Civil marriage: Indian & Foreigner in India: Notice of Intended Marriage 122


We would be married under the Special Marriage Act (1954), this form of marriage allows Indians from different religions or Indians and foreigners to get married

We got married and now we need to get ourselves a civil marriage and a marriage certificate. One good reason for this is that I am currently in India on a tourist visa which will only last six months so I need to get a long-term visa (and eventually a OCIΒ card two years later).

How does a foreigner marry an Indian in India?

We would be married under the Special Marriage Act (1954), this form of marriage allows Indians from different religions or Indians and foreigners to get married (but aren’t all marriages supposed to be special). There are also different marriage acts for different religions, the Hindu Marriage Act (1955) for example. Under the Hindu Marriage Act (1955), marriages can be dissolved if one of the pair develops an incurable form of leprosy or if one day one of them decides to renounce the world.

I arrived in India with my full birth certificate, my passport (obviously) and proof of my address (my provisional drivers license- British passports do not state the address so it was lucky I had it). My husband also needed his passport, birth certificate and a proof of address. We both had to have passport sized photographs made, without any prior warning, I cringe when I see mine.

First thing we had to do was go to see a lawyer to make an affidavit. This had to be made because neither of my parents were there to ‘give me away’, the affidavit confirmed that I was willing to marry my husband (it seemed a little strange, but something we had to do).

Three witnesses were needed; our lawyer, my husbands best friend and my mother-in-law were our witnesses. We made lots of trips to the xerox (otherwise known as photocopy) shop, we had to have copies of all our documents and the documents (passport and proof of address) of the witnesses.

All five of us then went to the registry office. It was a beautiful but unusual place, people were typing on old fashioned typewriters and offices were in the open air, outside a grand(ish) British built building. I had the usual confused looks from passersby. The registry office itself was packed full of people registering all matter of things from the purchase of a car to a birth of a baby, everyone kept asking why I was there.

Piles and piles of ancient looking paper, slowly degrading, were stacked behind the registrars and falling out of cupboards. Years and years of records were in that room, I wondered how many years exactly. I sat and looked at them for ages, it was really busy so it took a long time.

After signing three copies of the notice we had our photocopies verified against our documents and we were then ready to submit our notice.

After all documents were signed and verified, we had to confirm our names and addresses to the registrar.Β It was quite funny, she asked us if this type of marriage has ever occurred before. She did not ask to see a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’ (UK version of a single status affidavit), she saidΒ because it states I am a ‘Miss’ in my passport, so it is fine… I think other registry offices in India may not be as relaxed about it as they were in Nagpur.

 

Our notice then sat in the registry office for 30 days, thankfully no one objected to our legal union. We returned to the registry office and became husband and wife… again. It was quite a surreal moment and not how I pictured I would be saying those vows.

Summary of documents required for a civil marriage in India between a foreigner and Indian:

  • Full birth certificate
  • Passport
  • The foreign party will need a visa for more than 30 days (we got married whilst I was on a 6 month Tourist visa)
  • Proof of address
  • Certificate of No Impediment/Single Status Affidavit
  • Passport sized photographs

Of course, this may vary from court to court so don’t take this list as gospel, I would suggest contacting a local lawyer to advise you on what you will need to avoid your marriage being denied.

Part 2: Our civil marriage ceremony.


About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


122 thoughts on “Civil marriage: Indian & Foreigner in India: Notice of Intended Marriage

  • Keaton

    Congrats on completing another step to what would be a happy and everlasting love marriage. You do look scary in that pic! Were you angry at the photographer or something? haha
    See you

      • ananthakrishnan

        hi Lauren i am ananth…i am really happy for your effort and patience that you have gone though to get married to your man and may god bless with a cute baby that you are awaiting i know how much you are excited..i would like to get married to my girl friend she is Thai i would like to get your support and help by knowing the legal proceedings

      • Jamaica

        Hi Lauren,

        Do you know if the ETV or electronic online visa (1 month validity) can be extended? We are waiting for the marriage certificate. Apparently, we need to wait for 30 days for the registration. Only after then can we secure the marriage certificate. Hope to hear from you.

