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Old 10.01.2020, 15:54
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Re: Registering marriage in Switzerland - confusing!

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Hi all,

Maybe somebody who has married abroad and then registered their marriage in Switzerland can help me.

I'm a Brit, I married my Mexican wife in August this year in Mexico and everything went fine.

We went to the "controle des habitants" to register our marriage but they said we should contact the Swiss embassy in Mexico. We fulfilled everything the Swiss embassy asked but then they said they cannot help us, as neither of us are Swiss.

I've contacted the UK embassy in Mexico in the meantime, but does anybody else have experience in this, or any ideas?

Thanks a lot

Hello, a mexican married with another mexican here.

The rules say that you need present to contrôle des habitants the marriage certificate from Mexico with apostille (notarization for international recognition because 3rd country). The apostille needs to be done in Mexico in the state were the marriage was done. You may delegate this task to someone in Mexico, see the list for apostille offices:

But...I was lucky because someone at contrôle des habitants in Neuchâtel was in a good mood that day and just asked me to highlight with a marker in a copy of the marriage certificate names, last name, birth dates, names of parents, etc. No notarized translation required Then, she input the data on some database and voila!

So, did you presented the marriage certificate to contrôle des habitants and they required a translation or apostille?

I'd guess that the best would be to ask the Mexican embassy in Bern. I'm quite confident this is not the first time this happens
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