If you wish to get married while in Korea you can obtain a civil marriage under Korean law. Marriage is a civil procedure in Korea, and performing a religious ceremony only does not constitute a legal marriage. For your marriage to be legally recognized in Korea and hence, legally recognized in Canada, you and your fiancé (e) must be free to marry, must report and register your marriage to the appropriate civil authorities.
You cannot get married at a Canadian embassy or consulate. Canadian consular officials do not perform marriage ceremonies, and they do not have to attend a marriage ceremony in a foreign country. Marriages that are legally performed in a foreign country are usually valid in Canada, and you do not need to register them in Canada. While consular officials are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies, we can, however, notarize necessary documents for a civil marriage in Korea.
You must take the following steps to get married in Korea.
Step 1 – Canadians are required to appear in person at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul or the Consulate of Canada in Busan and complete one copy of the Affidavit of Eligibility of Marriage. You should also provide a piece of identification (i.e. passport and/or birth certificate).
Step 2 – You will be required to bring the notarized copy of the Affidavit of Eligibility of Marriage to your local district office (Gu Cheong) to report and register your marriage. At the local district office, you will need to provide information on yours and your wife’s witnesses such as their names, date of birth, ID numbers and addresses, and their personal seals or signatures.
The Korean district office will issue the following:
** Please note: For a marriage between two foreigners, the verification certificate will be issued on the same day.
*Please note that if your fiancé(e) is not Korean they should contact their embassy in Korea and seek advice on requirements on getting married in Korea.
CANADIAN IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP REGULATIONS
Marriage to a Canadian citizen does not automatically confer permanent resident or citizenship status on the Korean spouse. To obtain permanent resident status, the Canadian partner must complete an undertaking to sponsor his/her spouse at a Canadian Immigration Centre in Canada. The Korean national must then meet all civil and medical requirements before a visa can be issued. Processing times vary according to individual circumstances, and the applicant is normally required to remain in Korea until such time as the Visa can be issued.
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