As an international weddingplanner Belle Weddings is ready to turn your ultimate dream into a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Whether you want to get married in "the city of love" Paris, in bustling Ibiza, or on the romantic Caribbean islands, everything is possible! There are plenty of idyllic hotspots as international wedding destinations. As a wedding expert in the Netherlands and abroad, I am happy to help you with all the preparations for your international wedding. Getting married abroad has never been so much fun!
It happens more and more often, we want to marry a foreigner! We keep on looking beyond our own borders and fall madly in love with a sexy Latino, a handsome señor or a blonde Viking from Scandinavia. Traveling is more popular than ever and chances are that your holiday love has developed into more than just a summer fling. After a while long-distance, it makes sense that you are ready for the next step: getting married! Congratulations! Please note, marrying a foreigner requires extra preparations. Below you can read the 5 most important things you need to have in order to make your wedding day unforgettable!
If you want to marry a foreigner in the Netherlands, it is important to prepare well, so that you are not faced with surprises and can enjoy the love for each other. In addition to your sweetheart's ID and birth certificate (from the municipality where he / she was born), the following 5 steps are important:
1. Declaration of no marriage of convenience
The very first step towards your marriage is to fill in the "declaration of no marriage of convenience". This means that you both declare that you will not marry with the aim of obtaining a residence permit.
2. Declaration of unmarried status
To demonstrate that your "significant other" is not yet married abroad or already has a registered partnership, a "declaration of unmarried status" is required. You can apply for this in the last foreign residence of your partner. It is then important to legalize this statement, so that it is also valid in the Netherlands.
3. Declaration of the right of residence
Step three is to obtain a "declaration of the right of residence". If your partner comes from outside the EU, this statement is necessary.
4. Dual nationality
If you and / or your partner have dual nationality, i.e. another nationality in addition to the Dutch nationality, it is necessary to meet the requirements set by Dutch law for a marriage or registered partnership. These can be found on the website of the Dutch government.
5. Residence permit
Living together immediately after your dream wedding sounds like a fairytale! Please note, it is important to arrange a residence permit first. You can request this from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND). They are responsible for granting residence permits for foreign partners.
When you have all these documents (+ copies) in order, and submitted to the Dutch embassy for approval, it is finally time for the more fun tasks belonging to organizing your wedding!
One last tip, start on time with requesting the above documents, because sometimes it can take a very long time. It is also important to know the maximum expiry date of your documents and whether your municipality needs more / extra documents.
And then it really starts: you can get married!
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