The procedure of marriage in Vietnam is governed by the Decree of the Government stipulating the procedure of marriage, adoption of illegitimate children, adoption of children, and tutorship of children between Vietnamese citizens and foreigners no.184/cp (Promulgated by Decree of the Central Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on November 30, 1994).
VIETNAMESE MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS
Any application for marriage between a citizen of a foreign country and a Vietnamese citizen residing in Ho Chi Minh City should be filed in persons at the Principal Registrar's Office (Justice Department, Ho Chi Minh City).
CERTIFICATE OF NO IMPEDIMENT TO MARRIAGE
Many countries require persons who wish to marry to provide proof issued by a governmental authority that there is no legal impediment to the marriage.
In the absence of a state or national certificate of no impediment to marry, this sworn statement seems to satisfy foreign local requirements.
PROCEDURE OF REGISTERING AND RECOGNIZING MARRIAGE
In registering their marriage, each side must fill in an application for marriage according to the set form. Enclosed with the application are the following papers:
If a foreigner wishes to get married in Vietnam in addition to the documents mentioned above
Within 60 days after receiving the dossier, the provincial People's Committee, the diplomatic or consular office must decide whether or not to register the marriage; if further verification is needed, the time limit may be extended but by not more than 30 days.
In case they refuse to register the marriage, the provincial People's Committee, the diplomatic or consular office must notify in writing the person concerned of their refusal.
The order in registering a marriage in Vietnam is a follows:
Both sides must be present and produce their passport and ID card, or other valid papers as substitutes.
The order in registering a marriage at the diplomatic or consular office is as follows:
Both sides must be present and produce their passports, or other valid papers as substitutes.
RECOGNITION OF MARRIAGE OF VIETNAMESE CITIZEN AND A FOREIGNER
For the marriage of a Vietnamese citizen and a foreigner which has already been organized at the authorized institution of a foreign country, to be recognized in Vietnam, the person concerned residing in Vietnam must fill in an application according to the set form and send it to the provincial People's Committee. The application must be enclosed with the marriage certificate. These papers must be done in two sets and sent to the Juridical Service.
Within 30 days after receiving the dossier and fee, the Juridical Service shall check the dossier and give its suggestion to the provincial People's Committee for decision.
In registering his/her marriage, if the Vietnamese citizen the Law on Marriage and the family of Vietnam and the recognition of the marriage is not at variance with the basic principles of the Law on Marriage and the family of Vietnam, then the Chairman of the provincial People's Committee shall sign the decision of recognition.
Within 7 days after signing the decision, the Juridical Service shall deliver the decision to the person concerned and register it in the Marriage Register unless otherwise requested by the person concerned about the time limit.