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Marriage to my Tunisian partner

edited October 2016 in - Tunisia
Hi i plan to get married next year to my tunisian boyfriend, and i live in Northern Ireland, please can anyone advise me as to what papers i will need to go ahead with my plans. I am visiting In August when we will be going to the embassy to start the ball rolling.


  • edited October 2016

    You will need the following:

    Birth certificate not older than 21 days prior to your marriage
    If you have been previously married then your marriage certificate and divorce papers
    Certificate of No Impediment (CONI) available from a British register office
    These all need translating into Arabic/French and can be done here in Tunisia very cheaply
    You and your fiance must have blood tests but they must be done here - they take only minutes and is cheap

    There is loads of information on: mainly for British and Irish women so you will find lots there to help you.

    Good luck
  • Lesley as i re-read this conversation....i ask you this question. I am from The States and have same question. I want to travel to Tunis in April of next year 2017..this will be my first time visiting the country to see the man i have been online with for the past 7 months. If this man is everything i see him to be and wish to marry him. Can i marry him the first time i go to Tunisia?? say we spend some time together and really love each other. can we marry while i am there?? if i have all proper papers??....
  • @ShellyCherif
    You can marry in Tunisia when you visit as there is no waiting time. You simply need the correct documents.
  • Alethia -thank you so much!! i .was misinformed through guerradios
  • @ShellyCherif
    Lesley and I will gladly assist you.
  • Alethia-I know that you have gone over this topic so many times-but i only want to be very clear of this understanding...when i come to Tunis-i bring with me a certified copy of my birth Certificate-no older than 3 weeks-and i also bring divorce decree-and passport and photo Id???...I know we have to registar with the Embassy-and also get medical question is does my Tunisian have to do a English exam as well as part of the marriage approval?? And if i am visiting for 3 weeks is this enough time to have all this done?? Thank you for you time and attention
  • edited September 2016
    Sally - here is what you need to bring:

    Original birth certificate no older than 21 days before date of marriage - note that it MUST be an original.

    You should bring your original marriage certificate along with the divorce documents

    You must have a certificate that states your single status and your ability to enter into marriage

    Copy of your Passport - all pages even the blanks

    All these documents should be originals and must be translated into Arabic/French and you can have that done here quickly and cheaply.

    You do not have to register with the embassy. You will have blood tests done together here in Tunisia. You and your intended make an apt with the doctor and he will order the tests. Go to the pathology and you will have the results the same day.

    Your friend does not have to have an English exam - this is Tunisia, our official language is Arabic!!

    Yes you can do it all in 3 weeks - however a word from a wise one - be careful!! Make sure that you see the marriage contract and have it translated BEFORE you sign it!!!
  • edited September 2016
    Shelley - I did forget to just warn you about advice you receive. Alethia is a first rate immigration lawyer and knows intimately the laws in regard to this subject. I am an expert in Tunisia having lived here for many years. I understand this culture, society, the language and the naughty little boys who live here with a desire to live elsewhere. Please take care - Alethia and I are here to assist and ensure that you get the correct advice.
  • @Lesley ...LOL!!!!! i love you ladies and have read and followed your advice to many-you are smart women and can sniff these bad boys out from afar-Leslie you warned me back in March if you remember right about a certain TUNISIAN-and may i just say YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT with the advice you gave...only i learned the hard way!!! :( Never this man send me the monies back-you nailed it right on the button my friend!!!! and thank you as always for the quick response two are wonderful!!!!!
  • Shelly then I am warning you once again!! I'm always right lol
  • @ShellyCherif
    You need to listen to Lesley, because she is absolutely 100% right. You are heading for a broken heart and a hole in your bank account
  • ha ha, I'm amazed these ladies are still falling for this scam. It's a bit like the email I got from Warren Buffet this morning, offering to send me loads of cash - too good to be true, and it isn't.
    Visit for destination advice
  • Mathieu - it is a lot like the Warren scam except these women are giving up their cash. They just don't get it. I try but I can't get through.
  • @ Mathieu and Lesley....I don't think that we are not listening to the advice given but rather we are also listening to our hearts!!! The heart wants what the heart wants as the Ol' saying goes is a tad bit true........This is a hard situation to grasp!! I can only speak right now for my Tunisian, in the fact that he is truly so charming and loving and i know many say this about their boyfriends who come from Tunisia-but if the men from the States were so attentive, loving-and caring as this man i have found -then there would be no Mahdi!! This man of mine comes from a good family who wants for nothing-his Father works at the Tunis airport and his family does not struggle. Of the almost 8 months i have been speaking to him-I have never been asked for a single dollar..nothing he only wants to learn from me as i do him. Different culture has always had my attention-and therefore have strong interest in learning about the different life one lives in the beautiful country of Tunisia. I can understand the majority of the boys(young men) who live in Tunisia- want America and will do all that it takes to try to get in. I have come to the conclusion that this is simply for the fact that opportunity is so limited in their country-these men feel stumped-and they simply want to be able to grow and be all that they can. During this 8 month period with my Mahdi i have researched and spent much time in several forums to gather all the info. i can about my loved one and his country. I can appreciate all words of advice given here and listen whole heartily-in the end it is the lessons learned that have given me a more clearer direction...i am putting one foot forward each day still living in the moment and appreciating all that i have staying focused-and looking forward to a day(Inshaallah in April of 2017)that i will travel to Tunisia and see for myself what my Mahdi'd heart is like.
  • edited September 2016
    Mahdi is an adult, yet you say that his father works at Tunis airport so the family dont have to struggle. So what does Mahdi do to earn a living or his he supported by his father?