      • Bashir

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      • Bashir

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  • thelosperspective

    For all the effort, steps, and sacrifice you have made to make this marriage be official, you truly love this man. πŸ™‚ It is always good to see these examples, because they serve as a guide for those who seek understanding what devotion is.

  • Christina Dunya

    You should write a book about your life in India πŸ™‚ You’re very gifted with words πŸ™‚ I enjoyed your descriptions from that dusty reception room.

  • Dasi

    Congratulations! It is very interesting how people go about getting married these days. I’ve been to a fair few western weddings but never an East Indian one. I am very excited to see pics from your wedding in April. I’m sure you are having lots to do preparing. πŸ™‚

  • Gaurab

    One of my cousins had it the other way, they were married officially but not with the rituals and none of the relatives accepted it till they performed the marriage according to the rituals πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ Congrats again πŸ™‚

  • Nicola

    Hi again Lauren,

    I’ve got a question I really want to ask you, but it doesn’t relate specifically to this post. I hope you don’t mind….. I would be interested to know what made you decide to start blogging. I appreciate that your situation, relocating to India to live with your husband and embarking on a new life, is interesting to others, and that could be described as a reason in itself. And I know lots of people blog these days. But you are particularly open about your feelings, almost baring your soul at times (I Will Smile Again, Nov 29th). I admire your ability to be so honest and open, but I am aware, when I read the very personal stuff, that literally anyone could be reading it too, and I wonder if it makes you vulnerable, putting that out there.

    I hope you don’t mind me asking you this.

    Best regards,

    Nicola

    • stockdalewolfe

      Sometimes one has to make oneself vulnerable to make a contribution to society. I, and others, admire Lauren’s openness and honesty. Life is full of greys– not all happiness or all despair. Lauren gives us a realistic view of many interesting aspects of an intercultural marriage and I think that is both admirable and educational.

      • Nicola

        Hi Stockdalewolfe,
        I couldn’t agree with you more. As I stated in my original comment, I admire Lauren’s ability to be so open and honest. My comment was not a criticism. I also understand what you mean about sometimes having to make oneself vulnerable to make a contribution to society, certainly with regard to artistic endeavour. I was referring to vulnerability of a different kind…..There is another blogger – a British or American woman who is also married to an Indian man and lives in India. She blogs under a pseudonym (Ophelia), doesn’t reveal which city she lives in, and blanks out her face in photos. I wondered why…. until I read the bit where she explained that she has had a stalker, and she won’t reveal her identity for fear of her stalker finding her via her blog. I know a bit about stalkers, be they sexual predators or those who have become obsessed with someone with whom they over-identify, and the internet is like a playground and sweetshop rolled into one for those people. When I see blogs written by women who are young and attractive, and which include photographs of themselves, and a facility whereby anyone can write her a message and she will write back, I do worry. I wish one didn’t have to think about these things in life, but they are there.

        • stockdalewolfe

          Oh, I had no idea. Though people practically put their underwear up on Facebook and other social media. There are always stalkers but perhaps you have a good point.

          On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:52 PM, English Wife, Indian Life wrote:

          > Nicola commented: “Hi Stockdalewolfe, I couldn’t agree with you more. > As I stated in my original comment, I admire Lauren’s ability to be so open > and honest. My comment was not a criticism. I also understand what you mean > about sometimes having to make oneself vulnerab” >

      • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

        Hi Ellen,

        I hope you are well! I think that you and I are alike in the respect we express ourselves better through writing than in social situations and this writing helps us as well as others!

        I think the girls posing in underwear are maybe more at risk of stalkers. They also also just expressing themselves in their way though, I guess!

        Take care x

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

      Hi Nicola,

      I hope you are well. I really do not mind questions.

