How to Apply for a Single Status Certificate in Sri Lanka. A Single Status Certificate also referred to as a No Marriage Affidavit, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or Certificate of No Impediment, is a sworn statement saying that you are eligible to marry.
In order for non-nationals to marry in a foreign country you will most likely be required to produce legal documentation from your country of citizenship verifying single status and that you are free to marry. This is known as a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’, ‘Certificate de Coutume’, ‘Certificate of Nulla Osta’ or a ‘Certificate of Freedom to Marry’.
If you are planning to marry in another country, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment. This document has many different names such as Declaration of Non-Impediment to Marry, Statutory Declaration of Single Status, Affidavit of Intended Marriage, Statement In-Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad, Certificate de Coutume, a Certificate of No Impediment, Certificate of Nulla Osta, Certificate of Freedom to Marry or just free to marry. The Bride & Groom to be married must provide from their country of Citizenship, individual Certificates of non impediment or Certificate of Single Status/Sworn Affidavit, as proof that they are both indeed single and eligible to marry. This is also called an affidavit of single status or negative statement of marriage. This document can be obtained at the local level in their city they reside.
The Unmarried Certificate is a document that proves you are not already legally married. Some countries would require Sri Lankan citizens planning to get married abroad to submit this document before being allowed to proceed with the marriage ceremony.
Following are procedures on how to obtain Unmarried Certificates.
It is advisable to follow the guidelines that certain authorities deem necessary. Those wishing to marry overseas will need special documentation. First, couples will have to present a declaration that is processed by your local office where marriage documents are produced. This must be from the state where you live in Sri Lanka. On this statement will be recorded the fact that there has not be any marriage in recent years. Check out the link for relevant fees.
Due to the fact that these types of documents are sought for foreign involvement one will need the local or state registrars account or declaration to be authenticated to work abroad.
- Go to the Civil Registry office where marriages are registered.
- Present and submit required documents.
- Complete a form and declare.
- Pay the fee.
- Fill in a letter of request and the application for Unmarried Status Certificate
- Submit the letter of request and the application form along with all other required documents to the Sri Lankan Embassy.
- Pay all relevant fees.
Required Documents to Apply for a Single Status Certificate in Sri Lanka
- letter of request
- Registration ID issued by the Embassy
- An affidavit countersigned by the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Affidavits are valid only for 6 months from the date of issue)
- If the spouse/partner is also a Sri Lankan citizen, both parties should submit their affidavits.
- Applicants Passport and valid Visa (Original)
- Copy of passport of the person to be married to.
- Completed application for Unmarried Status Certificate
- Divorce Certificate (Original) if the applicant is a divorcee
- Death Certificate (Original) if the applicants previous spouse has expired.
This certificate are obtained from Sri Lankan Embassies Abroad. Make sure that you contact the Sri Lankan Embassy in the country you are in and check if you need to make an appointment first before going to the embassy to apply for the certificate.
Please also be aware that a standard Single Status Certificate or Certificate of No Impediment may be insufficient on its own to allow a marriage to take place in a foreign country. You may be required by the foreign authorities to comply with the following, so please ensure that you allow sufficient time for processing.
- Certificates may need to be translated.
- Certificates may need to be endorsed or exchanged for a locally acceptable version issued by your Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will marry.
- Certificates may need to be legalized i.e. stamped with an official stamp known as an Apostille.
- Certificates may require that witnesses swear an Affidavit stating that you are free to marry and that this is appended.
- Full Name
- Passport or ID number
- Place and Date of Birth
- Signature of the person who declares
- Signature of the witnesses
Office Locations & Contacts
Registrar General’s Department Contact Details
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri Lanka Missions Abroad
Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka
Contact Numbers: 0094 (0) 11 2325371 / 2325372 / 2325373 / 2325375
Fax Numbers: 0094 (0) 11 2446091 / 2333450 / 2430220
Sri Lanka Missions Abroad
Consular Affairs Division
Contact Numbers: 0094 11 4718972/ 4719593
Fax Numbers: 0094 11 2473899
Embassy of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation
Address: 24, Schepkina str., Moscow, 129090 Russia
Contact Numbers: +7 (495) 688-16-20, 688-16-51, 688-14-63
Fax Numbers: +7 (495) 688-17-57
Other Contact Numbers
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia: http://www.srilankaembassy.org/en/consular/attestation-of-documents/unmarried-certificates/
Ministry of External Affairs
Government of Sri Lanka
Registrar General’s Department
Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs
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