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    Documents needed for marriage

    So I called ZAGS, and they claimed we need to get a consultation to know what documents I need... I thought I just needed my passport and its translation, visa, the certificate thingy that's notarized at my embassy and taken to the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and that's all? Am I missing something here? I'm a US citizen.

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    I did this in St Pete's about 5years ago. I am English. We did have to go to the Zags office and at the time, they booked the wedding date too, so it was worth going. I also needed a Certificate of Non-Impediment. It all had to be notarised too (if in English) and also my visa registration was needed as I was then still living in the UK. It was all quite quick and painless, but here there is abit of hassle outside with a company that supplies wedding stuff and wants you to use/visit their shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    So I called ZAGS, and they claimed we need to get a consultation to know what documents I need... I thought I just needed my passport and its translation, visa, the certificate thingy that's notarized at my embassy and taken to the Ministry of Foreign affairs, and that's all? Am I missing something here? I'm a US citizen.


    http://www.waytorussia.net/Practicalities/Marriage.html

    i did read through it and it explains everything.
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    That should be it. Some ZAGS workers will not like, nor do they know, what an apostille is. If your embassy issues a paper in Russian stating you're not married in the US, then it is a lot better than an apostille. It is important for the paper to state also its validity term, as again, some of them will not like this.
    If you see your papers are in due order and someone at ZAGS happens to be a stickler, choose another day when you'll be able to see someone else, they never have a solid base for opinions on the papers. Check you name is properly written everywhere.

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    if foreigners are involved

    at least in Moscow, since you can use only one ZAGS, the one in Butirsky val, there is not problems with documents. They are used dealing with -foreign- papers and are friendly and helpful.
    We also used their recommendations to do a video, hired a limo there, after all these guys do it every day, they know what to do. and if you get married in a city or village outside these places, by the day you say -yes- all the papers will be in order long before. they are ~not the ~ FMS and try to be helpful and not be a hindrance.
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    The consultation is just a safeguard to make sure all paperwork needed by foreigners is in hand at the ready. They've heard too many sob stories of people showing up to process papers and be lacking something. Just do it with a smile!

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    Went yesterday and everything was perfect. I'll get married on May 5th

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    Went yesterday and everything was perfect. I'll get married on May 5th
    Congratulations!

    Please be aware of name changes and the problems that might ensue if you choose to take your husband's name. Foreign documents in your "old" name, might not be "you". America can deal with it, no problem, but here, registration etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bydand View Post
    Congratulations!

    Please be aware of name changes and the problems that might ensue if you choose to take your husband's name. Foreign documents in your "old" name, might not be "you". America can deal with it, no problem, but here, registration etc...
    Yeah, I plan to change my name after I get back to the States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    Yeah, I plan to change my name after I get back to the States.
    Immediately after you get married you get the chance to take the name of your husband. It will then be written on your marriage certificate, and should you be a Russian, you should go and change all your documents (passport, zagranpassport,...)

    I never understood why women are so eager to take on their husbands` name after marriage. Like if there aren`t enough problems as it is with official gouvernment bodies, that you should add these problems of name-changing.

    My advice is to NOT take on the name of your husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    Yeah, I plan to change my name after I get back to the States.
    I suggest you change it by registration, not just using the marriage certificate as your proof. If you use the marriage certificate, you won't have a document which links your old name to your new one, and that is a problem for the Russian government.

    If he's Ivan Ivanov, the US authorities probably won't let you become Ivanova anyway, so I think you'll have to do it by registration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidB View Post
    I suggest you change it by registration, not just using the marriage certificate as your proof. If you use the marriage certificate, you won't have a document which links your old name to your new one, and that is a problem for the Russian government.
    It is precisely the marriage certificate that links the old name to the new name.
    There is something like `after marriage, they couple takes on the following names ...`

    But still : I advice not to change the name at all, unless you like running around to FMS, ZAGS, ... and similar.
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    I'm under a student visa, so I just don't know how exactly would this work out.

    So I can change my name in my marriage certificate here, then use that to change my name to "Ivanova" in the States? I know it's a pain in the rear, but I never had a good relationship with my father and let's just say I'm eager to get that final piece of his history out of my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    I'm under a student visa, so I just don't know how exactly would this work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyFirefly View Post
    I'm under a student visa, so I just don't know how exactly would this work out.
    Doesn`t matter what kind of visa you have.
    On your wedding certificate, you will have both your names before you are married, and then there will be a phrase `after marriage she takes on the following name, and this is usually the name of the husband`.
    But there is no legal obligation, so I don`t see the point in doing so.
    You are just making things more complicated should you ever want to apply for TRP or so, because then you still will have to write the name you had before marriage.
    Also birth certificate and diplomas and drivers license,... will all be at the name you currently have. Do you really want to go and change that all ?
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