      I started blogging to express myself. I always have so many thoughts and feelings whirling around my mind so I started writing. Soon after that people started to contact me, via email and on comments. People in long distance relationships, intercultural relationships, people with depression and people who just love India. These people could relate to me, for various reasons and were inspired by my posts. So I kept writing.

      Sharing my feelings doesn’t make me feel vulnerable, it makes me feel empowered. Socially, I am an introvert (this has caused a lot of my struggles in India as people like to crowd me) but writing is a great way to express myself without feeling exposed. I feel more vulnerable in social situations than I do bearing my soul on the internet.

      That is just me though, I know others feel differently.

      Sharing my love story has been a privilege because I have been able to show people in online relationships and long distance relationships that their dream can come true. They can be united, I know from my own experience that sometimes the distance feels never ending and I always found comfort in hearing of couples who overcame distance and now wake up together every morning.

      As for the stalkers. People follow me when I walk around India, they take photos of me when I am at a temple or buying fruit with my husband. These people do not even know about my blog. I feel to limit my expression because of something that might happen would be a waste. I don’t think I am particularly stalkable… I go on endlessly about how I love my husband, I don’t think that is particularly attractive to a sexual predator.

      I hope you are well and that has answered your question!! It was a nice question, it made me think a lot!

      Take care,

      Lauren x

      • Nicola

        Hi Lauren,

        Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and interesting reply, I really do appreciate it. And I am really glad to hear that you gain a feeling of strength from your writing.

        The whole world of blogging is very new to me – until a couple of months ago I’d never read a blog. I find it really interesting to observe the interaction between yourself and those who read and comment on what you write. To see that there is a little community of people who comment regularly, who evidently care about you as a person, and feel a sense of connection with you, even though they have never met you. For myself, when I logged on and saw your recent post about getting a marriage certificate, I found myself thinking ooohhh, the wedding ceremony is really soon now, I wonder how Lauren is feeling!! And I know that others who are looking at the blog will be feeling a sense of excitement for you and rooting for you at the same time. (Y’see, I can see the positive and delightful side of this blogging malarkey… I’m not totally preoccupied by thoughts of crazed would-be stalkers loitering behind every keyboard!!)

        I, myself, used to be a journalist (news reporter and feature writer), but this was in the 1980s and 1990s, before online versions of publications existed. So, essentially, it was broadcasting via print, a one-way process, without any facility for readers to comment on what had been written (other than the letters page, but that offered limited scope and lacked immediacy). And, as a reporter, I was telling other people’s stories rather than my own, so readers did not build up a sense of ‘knowing’ me as a person. My name would appear as the by-line, but that would be it. This is why, I suppose, I now find the phenomenon of internet blogging so intriguing. And, of course, as there are so many blogs out there, we are drawn to those which come from a particular perspective either that we can identify with in some way, or that offers us an insight into a world that is completely different to our own. We all have our reasons for having found our way to your page. (Mine? I spent time in India in 2011 and I fantasize about living there…. also I have lived in another country where I did not speak the language and where I was in an intercultural relationship.)

        ….Changing the subject completely, I am curious to know whether your husband has siblings? I know you live with your in-laws, but we only hear mention of your mother-in-law. Does your father-in-law speak English? Do you have sisters-in-law? How many of you live in the household together? It feels a bit impertinent to be asking you all these questions, but I find your situation really interesting…. and as you wrote that you really do not mind questions, I am taking you at your word here!

        Wishing you all the very best with all the preparations for your forthcoming wedding, and thank you so much for allowing us all to experience life in India vicariously through your experiences.

        Warm regards,

        Nicola x

        Ps. Apologies for having semi-hijacked your page with so much text!

        • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

          Dear Nicola,

          The funny thing is, when I read your previous comment to me I thought to myself ‘wow, she asks questions like a journalist’. Just look at that, you were one! What do you do now?

          Internet blogging is great, people are also now self publishing books and ebooks. I guess nowadays it is much easier to get your voice out there and find a community who supports you. Which is amazing!!

          Which country did you live? You must be able to relate to some of my posts as well then! That is great!

