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[quote=CHRISTINE,387305]• Typically, the next step is to have the affidavit notarised according to the law of the local jurisdiction. This includes signing the document and having it witnessed by a ’notary public’ or an equivalent in your legal system. However, in some jurisdictions there can be extra steps. In the USA you must send the notarised affidavit to the Secretary of the State Office of the state in which it was executed although in some states you must first send it to the notary public's county clerk. In Australia, in cases where a person cannot obtain a No Record Of Marriage (Single Status) Certificate they can obtain a form called a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – in essence it is a structured affidavit or 'statutory declaration’. Even just considering two countries we can see there are many variations on the basic idea. In Canada and Britain the requirements are similar to what has been described here. Clearly, you will have to check exactly what the requirements are for where you live. Remember that in many countries a certificate of single status is not part of its system, so you use the general purpose affidavit or swearing on oath. If you are not truthful, you are breaking the law where you made the affidavit, and you will probably break the heart of your loved one when you are found guilty of bigamy! • You must complete the Application for Authentication of Notarisation form at the local Chinese Consulate and submit it to them for authentication. You must submit it with the legal document from overseas (typically, the notarised affidavit) and pay the fee just as if you are applying for a visa. The handling time is also like visas, normally four working days but for an extra fee it can be processed quicker. 2. The hukou 户口is the family book which records all important family matters and importantly the holder’s official place of residence. It is not always easy for Chinese to transfer this to the new city so it is quite common that a Chinese is considered a non-resident of the municipality and you will probably have to go to her or his registered city. However, there are some reports that couples have married locally and simply had to attend at a different section of the local office. 3. You will probably need to make an appointment for the marriage in advance, but if you are arriving from overseas and in a hurry, the Chinese partner can do this before you arrive. It is reported that some offices require the application to be lodged 21 days in advanced. [/quote]
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