they send it onward to the Russian Embassy in Ottawa who then legalizes the document for use in Russia.  Once I had this...I sent a scanned copy to my fiancée so she could have it translated, and then she even showed it to the ZAGS official to make sure ahead of time that it would be sufficient.  Once I arrived with the real copy...it was simple for the translator to take her original translation from the scan and redo it for the original. 

This allowed me to land in Moscow Thursday, and get married Saturday in another city. 



 
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Thank you froid.

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No problem Sous.  I can't do all the homework for you...and I was married 7 years ago so take my advice with a grain of salt, but if you know something is possible...you can check the websites for up to date info and possibly do the same thing I did. 

Any other questions let me know.  I am not here often though so if you want a quick answer and I am not around send me a PM and it will email me I think. 
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Thanks for the offer froid. I have been reading and reading. It is such a stressful process that you want to make sure that you have considered every avenue. I appreciate anyone's experiences.

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The only difficulty we had was the “marriage letter”.  This was a document that was notarized by the US embassy in Moscow and then processed by the Russian ministry of foreign affairs.  The ministry of foreign affairs wanted to take a week to process it.  They also wanted me to travel to Kirov (where my wife lived) to get registered then return to Moscow to submit the marriage letter.  Then we were told we would have to wait seven days while the marriage letter was processed.
Needless to say this would have been very difficult for us.  We were able to convince the clerk that end of day should be sufficient. He eventually agreed and we picked it up that afternoon.   
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Yeah that is exactly what I was trying to avoid too Yankee.  That kind of run around and being stuck in the bureaucratic mess they call the Russian government. 

I managed to do some of the paperwork while there visiting in Mar.  I basically signed and dated the Zags paperwork in front of a notary and translator.  And then the remainder of paperwork while in Canada including that damn marriage search.  The only things I had to do when I arrived was to get one final translation on the papers we had scanned and translated during the wait before the wedding. 

Oh...and learn "our" dance. 

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