          My husband is an only child and so it is just us and my in-laws living here. Although there are usually far more people in the house.

          I am so happy you enjoy my blog! Have you ever considered blogging youself?

          I hope you are well!

          Take care

          Lauren xx

      • Sandeeep Aggarwal

        Hi Lauren…Can you please tell me something about your husband and your love story on internet…hope you will not mind πŸ™‚

  • pilarpotts

    Congratulations! but what happened with you picture?? but darling you look like a criminal in that picture? did they tell you not to smile? your husband is smiling πŸ™‚ other than that I am glad you are achieving your goals!!!

  • Gopal Sekhar

    Hi, it so greate to see your new post, Yes it true that we have very large procedure for everything, but if you look at film in India, they say different story, it seem in film you can marry in one day, but it is not true in reality. What is the procedure of marriage I uk and also do you plan to apply for Indian citizenship in future, have nice day. What happend to your photo .

    Gopal

      • lenny

        Hi lauren
        Am lenny, am.Indonesian my bf from Hyderabad and we meet in social media , we spend time together already 3 years and we love each other, i have plan to come india next year for our merried, please tell me its difficult or not to registration merried in.india, thanks Lauren

        • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

          Hi Lenny,
          Congrats.
          I have written my experiences in this post and the next. I hope they help. I suggest contacting a lawyer for any further information. This helped us!
          Take care

  • Karoliina

    Congratulations Lauren! Thank you so much for this post. It was very helpfull for me, as I’ve been wondering how will this “real marriage” happen. We are also about to go and sign our papers next week. I’m very nervous if something gets wrong. Luckily we also hired a lawyer to help us in the process, so I guess averything should be alright. Remember, if you want to legalize the marriage in England, you have to visit your embassy with your marriage sertificate (I guess you knew this already). I’m thrilled to hear about your wedding! It’s nice to be able to share someone elses experiences, because we cant celebrate in India, we have to keep this as a secret.

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

      Dear Karoliina,

      Thank you so much for reading!! Wishing you all the luck in the word for your civil marriage!! I was also worried that something would go wrong but it didn’t, you will be okay!

      I am sure the lawyer has covered everything!! Sorry you are unable to celebrate in India, I hope that one day you will be able to,

      Good luck and best wishes!!

      Lauren x

  • Magdalena Rogulska-Pai

    Congratulations πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to legalize your marriage in UK now otherwise you are still unmarried there. Process of changing tourist visa into x visa from India is extremely painfull and long. People stay for months without visa as it is still not ready. I decided to do both from my home country. I legalized the marriage and applied for entry visa from Poland and then went back to India again. It was also a great holidays as my husband went with me. He could meet all my family and friends and see places from where I come from πŸ™‚

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

      Thank you so much, Magdalena!
      Yes, we will go soon. We have just started the dreaded x-visa process. My husband has work commitments and I am never leaving his side again so I am staying in India during the process.

      Hoping to go to the UK for Christmas though! πŸ˜€
      I hope you and your husband are well!! x

  • Melissa

    Hi Lauren,

    So happy for you and your husband on your Civil Ceremony. Thanks for sharing the details of this with us. I had a question regarding the men standing at the registry, why were these men standing in a line there? What purpose did they have with your ceremony? Is getting your X visa a long process? You are such a sweet person and wish you and your husband the best.

    take care,

    Melissa

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

      Dear Melissa,

      Thank you so much!!

      Those men were just random men passing by the registry office, they just stopped to stare at me and simply formed a line (a bit like an audience).

      I am just starting the X visa process, getting an appointment with the chief of police this week to register. I am currently on a tourist visa, I have a couple more months on it so should get my X-visa sorted out in time.

      Thank you soooo much for your kind words!! They mean a lot to me! πŸ˜€

      Lots of love

      Lauren x

  • Nicola

    Hi Lauren and hi Ellen Stockdalewolfe,

    There was no ‘reply’ icon for me to put this in the right place – it follows on from the conversation we had about blogging, vulnerability and stalking. In case you’re interested to read it, the posting I referred to by another blogger is on the website ‘Loving an Indian’ and the posting is entitled “Another White Woman stalked by an Indian Man – Why I Write under a Pseudonym”, posted on 16th June 2013. I found it, and the comments that follow, very enlightening.

