Findlay, OH asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Ohio

Q: I was legally married in Japan. Do I need an American marriage certificate?

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Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: As long as your marriage and marriage certificate is valid in Japan, your Japanese marriage certificate is fine for USA immigration purposes . Make sure to have the original and submit a Certified copy of the original document along with a translation (including certification of translation). Best wishes!

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Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: No, that Japanese marriage is likely valid, unless you’re somehow related, but you will need a suitable translation and acceptable attestation from the translator.

The process of petitioning and removing the condition in marriage based matters can get complicated. It’s best to seek assistance from a competent and experienced immigration attorney before there are any complications. Good luck.

The above is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL

A: No.

Once you obtain, translated and notarize the made translation in the United States or Japan that document is suitable for all purposes in the United States to prove up your marital status.

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Kyndra L Mulder
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Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: No. Provided you meet all other requirements for a lawful marriage the USA will recognize your marriage.

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