information needed on marriage in Tunisia

edited September 2010 in - Tunisia
hello everybody ! i m Tunisian and i have an aussie girlfriend that in 2 month ago she became my fianc
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  • edited 1:22PM
    Mabrouk Tounsi! I'm an Aussie married to a Tune so I can tell you exactly what you need. If you are just going to go to the municipality or have a notaire it is really quite simple. It doesn't matter that there is no Australian embassy but if you need assistance then the Canadian embassy assists Australian citizens here.

    Your fiance will need her passport, original birth certificate, if she has been married before then she needs her original marriage certificate and original divorce documents. She can get her Certificate of no impediment from the Embassy before she leaves Australia. If she was not born in Australia then she should bring her Certificate of citizenship. You will both need blood tests but you can do that in tunis. She should have copies of all her documents and have them certified and make sure that she keeps the originals!

    If you want to marry in the municipality then you should go and organise this. It is easy for you, you should just have your original birth certificate, your Carte d'identitie and your passport if you have one. You can set the date so it won't be a problem. the notaire is even easier, just organise for him the date and time and he will arrive. Both ways are quite cheap.

    If you want lots more information then please email me as below and I can help.
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    Oi Lesley, how ya do'n?
    thankyou for your information, you have been very helpful.if we have any problems or question i will e-mail you.
    thankyou again.!!
    aussie, aussie, aussie
    :0)
  • edited 1:22PM
    Tounsi - plaisir! Don't forget my invitation! LOL
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    hi, im an English divorced woman, wanting to marry my Tunisian b/f. what do we need to do. what docs do i need. my boyfriend has never been married before.
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    if we get married in Tunisia, is the marriage recognised in the U.K. and vise versa..
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    Wildy - your intended should be able to advise all the documentation you need. However, as a start you will need to have your divorce documents, your original marriage certificate, your birth certificate not less than 21 days old prior to the marriage, certificate of no impediment (CONI) from your embassy, copy of your passport bio page. All these need to be copied and certified and you should have them translated into French. You will both have to have blood tests in Tunisia before the marriage. There is some very good information for UK women in regard to the documentation on: www.tunisia.com. Your marriage is recognised in the UK and will be recorded on your husband's birth certificate.
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    hi what is this certificate of no impediment and does it apply to a canadian woman wanting to marry a tunisian man?also, is it absolutley necessary to have a new birth certificate because i have one that was issued in 2010 and it is now 2011? i have a passport and was never married.
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    ll11sa - everyone must have a CONI (cert of no impediment)in order to marry. this is a certificate from your government that basically states that there is no impediment from allowing you to marry and it is required by the Tunisian government. No way around it! You will need a birth certificate that is issued 21 days before your date of marriage. Here in Tunisia every event of a person's life is documented on their birth certificate, marriage, children, divorce etc and is a necessary document for marriage.
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    hello
    im ahmed from tunisia i hve a friend from australia who invited me to visit her;she sent me a statutory declaration
    i want to knw if its easy to have a touristic visa to visit australia ..??
    i saw in immigration web that i have to transtate all my document to english
    should i go to any sworm traductor or there is specific one ???
    thank you
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    Salem aleykum Ahmed - it will be almost impossible for you to get a touristic visa for Australia. I am an australian married to a Tune and I live here in Tunsi, but even my husband can't get a visitor visa!! However if you can prove to the Australian government that you have a job, good income, assets such as property etc and a bank account then there is a slim chance. All dox must be translated into English and then certified. there is no aus embassy in Tunis so you can use the municipality (if they will stamp English dox) or use a judicial traductor. There is no specific one to use.