    You have already been conned out of money by a Tunisian man because he said what you wanted to hear , imagine how much a man you cared for could con you out of.

    You know nothing about Tunisia but you call it beautiful. I have been to Tunisia many times and its not beautiful compared to other countries.

    Sorry to say but you like so many women are deluded. Marriage to an older woman from the US, Europe UK is the ultimate prize. There is nothing we can say to you, as you are so blinkered. You will remember our words when things go wrong and you are dumped and left heartbroken.
  • Mahdi is at home living with his mom and dad still-he is the youngest of three children in his family-and no he has no job. He begins school for culinary -cook/food on Monday the 3rd of October.He was in the Army for one year and His father and mother support all for him he even smokes cigerettes and they purchase these too for him!!......The beauty of the country i explain are the Ocean waters and the historical buildings-the food and the slow pace of life...the little things...True Mahdi's friend conned me out of several hundreds of dollars, long story short-Mahdi at the time didn't speak good english to understand exactly what his snake of a friend was truly up to-they do not speak today because of this matter.In the end I know God will take care of this Tunisian who lied and stole this money from me! When i take this trip in April it will be because i have never done this for myself-it will be because i want a holiday, i want to meet this man i will have spoken to for over a year online with-i will decide from there what the relationship will turn into from there.
  • Shelly, you sound completely deluded. You've been scammed already and you're coming back for more. There's a sucker born every minute and you're a prime example.

    That said, I truly hope that you're the 1/1,000,000,000 exception and that everything is as you believe it to be. You have a better chance being stuck by lightening and winning the lottery, but who knows, maybe you'll make history.

    I'm willing to bet anything that we'll never hear back from you because this will explode at some point, but I absolutely hope that isn't the case.

    Good luck. You're going to need a lot of it.
  • edited September 2016
    Well thank you very much CHEERS!!!!!!!!!! Shhhiiiisshhhhh!!! anything else????!!!.....
  • Ohhhhhhh now I get it..........he's one of the 'friends'. Do you understand that they come in groups and if one of them can't then the others will try. You've already been conned twice! Believe me here he should be earning money only they are very, very lazy!! What does his father do in the airport? Is he a baggage handler? Is he a cleaner? If you think he earns good money you would be very, very wrong. You understand absolutely nothing about this country..............what you see are pictures and the reality is completely different. The streets are strewn with rubbish, stray animals everywhere, street kids, drunks etc etc. You can't understand anything and I do. Why will you not take my advice!!!

    Please, please listen to me - you are being scammed 150%!! Young tunisian males do not want an older woman, that is NOT our culture. They want a young pretty girl (and these are in abundance) to have babies with. If you care to find out about stats between young tunisian males and older (and many much older like you) you will find that 99.999% end in divorce once the boy has his foreign passport.

    You are nothing but a visa and a passport. There it is said, I am blunt but I don't know any other way.
  • edited October 2016
    Mahdi is a lazy freeloader and this "online relationship" is a disaster waiting to happen.
    You think that Mahdi's family do not struggle ? Of course they do.

    The minimum wage in Tunisia is about 200 Euro per month ( $220 ), even well-trained workers in professional occupations with an good education rarely earn more than 500-750 Euro per month.
    I am shocked that you think that it is acceptable for a man not to have a job but to live off his parents.

    This week alone I was contacted by three Tunisian men all legally here in the UK , all three had married older women and obtained visas and legal status.

    The older wives have now been divorced, all three men divorced their older British wives in Tunisia ,quick cheap and easy because foreign wives do not need to appear in Tunisia for the divorce to be granted.

    All three men have now married young Tunisian women and want to bring their new wives to the UK.

    We can't all be wrong Shelly, you are living in cloud cuckoo land.
  • edited October 2016
    @Alethia - you are expert in immi, I am a local but I think we know what we are talking about. She thinks Tunisia is a beautiful country looool!!! She doesn't live here, never been here but I'm sure she is right yes? I wish her good luck.............and @ShellyCherif just for your info we spell it 'inchaAllah' and we speak a dialect mixed with French. Better start learning 'cos there's nothing worse than not knowing what they are talking about in front of you (and they will believe me)
  • I will interfere in this thread just to tell that yes Tunisia is a beautiful country but what we are going through is making the country ,the government and some of the people very bad
    yes in my country there are lots of suckers and bad guys but also there are more of people having good hearts..
    Just an advice for the foreigners who are in relationship with Tunisian guy.. If it's online relationship please don't go far in it and believe lesley and the experts.
    In case you met the guy abroad not in Tunisia and he already has good job out of Tunisia, just follow your heart because what the guys are looking for he has already , the visa for European country, the Job and the money...
    Best of luck and Love for all
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