Marriages solemnized at the Consulate are between two individuals, at least one of whom is an Indian citizen with a residence visa of the UAE. Certain procedural formalities are to be completed before the marriage is solemnized. During the year 2013, 219 marriages were solemnized in the Consulate out of which 81 were between an Indian national versus the foreign national.
Please refer to FAQs on marriages for further details.
FAQs on Marriages
What are the procedures for getting married at the Consulate?
- The prospective bride and groom need to appear in person/before the Marriage Officer along with three witnesses with residence visas.
- They need to submit the prescribed “Notice of Intended Marriage” form duly filled along with a fee of AED 190 in cash. The form consists of notice, declaration and a sworn affidavit.
- Prescribed format for publication of Notice in newspaper is given. (Details below).
- A date for solemnization of the marriage is given 30 days after the publication of the Notice and provided no objections are received from any quarter.
- A day prior to the date of solemnization of marriage, original passports of the couple and witnesses are required to be submitted to the Marriage Officer.
- On the scheduled date the prospective couple along with the three witnesses come to the Consulate for solemnization of the marriage.
What documents are to be submitted at the Consulate prior to the marriage?
- Notice of Intended Marriage
- 4 Passport size photos each of the prospective bride and groom
- Photocopy of the passport and residence visa of the bride or groom, whoever is an Indian national.
- Photocopy of the passports of the 3 witnesses having residence visa.
- The prospective bride and groom and the 3 witnesses should also carry their original passports for verification at the time of the submission of the Notice.
- NOC required from respective parents of bride and groom.
When do the prospective bride and groom and the witnesses sign papers?
This needs to be done at the time of submission of Notice in front of the concerned Consulate officer.
What formalities are to be completed before the marriage can be solemnized?
- Notice in the prescribed format is to be published in a widely circulated newspapers in the home country, at the place of permanent residence as indicated in the passports of bride and groom, and in the UAE.
- In case both bride and groom are from same state in India , notice is to be published only in one news paper of that particular state
- After the publication of Notice, the applicants are required to submit the concerned newspapers.
What formalities are to be completed before the marriage can be solemnized if one among the prospective couple is:
Not an Indian?
- A No-Impediment (singleness) Certificate is to be obtained from their respective Consulate, which should be duly attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of UAE.
- In case, where the Consulate does not issue such a certificate, a sworn affidavit attested by the respective Consulate of the non-Indian applicant needs to be submitted.
- A certificate from the Consulate of the non-Indian applicant stating that his/her country’s respective law does not prohibit their nationals from marrying foreign nationals.
A decree of divorce duly attested by the Home Department of the respective State Government in India, in case the divorce had taken place in India. In case divorce has taken place in UAE, the divorce certificate needs to be attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of UAE.
A UAE national?
A no objection letter from the Foreign Ministry of UAE is to be obtained.
How is the prospective couple informed about the date of solemnization of marriage and when?
There is a mandatory wait period of 30-days after publication of the Notice in the newspapers. The prospective couple can contact the Consulate on any day after publication of advertisement to fix up a date for solemnization of marriage which is generally on the Thursday following the completion of 30 days or any Thursday after that.
When do the prospective bride and groom and the three witnesses submit their original passports?
They are required to do this one day before the actual solemnization of marriage. The passports are returned immediately after the solemnization along with marriage certificate.
Whether parents of the prospective bride and bridegroom will be informed about the submission of Notice of Intended Marriage?
Whether people from different religions can marry?
Yes. People from different religions can marry under Indian law.
What is the law under which marriage is solemnized?
The marriage is solemnized under Foreign Marriage Act 1969.
REQUIREMENTS FOR INTENDED MARRIAGE
- Notice for intended marriage (4 copies) form, duly filled-in.
- Declaration by prospective bride and bridegroom (in duplicate by each).
- Sworn affidavit by the prospective bride and bridegroom (in duplicate by each), duly attested by the Indian Consulate.
- Four identical passport size recent photographs (by each). At least one of the parties must be on a residence visa of the UAE.
- Three witnesses (holding residence visa of UAE, two of them should be Indian nationals) with their original valid passports and passport photocopy.
- If one of the parties is not an Indian citizen, a No Objection Certificates/Affidavit (in respect of his/her martial status and willingness to marry an Indian) from the concerned Consulate/ Embassy and attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE.
- All five persons are required to appear before the Marriage Officer for signatures with their original passport and a photocopy both at the time of submission of forms and at the time of solemnization of the Marriage. Photocopy of Passports required only at the time of submission of form.
- After submission of the forms, newspaper advertisement is to be given by the individuals for publication in local English Newspaper as well as English Newspaper in India/concerned country in the place of permanent residence indicated in the passport. The advertisement should contain the full text provided by the Consulate.
ALL THE PARTICULARS IN THE FORMS MUST BE FILLED IN AS PER THE PASSPORT.