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Registering overseas (US) marriage in Basel

Hi everyone! My husband, a Swiss citizen, and I (Malaysian) will be moving to Switzerland shortly. We were married here in the United States several years ago. I was wondering if anyone knows what the procedure is for registering our marriage in Basel. What specific documents will the local authorities ask for? Thank you so much!
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Re: Registering overseas (US) marriage in Basel

I went through this a few years ago with my Swiss husband, and here is what I remember:

You will need to submit the marriage certificate (original or a certified copy, with the seal) to the nearest Swiss consulate to where you were married in the US. We married in St. Louis and the closest embassy was in Chicago, for example.

They will translate the documents and certify them as authentic and then send them to your husband's home town. You will also need a copy of your passports, and, if relevant, any paperwork disclosing former marriages and when they were dissolved, as well as this form:

http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib...gistration.pdf

Once the documents get to your husband's home town, they will send you a new copy of the Family Book, with you included.

instructions here:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...ontentPar_0008

Keep in mind that you won't get any original documents back, so you'll probably want to get a second copy of your marriage certificate (certified-with the seal) from the city hall where you were married. This can take a couple of weeks, so order it asap.
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Re: Registering overseas (US) marriage in Basel

Dear Swiss_in_Training: Thank you so much for your input. Were you in the US when you went through this process? Or were you living in Switzerland?
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Re: Registering overseas (US) marriage in Basel

I was already living in Switzerland on a B permit (job related) with my then-boyfriend and we did a quick wedding in the US (I was pregnant).

Because the documents are in English and are too specific (marriages are performed by each town-so there's no consistent format) you still have to go through the Swiss consulate in the US to have them verified and translated. You don't have to go in person-you can mail your documents to them.
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Thank you so much for the clarification!
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