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How to Get Married in Dubai for Filipino and Indian

If you have a plan on getting married in Dubai, you need to make sure you’ve firmed up all the paperwork necessary. This is to ensure you don’t end up running in circles, leaving you with a bundle of nerves as soon as the big day comes.

Like with any other formality, marriage in Dubai comes with it its own set of processes. In this article, we will focus on the process of getting married to an Indian and Filipino couple. For both nationalities to get married in Dubai, there are specific conditions to be met with documents approved and attested by different authorities.

If you are currently spending the majority of your time in picking the perfect outfit for your wedding as well as the venue, we suggest you stop. You need to take care of the paperwork first to make sure your big day will become a reality.

Marriage performed outside of the country of nationality entails tons of paperwork. Couples should coordinate with the Consulate General before making any plans regarding the celebration. Here are the

Marriage requirements for Indian and a Filipino in Dubai:

  • Joint Affidavit Form
  • Marriage Application Form (each for the bride and the groom)
  • Marriage Announcement Form
  • Report of Marriage

Required enclosures:

  • Recent passport size photos (for bride and groom)
  • Passport copies of the bride and groom
  • NSO CENOMAR authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • The advice of parents (applicable to applicant aged 21 to 25; must be authenticated by the DFA)
  • Consent of parents (applicable to applicant aged 18 to 21; must be authenticated by the DFA)
  • Civil status certificate issued by the embassy or consulate of the applicant located in UAE

For Muslim grooms that are already married, written consent of the first wife has to be provided and authenticated by the embassy or consulate of the applicant in the UAE.

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Deciding on where the marriage will take place

Since the Philippine Consulate only permits marriage for Filipino citizens, it’s necessary for an Indian and Filipino couple to check out other wedding venues. Church weddings are permitted if the couple is Christian. When getting in touch with a church, you need to make sure that you are ready with the fee that they charge for performing a marriage.

Christians who wish to get married in a hotel or any other venue may do so. For couples who wish the church would recognize their marriage, they must adhere to all terms and conditions the church sets.

For a Muslim wedding, the marriage ceremony will be performed in an Islamic Court that’s win the marriage section. It’s necessary for a couple to hold residence visas and for the groom to be Muslim.

Additionally, it’s necessary that two male Muslims are present as witnesses. A couple can celebrate their union by hosting a party following the wedding ceremony.

You should know: Marriage Requirements For Non-Muslim Expats in UAE

Attending pre-nuptial classes

There is a need for a Filipino and Indian couple to attend counselling sessions prior to the wedding if the couple is Catholic. Catholic churches in the region provide counselling services before a couple walks down the aisle A certificate will be given by the church to those who have successfully gone through the premarital counselling sessions.

The certificates are then to be taken to an officiating priest as it’s going to be one of the pre-nuptial requirements. For Catholic Filipinos and Indians, they are to fill out different forms supplied by the church and submit baptismally and birth certificates along with passport copies and a NOC that is from a parish priest in each individual’s home country.

For those who are non-Catholic that is planning to marry a Catholic, a NOC that is from the General Consulate is needed stating that the person is free to marry legally. Furthermore, if previously married, the copy of the divorce certificate or death certificate has to be furnished. As soon as the requirements are submitted to the couple’s chosen church, intent to marry will be posted on public noticeboards for three weeks. When there are objections, the wedding won’t be pushed through.

Take note: the church, at its discretion, may ask for additional documents. NOCs and nuptial forms are the ones required in most churches in the region.

Read more: Interfaith Marriage Laws in the UAE

Marriage Lawyers in Dubai

There are other documents that authorities may ask from an Indian and Filipino couple to initiate marriage. We understand if you feel overwhelmed with the process. Fortunately for you, there are marriage lawyers in Dubai who are able to assist you with your plan on getting married in the emirate. We suggest you call us today to book a consultation with our lawyers and legal consultants. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us now!

Hazim Darwish

Hazim Darwish, is a Senior Partner of HHS Lawyers in UAE. Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on legal drafting, contract drafting, labor disputes, family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.