    Best wishes to you both,

    Nicola x

  • Musaddiq Ali

    Hi Lauren, I stumbled upon your blog just a few days ago and since then I had been hooked to your blog and have read almost all your blog posts and I must say I loved it so much. In fact I feel reading your blog is better than watching a romantic movie, because you pay so much attention to detail in your writings and unlike a movie everything in your blog about the events in your life has actually happened.
    It amazes me to know how deeply you love your husband who is from a different country and a totally different culture, and how amazingly and enthusiastically you adopted your husband’s culture (I think very few people would be able to do that).
    In the 2nd pic of this post, you had a copy of your marriage certificate where both of your PP sized photographs can be seen, your husband was smiling where as when I saw your photograph on it, I wondered why you were not smiling ? But then I laughed when you said “I cringe when I see mine.”
    BTW congratulations for your marriage, I feel both of you are lucky to have each other.
    And let me introduce myself, I am Musaddiq Ali living in Bangalore, originally from Assam.

    • Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)

      Dear Musaddiq Ali,

      Thank you so so so much for your kind words!! Your comment made me smile SO much!!! Encouragement like this is overwhelming! Thank you again.

      Ha, in England we are told not to smile in such photographs, passports and everything are quite strict on this so it is a habit I have, not to smile for these photos. It is an awful photograph, I admit it!

      I hope you are well in Bangalore!! Thank you so much for reading, God bless

      Lauren

  • kaya

    Hi,
    Me and my botfriend we are planning to get marry here. He is from the UK and I am an Indian.

    Do you or he as a foreigner have to stay for some days before you give the notice? like 30 days? Can I give the notice and then he comes just before the date and we get married?

    Thank you!

  • Hilary no tabi

    Hi! I finally got around to reading this post and commenting. There are some similarities with my marriages in Japan. I always giggle at the permission slip I had to get from the Canadian embassy to prove I was sane enough to marry. πŸ˜€ I’m glad to hear another country does the same. All the paperwork, stamping, comparing, and photocopying amongst a cluttered office filled with decaying paper sounds on point. Thanks for posting!

  • Mons G.

    hi Lauren, hope u r fine πŸ™‚ happy married life!! …
    i have a question, my boyfriend and I want to get married in India as well (he is indian) so IΒ΄m gathering some info about it could u help me please??
    thanks
    kind regards

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Mons,

      I hope that this posted and the the second part of this post helps you!

      If you have another question, please look around my blog, I have written a lot about moving to India.

      If you still have questions, please contact me my agony aunt feature

      Best of luck and congrats on your plan to get married!

      Lauren xx

      • Chinky

        Hi Lauren,

        Good afternoon. I would like to ask questions and seek help from you.

        I am a Filipina (Christian but not religious) with Indian Hindu. We are planning on our marriage. I read on Hindu Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act, etc. but I could not find the answer.

        I came to know that if both parties are Hindu, they can solemnize under Hindu Marriage Act, unless I convert to Hindu, if one is with different religion, then Special Marriage Act will apply.

        My question is

        If we marry using Special Marriage Act, we want the marriage ceremony in Hindu way (Traditional way, Not Christian way) Is this possible?

        Thanks,

        Chinky

      • Sandeeep Aggarwal

        Congrats Lauren !…I liked your words…It is useful to me as well. WISH YOU HAPPY MARRIED LIFE.

  • pankaj bhange

    firstly congrats !! did they publish your marriage notice in news paper or in other way so that anyone can take objection in 30 days?

  • Ramz

    i’m in love with a Mexican girl,we met in Facebook,we would like to be married and thank you so much for sharing this

  • ginu pious

    i want to marry my dear she lives in colombia but its very difficult for us please help me giving some suggetions

  • Debadeep

    Seriously , you look like a zombie in the photo in your marriage certificate!!! Ha ha . But have a great enjoyable married life!!