    If you want more help just let me know
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    thank u lesley for reply
    so what should i do to meet my girl friend ???
    there is any solution to join my girl friend in australia ..???
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    Ahmed - well perhaps she could come to Tunsie and visit here? there is little chance that you will get a visa to australia as I said but you can try. But beware because if you are a bezness man I will hunt you down!!
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    elo lesley
    then there is a big opportunity for me to go to australia after she go back ???
    i mean after we get marrige in here i can be there finally with her ???
    thank u very much
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    Ahmed - Australia is one of the hardest countries for you to get a visa. Believe me on this. Your girl friend and you both need to do a lot of work. Have you ever met her? If not then it is going to be extremely difficult. It will take a long time and you will both need to prove that your relationship is genuine. A marriage certificate is just not enough. I know 2 Australian girls who married Tunisians and they have both waited 2 years to get a visa for their husbands to join them. But these girls travelled back and forward from Australia to Tunisia for some weeks at a time to be with their husbands. there is much, much documentation that needs to be presented to the Australian government and then 'if' you get a visa it will only be temporary until the government makes its final decision. Also it can take up to 8 months waiting for the temporary visa and you will need to go to the Australian embassy in Cairo for an interview. It is a long and very hard process so if you are really genuine and love this girl then you both need to do a lot of work.
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    elo lesley
    i heard there is an immigration office between Australia and Tunisia, which plays an intermediary between Tunisia and Cairo located in Belvedere near the canadian embassy
    its that true ...???
    or i should contact the australian embassy in cairo by post in order to send them my visa application or by person
    waitin 4 ur reply
    thank u
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    Tunisiano - there is no australian embassy in tunis. The canadian embassy offers australian citizens consular assistance but does not deal with visas at all. you will need to contact the embassy in Cairo in order to lodge your visa application. the australian embassy in Cairo looks after all australian consular and embassy issues including visas for North Africa
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    so I must contact directly the Embassy in Egypt by my self
    i need assistance is there any who can do that for me here in tunisia ???
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    Tunisiano - what assistance do you need? The embassy have multi-lingual staff and if you wish you can speak to an Arabic speaker to get all the information you require
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    i know embassy hve multi langual staff but they dont dont give me a clear answer some time and all they say to me go to embassy site
    any way thank u for assistance
    just one question
    the fee for a touristic visa is it 105 dollars...????
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    Tune - ok, so you need to download the visa application form and read it very carefully! they ask for many dox and you need to supply much information. There is an information sheet and a checklist of all the things you need: all dox must be translated into English and certified. You will need your birth certificate (up to date), attestation of your bank account and amount you have. However, given that you can't take money out of the country you will need to show the government that you can support yourself while you are in Australia. If someone else is going to provide you financial assistance then they must submit a statutory declaration and provide their birth certificate etc along with their bank statement showing that they have enough in the bank. You will also need to show that you have a job here and a letter from your manager/boss stating this and that you are authorised to take vacation time and that your job will be available to you when you return. It's all about proving that you have the incentive and wish to return to Tunis after your holiday
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    thank u im already hve the from and check list
    i hve most of those u doc u told me abt
    im still stusent i hve certificate showin im at university
    my gf sent me just the statutory declaration also my sister from uk sent me her bank statement and a letter sayin that she and her husband will sponsor me as well
    do u think that is enought ???
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    Tunisiano - does your g/f stat dec have her bank statements with it? your sister in the UK will not be considered as being able to support your stay in Australia. It must be from an Australian
    citizen. Also I forgot to tell you that although the website states that the visa fee is Aud$105 you will be required to pay with the equivalent in Egyptian pounds.

    Good luck!
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    elo lesley
    my gf just sent me the stat declaration ..???
    she told that sat dec is enought ????
    do i need her bank statement ??????
    abt my sis ..she sent me as i told u letter and bank stat in case i need money in australia she also will pay my visa fee
    thank u
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    Tune - your g/f sent you a stat dec saying what? If she is declaring that she will be responsible for you financially while you are in Australia then she needs to show the government that she has the money in her bank to enable her to do that. You will need the receipt from the visa payment before you lodge your application as it must be attached, or you can get a fax copy of it and attach that. I suggest that your g/f calls the visa section in australia and finds out exactly what she needs to provide............to be honest a visitor visa for Tunisians is rare so you will need to provide a lot of documentation/police clearance/character references etc etc before you lodge your application
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    Desperate for Advice!!!

    I'm getting married in May 2011, to my Tunisian fianc
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    Sim - mabrouk!! There is a fantastic forum which contains some great information for British marrying Tunisians - www.tunisia.com they have a special thread about getting married here. Here in Tunisia we only have a contract signing and then a party, however, many have the full 7 days including henna etc etc. As you only have 3 days then you can have the contract signing and the party on the same day or night. You can have the contract in the municipal office with a notaire or you can do it at the salle des fetes or in a private home.

    You will need your full birth certificate not older than 21 days prior to your marriage, you should have this translated and certified into Arabic or French. You must have your blood tests here, they only take a day to do. I've never heard about the sanity document but you do need a Certificate of No Impediment from your Embassy in London. this basically says that there is nothing to stop you marrying.

    The notaire will register your marriage with the municipality and it will be recorded on your husband's birth certificate. We do not have sheikhs here - just the municipality notaire or a private notaire. Please know that it is not a religious service!!!

    Everything that is not in Arabic or French MUST be translated and certified.

    If you want more information then just send me an email to the below.
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    Hi I'm an Irish woman, ive been with my Tunisian boyfriend for a year now & were getting married in the summer or just after havent set an excat date yet, ive been back & forward to see him ( im currently here now & have been since Febuary going home next week :( ...) & im moving here a few months after the wedding once i sort out things at home, is it the same rules apply for an Irish person marrying a Tunisian?
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    Linny, I presume that you refer to the info I gave to Sim? So yes, you will need the same documents. If you need more info on anything let me know.
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    Kia ora (hello) Lesley, Im a kiwi living in NZ and I have been chatting to a guy in Tunisia for one year. we chat and txt daily as well as on video calling. I will be travellling to Tunisia early october for three weeks. This will be a great opportunity to meet his family and to see if we are truly compatible. He is the most wonderful open minded kind romantic thoughtful guy I have been fortunate to know. Sucks that he is on the other side of the world tho. If all works out, he may travel to NZ to live and hopefully we can be married. How easy or hard is it for a Tunisian guy to leave his country and make a life in NZ??
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    Salem Aleykum puku - I have a saying: "It's easy to take the Tune out of Tunisia but it is impossible to take the Tunisian out of the Tune"....................the cultural divide is so, so great and if you do succeed in getting him to NZ then you will need patience, patience and more patience and you will both have to do a lot of hard work cultural wise. Keep this in mind - if he has travelled then it will be most likely to other Arabic countries that do not require him to have a visa. the way of life, our food, housing absolutely everything is so foreign to those in the west. It is good that you are coming for a visit, where will you be? Also please be very, very cautious about this relationship. I'm not saying that yours may not be genuine but Tunisian men are very very good with the charm and romance especially when they want a visa out of Tunisia.
    Good luck!!
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