How Hong Kong Citizens Can Legally Marry in Italy

How Hong Kong Citizens Can Legally Marry in Italy

Civil marriage in Bolzano

Get your paperwork to legally marry in Italy as a Hong Kong citizen

As legal Counselors and Lawyers, we have been legal consultants for the Italian foreign offices! This experience allowed us to gain deep expertise in foreign affairs.

For Hong Kong citizens planning to marry in Italy, understanding the legal and bureaucratic requirements is crucial for ensuring that the marriage is recognized both in Italy and internationally. This article provides a clear breakdown of the necessary steps and documentation required to marry in Italy legally.

Step 1: Document Preparation

Proper documentation is essential for Hong Kong citizens to marry in Italy. Here are the documents you will need:

  1. Passports: Originals and photocopies are required to prove identity and residency status.
  2. Birth Certificates: Both parties must provide a notarized authentication of their birth certificates. Double authentication is strongly recommended.
  3. Proof of Marital Status: Depending on your current marital status, different documents are required:
  • Single: A notarized declaration confirming you are unmarried.
  • Divorced: An authenticated original divorce decree.
  • Widowed: A marriage certificate and an authenticated copy of the deceased spouse’s death certificate.

For Hong Kong citizens who registered as residents in Italy before turning 18 or were born in Italy, additional documents such as a national or Italian authenticated birth certificate might be required.

Step 2: Obtaining the ‘Nulla Osta’

The ‘Nulla Osta’ is an essential declaration issued by the Chinese authorities in Italy stating there are no legal impediments to the marriage.

Step 3: Civil Ceremony Arrangements

The civil ceremony in Italy is legally binding and must be performed by a civil registrar.

Appointment: We will book an appointment for the declaration of no impediments, which is required for foreign citizens who are not residents in Italy. The civil wedding will occur either the day after or a few days later, depending on the availability of the town hall clerks.

Interpreter: If neither party speaks Italian, the presence of an interpreter is required during both the declaration of no impediments and the civil wedding ceremony.

Step 4: Registration of the Marriage

Post-ceremony, the marriage must be officially registered at the local Italian municipality where the ceremony took place.

Marriage Certificate: We will request a marriage certificate from the civil registrar of the municipality where the marriage occurred.

International Recognition: To ensure your marriage is recognized in Hong Kong, the Italian marriage certificate must be translated and legalized. This service can be facilitated by the Chinese consulate in Italy.

Chinese bride and Italian groom getting married in the Dolomites.

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Legal counselors for civil wedding in Italy

Your dream Italian wedding should be about love and celebration, not paperwork and legal hurdles. With our consultancy’s support, you’re just a step away from an enchanting Italian marriage without the hassle of traditional requirements.

Due to our experience in law firms and the foreign offices of the Italian public administration, we gained significant expertise in Consular affairs, and we are trained to solve the most complicated procedure such as:

1) Nulla osta process, legalization procedure, Court hearings for the refusal of the town hall when there documents missing , legal translation, apostille procedure, emergency procedure for legalization.

2) Same-sex couples that want to celebrate a civil union in Italy as in their country the union is forbidden;

3) Couples that come from countries where divorce is not allowed;

4) Legal support for foreigners marrying an Italian citizen to obtain a family visa residence permit;

5) Italians living abroad registered at AIRE that need to recover their document to start the marriage banns in the Italian Consulate;

6) Assistance with people that come from countries that do not release the nulla osta;

7) American and Australian couples who needs assistance with “atto notorio” in an Italian Court or the Italian Consulate in the USA or Australia.

8) People with refugee status who have requested asylum in Italy.

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