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Original documents required

Post by newkidontheblock » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:18 am

Just wanted to update a few things to PSD-Kiwi’s excellent guide on how to marry a Cambodian.

Apparently the local government wants everything in original documents, including the criminal background check. Original means having a raised seal. If what you have doesn’t have a raised seal, your embassy can ‘notarize’ it with a seal which is acceptable. $50 for each document notarized at the US embassy. $100 for the initial eligibility to marry certificate from the US embassy.

Embassy appointments are made online. Need 2 forms of photo ID (passport and driver’s license) and a printout of the appointment, in order to get in.

Photos need to be Cambodian sized. Standard passport photos are too big. Stopping by a local copy shop or having a ruler and scissors handy fixes the problem.

Ministry of foreign affairs prefers three pay check stubs in addition to a letter of minimum income. Check stubs don’t need to be certified. Didn’t have this. Promised to bring it on interview day with the Ministry of Interior. There is a short interview with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the application is submitted.

Going through a fixer. Didn’t actually need to go to Calmette for the marriage certificate, he would provide, but did so just in case. Takes about 24 hours turnaround, price is now $113 for both.

Fixer says that the paperwork is sent to the ministry on Friday and if I waited until Friday, (and changed my flight to Monday) then I could do the interview with the Ministry of Interior at that time. Not happening. Interview on the next trip.
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Re: Original documents required

Post by violet » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:20 am

'cambodian' sized photos? There are many sizes on offer, just like anywhere. Do you mean passport size or the smaller ones?
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Re: Original documents required

Post by Username Taken » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:23 am

violet wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:20 am
'cambodian' sized photos? There are many sizes on offer, just like anywhere. Do you mean passport size or the smaller ones?
Most passport photos are 35mm x 45 mm. Except for US passport photos, they are almost double the size of everywhere else.

That's what he means.

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Re: Original documents required

Post by newkidontheblock » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:24 am

Smaller ones. Passport sized is too large. Had to be cut down to size after arrival. Fortunately there didn’t seem to be the onerous rules that the passport photos have - ie, head must be of specific size, etc.
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Re: Original documents required

Post by violet » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:26 am

Username Taken wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:23 am
violet wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:20 am
'cambodian' sized photos? There are many sizes on offer, just like anywhere. Do you mean passport size or the smaller ones?
Most passport photos are 35mm x 45 mm. Except for US passport photos, they are almost double the size of everywhere else.

That's what he means.

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Nope, seems he meant the small ones, that are smaller than Aus/UK requirements
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Re: Original documents required

Post by PSD-Kiwi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:41 am

Apparently the local government wants everything in original documents, including the criminal background check. Original means having a raised seal. If what you have doesn’t have a raised seal, your embassy can ‘notarize’ it with a seal which is acceptable. 
All documents must be original, and the ones specified must be notarized/certified by your Embassy...that is stated on the list of documentation required which you get from the MoFAIC, and is mentioned in the guide I posted.
Ministry of foreign affairs prefers three pay check stubs in addition to a letter of minimum income. 
MoI don't want to see pay slips...they just want the letter from your employer which confirms your salary.
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