  • Ibrahim Izah

    Hi lauren , I am nigerian and I study @ india, I fell in love with an indian girl and now we are planning to get married. Pls can u telll me the procedures we need to take to get our marriage cert, I am muslim and she is hindu

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hey Ibrahim,
      This post and the one that follows should describe the process. I suggest finding a lawyer who knows more about this, I only know from my own experience and that experience is above and in the next post.

      Take care

  • Ishant Yadav

    Hello Mam I am happy to read your story. I am from Delhi and my girlfriend is from Spain. We both want to marry in India though in future we want to live in Spain because climate over here doesn’t suit her nice. So we decided now to marry here. But we need assistance as I don’t know anything but after reading your blog I have a clear idea about it.
    Thank you for sharing
    With regards
    Ishant Yadav

  • madu

    Hi lauren
    I’m from sri lanka and fall in love with indian boy. so now were going to marry on December
    i need to know all about the process pls.
    before my marriage how long ago i have to enter to the india. and
    do i need to provide Certificate of No Impediment
    my boyfriend from kerala
    so if u can help me to find out more details it ‘ll be great full
    kind regard

  • Anurag Ranjan

    Hi Lauren,

    Read your story…and it was probaly what I was looking for. I am Indian and been in relationship for 5 yrs with my german girlfriend. I am planning to get married here. I live nearby Delhi.
    After marriage I plan to move to germany with her. So as of now, I wanted to know how long does she need to be here on tourist visa?

    I shall wait for your reply.

    Congrats for your beautiful wedding!!!

  • Peter

    Hi. I hope things are going well for you both..
    I was just wondering about the obstacles posed for a non-indian male wanting to marry a hindu female. This girl from Delhi has been told by her parents that they are looking for a potential husband in a small village for an arranged marriage. She does not wish to be married to an indian but also does not wish to disappoint her family or hindu tradition in case she “brings shame” to her family.
    She is deeply unhappy with her situation.
    We have been together online for several months now, she would dearly like to come to my country to be with me.. Any advice?
    Thanks.

  • Rajesh

    Hi Lauren,

    This article is very informative.

    After the marriage certificate is issued, could you kindly elaborate on converting from tourist visa to something permanent to remain in the country?

    My girlfriend and I are planning on getting married soon and I am researching on the process of converting her tourist visa status to remain here on permanent basis.

    Stumbled across your blog in my research.

    Any insights into the visa process will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Vinod

    Congrats Lauren. Hope you are happy.
    Met the girl online 4 years ago and I’m marrying a Tajikistan girl in Dec 2016. I will be going to Tajikistan on tourist visa, will be getting married to her traditionally and legally in her country. Then come back with my wife( on Tourist visa) to India. Apply for PIO (Marriage certificate in India) for her to be an Indian citizen. Now is doing legal marriage in Tajikistan pointless bcoz we will be living in India ? Also what documents will we need in both countries for legal marriage certificate ( to the best your knowledge) ?
    Would be a great help. Thanks in advance!

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Hi Vinod,
      Congrats.
      I’m not sure but PIO doesn’t exist anymore more. You have to get an entry (X) visa for 2 years and then you can apply for OCI. Please consult your FRO more for information
      Take care

  • Deb

    Hi…please reply if possible…. I need to know few things from you. Can my future wife who is from Belarus change her surname during registration of marriage? She insists to change it. After marriage… How to extend her visa time limit ?

  • Arun Kumar

    Hello Lauren,

    Thanks for posting the story of your ‘SPECIAL’ marriage. πŸ™‚

    Reading the procedures here is more reassuring than hearing it from the guys at the marriage registrar’s office in India. So, I am Indian and I got engaged to a French woman in January this year. Now, we are planning to have a civil marriage done in India first, and a marriage according to rituals, perhaps later this year. I went to the marriage registrar’s office this morning in the city where I live, luckily it is just 100 metres from my house ;P, and I was told the same about the procedures; however, they seemed to have missed the point about the affidavit πŸ™ I hope I don’t need to have a lawyer, not just for an affidavit.

