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Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

Hi Everybody,

I'm looking for some help regarding getting a certificate of no impediment to marriage. This is NOT currently for the purpose of marriage but registering my civil status as Ledig in Switzerland to start the application for a Swiss Passport. I'm a British national living here since 2007.

Has anybody been through this process? I also have get a Certified copy of an entry of birth.

I looked online at booking an appointment in the British Embassy in Bern as I contacted my local registry office in Britain and they told me they wouldn't issue a certificate of no impediment unless it was for marriage.
Does anybody know if the British Embassy in Bern issues one? What will I need to bring? I have a copy of my birth certificate but I don't know what I need to prove that I'm not yet married. Or, can I go to a registry office here in Zürich to get one?

I found a very old thread on the subject but I didn't find the answers I needed, it would be a great help if anybody has been through the process of applying for a Swiss passport to let me know what they had to do because i feel like I've already stumbled at the first hurdle!

Thanks very much!
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Old 17.09.2018, 20:03
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Re: Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

My daughters needed such when the applied for citizenship. The British Embassy will sort you out.
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My daughters needed such when the applied for citizenship. The British Embassy will sort you out.
They wouldn’t when my son needed one for his citizenship application last year, they told me they don’t issue them for that purpose any more.
He went to the local notary and signed a statement which was accepted by the naturalisation office here.

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Re: Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

What did that statement say, please, Belgianmum? Did your son simply state, in his own words, that it was the true truth that he wasn't married, and get the notary's stamp of authority? Or was there more to it, to have the Swiss naturalisation office accept it? Thanks.
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They wouldn’t when my son needed one for his citizenship application last year, they told me they don’t issue them for that purpose any more.
My daughters had their's done in 2017. Oh well.
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My daughters needed such when the applied for citizenship. The British Embassy will sort you out.
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They wouldn’t when my son needed one for his citizenship application last year, they told me they don’t issue them for that purpose any more.
He went to the local notary and signed a statement which was accepted by the naturalisation office here.
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My daughters had their's done in 2017. Oh well.

This was in November 2017 so they had obviously changed the rules in the meantime. They said that they only do it if there is no other alternative and obviously in this case a quick visit to the notary is easier and cheaper than getting it done at the embassy.

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What did that statement say, please, Belgianmum? Did your son simply state, in his own words, that it was the true truth that he wasn't married, and get the notary's stamp of authority? Or was there more to it, to have the Swiss naturalisation office accept it? Thanks.
It said something along the lines of “I hereby declare in the presence of ______ (name) notary in the canton of Neuchâtel that I am not, nor have I ever been married.”
Then he signed it in the presence of the notary and the notary signed it and stamped it. It cost 20chf I believe.

It was all in French of course so that is his translated version of the actual words but I got the impression that it was a pretty standard wording that they use often as there are many reasons why somebody may need such a document in Switzerland.

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Re: Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

I needed one for my daughter last year.
  • Went to the Indian Embassy, where they had a ready form as an affidavit to be signed by daughter.
  • It was a self declaration of not being married, to be signed in the presence of a designated embassy officer.
  • After two days I collected the stamped certificate, which was submitted to the naturalisation office.

Cost was 20 CHf or so...
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Re: Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

It is a bit of a strange request when you think about it.
You can get married in any country and this would not necessarilly be registered in the UK.
When I got my Swiss citizenship I had already got married in the Stadthaus and just provided a divorce certificate from the first UK marriage - so it was easy. But who was to know if I had been married in the middle in Africa or Asia?
It is good that they just accept your word with a Notar. Money talks.

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Old 18.09.2018, 21:39
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This was in November 2017 so they had obviously changed the rules in the meantime. They said that they only do it if there is no other alternative and obviously in this case a quick visit to the notary is easier and cheaper than getting it done at the embassy.
I was thinking. Oh well. Good to know for when my wife and I put our applications in.
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I was thinking. Oh well. Good to know for when my wife and I put our applications in.
If you married outside Switzerland you will need a certified (less than six months old) copy of the marriage certificate. We got ours online. Same place as the birth certificate.
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If you married outside Switzerland you will need a certified (less than six months old) copy of the marriage certificate. We got ours online. Same place as the birth certificate.
Yes... Never mind!
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Re: Certificate of no impediment to marriage: Who issues this in Switzerland?

Hi, can I ask how you solved this as I now need to do exactly the same thing and am a bit lost! Thanks!


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Hi Everybody,

I'm looking for some help regarding getting a certificate of no impediment to marriage. This is NOT currently for the purpose of marriage but registering my civil status as Ledig in Switzerland to start the application for a Swiss Passport. I'm a British national living here since 2007.

Has anybody been through this process? I also have get a Certified copy of an entry of birth.

I looked online at booking an appointment in the British Embassy in Bern as I contacted my local registry office in Britain and they told me they wouldn't issue a certificate of no impediment unless it was for marriage.
Does anybody know if the British Embassy in Bern issues one? What will I need to bring? I have a copy of my birth certificate but I don't know what I need to prove that I'm not yet married. Or, can I go to a registry office here in Zürich to get one?

I found a very old thread on the subject but I didn't find the answers I needed, it would be a great help if anybody has been through the process of applying for a Swiss passport to let me know what they had to do because i feel like I've already stumbled at the first hurdle!

Thanks very much!
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Hi, can I ask how you solved this as I now need to do exactly the same thing and am a bit lost! Thanks!
1 ) Print this:
https://assets.publishing.service.go...vil_Status.pdf

2) (Optional) Ask the Swiss authority if an affidavit about ones civil status can be done at any Swiss notary public or if it must be done at the British embassy in Bern.

3a) make an appointment with the British embassy for an affidavit, go to said appointment, and declare under oath your current civil status. Cost is £ 50.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notarial...in-switzerland

3b) Make an appointment with a Swiss notary public. Wich might be cheaper and faster than through the embassy.

4) Submit affidavit and the document from 1) to the Swiss authoroties.
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Getting a Certificate of No Impediment to Marry??

Hi all

I've trawled the UK.GOV website, and can't find how to get the above certificate? Does anyone here know how? It seems easier to prove you're divorced 😂

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Hi all

I've trawled the UK.GOV website, and can't find how to get the above certificate? Does anyone here know how? It seems easier to prove you're divorced 😂

TIA 🥰
Hi JJJ,

I've merged your post into another thread that has some helpful info for you.
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Hi all

I've trawled the UK.GOV website, and can't find how to get the above certificate? Does anyone here know how? It seems easier to prove you're divorced 😂

TIA 🥰
All I can tell you in the case of Ireland is that there is no such authority issuing such certificates. I contacted the Irish embassy in Bern and it turned out they had document to fit the requirements. A visit to the embassy and I had an official looking document in Gaelic issued under the seal of the ambassador and a German translation. That solved the problem for me thirty years ago.

I’d suggest giving your embassy a call. They are bound to have encountered the problem before and already have a solution for it.
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