    Thanks again for sharing your story, it’s really motivating. πŸ™‚

    Wish you a very blissful married life.

    Best regards,

    Arun Kumar

  • wasif

    wow such romantic one,, Actually i am having same situation as u guys were ,,,having affairs with girl from hong kong but i know our india system its easy but people who work they make so complicated so i m just worried about that hope we will have same smooth life as u guys .

  • Jamaica

    Hi Lauren. Your blog is of so much help. I am also a foreigner who will be getting married to an Indian guy. Though I have a question about the VISA. I will be on a 6 month tourist VISA, however I am hoping to stay in India for more than 6 months. So, what should be done? Ive read that tourist VISA in India is non – convertible nor can be extended. Hope to hear from you.

  • ppp

    am getting married to a belgian person can you please let me know about the procedure in detail i would be really thankful

  • Veronika Vicheva

    Dear Lauren, i was wondering did you mention at the tourist visa interview that you are going to marryin India. I’ll be going for an indian tourist visa interview soon, because i am also getting married to my indian boyfriend, but not sure if i should tell this to the visa officer.

  • Ana

    Lauren congrats on your wedding plus on the new arrived family member. Your story is very similar to mine, I too fell in love throught internet, taken 1 way ticket to India…but didnt got maried, not yet we are on process of doing it so. I would like to ask you which proof of address you had to provide in India. Whether I can use my Indian rental aggreement which is in my name or it has to be a proof of address of my country? To be honest Im really excited to get maried, but just thinking of the rush and hassle in the registration office gives me nightmares. God Bless your family πŸ™‚

    • Lauren Mokasdar Post author

      Thank you so much, Ana! Congrats to you πŸ™‚
      I really can’t remember, I think my UK driving license. If you contact a lawyer in India, s/he will be able to tell you for sure πŸ™‚
      I hope everything goes smoothly! xx

  • Marcella calzado

    was your birth certificate submitted a more recent one printed. does that matter at all when filing the paperwork?

  • AVINASH

    Congratulations LAUREN . God bless you and Always be happy and keep smiling.
    I really get motivated by your story and now I have hope for my marriage with my girlfriend who is from USA. I would like to know about the visa and the process u followed to get married. Plz help me out with it. I’ll be highly obliged .
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  • S Bali

    First of all, I wish you a happy married life, Lauren. I am an Indian boy. I want to marry a Serbian lady. She is elder than me. We both fall in love. I read about the process of our Marriage act 1954. Thank you for your nice information. I have few query. First of all. Does she need any no objection letter from her parents? and if she did not get from them what to do? Second, she is professional Homeopath and a great Doctor. She wrote many books and published case in a journal. she wishes to open a clinic here in India and cure people, can she do that? or what to do. Looking forward your reply.

  • Prashant

    Hi Lauren. Thank you for your words of wisdom. I am in love with a Kazak girl. Your advice has made me strong and helped me strengthening my decision in marrying her.

  • Chittaranjan Sardar

    Nasate Bhabi Ji!

    I am an Indian planning to marry a Non-Indian, we found your articles very very helpful. Specially to change the idea about Indian & Indian cultures to my will be in-laws.
    Thank You Very Much

  • LRS

    Question: Can I as a foreigner marry an Indian man in India in a Religious Ceremony? β€” I see online that it seems to state that you can under the Hindu Marriage Act but it will be a Christian wedding and it doesn’t state those specifics on the US Consulate in India Website. How many days do you need to be in the country to have such a marriage? We desire and want to do it the honest, right way… how long were you in India once you guys took those steps towards officially getting married? I do have to go back home for a while to take care of some final things before I come back to my husband to live in India but so many questions and not enough connections to get clear, honest answers. Your help/knowledge/experience would greatly be appreciated…

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