MARRIAGE IN HONG KONG
Disclaimer: The following information relating to marriage
requirements of specific foreign countries is provided for general information
only and may not be accurate in a particular case. Questions involving
interpretations of specific foreign laws should be addressed to foreign
attorneys or foreign government officials.
The Hong Kong Marriage Ordinance (Chapter 181) governs marriages contracted
in Hong Kong and United States citizens wishing to marry here must comply
with the provisions of this law. There are no residency requirements
for persons wishing to marry in Hong Kong.
At least seventeen days before the marriage is to take place , one
of the parties to the proposed marriage should appear personally before
the Hong Kong Marriage Registration Office to file a Notice of Marriage.
The Marriage Registration Office is located at 3/F, Queensway Government
Offices, Low Block, Hong Kong (tel: 2867-2787). The person filing the
Notice of Marriage must produce his/her passport and a xerox copy of
the vital statistics pages of his/her fiance(e)'s identity documents.
The Notice is valid for three months after its receipt by the Registrar.
After three months, the Notice becomes void and fresh notice must be
given. The Registration Office charges HK$305 (about U.S. $40) to process
a Notice of Marriage application.
After the Notice is filed, 15 "clear" days (17 days including
Sundays) must elapse when persons so authorized by law may file a written
objection to the proposed marriage with the Registrar of Marriages.
If no objection is received by the end of this period, the marriage
may take place.
Children under age 16 may not marry in Hong Kong. Minors (16-21) need
the written consent of their father (or mother if their father is deceased
or incompetent) or legal guardian. Divorced or widowed persons should
produce documentary evidence of their status. Divorced persons must
fill out a supplementary form when filing the Notice of Marriage. They
are also required to show a certified copy of the Court's final divorce
decree sometime before the marriage takes place. Armed forces personnel
must have written permission to marry from the senior overseas area
commander of their particular branch of service. In these cases, registration
of marriage may take up to 6 weeks.
In the event that neither party to the marriage is able to appear personally
to file the Notice of Marriage, the necessary forms including the supplementary
form required of divorced persons, can be obtained by writing the Registrar
of Marriages. These forms must be executed before a Notary Public and
returned to the Registry by registered air mail along with a fee of
HK$305 (which can be a bank draft made payable to the Hong Kong Government).
The marriage can take place no earlier than seventeen days after the
Registrar has received the completed forms. After their arrival in Hong
Kong, the two parties to the marriage must appear in person before the
Registrar and show their identification documents.
Two witnesses are required at the marriage ceremony. Personnel of the
American Consulate General in Hong Kong cannot witness marriages. The
actual ceremony can take place either at a Marriage Registry Office
or in a licensed church. It is not necessary to have both a church and
Registry wedding. At the time the Notice of Marriage is filed, a date
can be arranged for a Registry wedding. On local holidays it may be
difficult to secure and appointment to marry at City Hall but it is
usually possible to arrange for marriage ceremonies at other Registry
offices, particularly in the outlying areas.
At the time of the ceremony, an additional HK$715 (about U.S. $93) on
weekdays and HK$1,935 (about U.S.$251)on Sundays and Saturdays is charged
for the marriage certificate. Extra copies can be obtained for nominal
For additional information, interested persons can write directly to
the Hong Kong Marriage Registration Office, at 3/F, Queensway Government
Offices, Low Block, Hong Kong (tel: 2867-2787). Offices of the Hong
Kong Marriage Registry are listed below.
City Hall Marriage Registry
City Hall, High Block, 1/F
Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry
G/F, Rawlinson House
19 Cotton Tree Drive
Eastern Marriage Registry
11/F, Eastern Law Courts Bldg.
29 Tai On Street, Sai Wan Ho
San Po Kong Marriage Registry
San Po Kong Government Offices, 6/F
692 Prince Edward Road
Tsimshatsui Marriage Registry
Upper Basement & Level 3, Admin. Bldg.
HK Culture Centre, 10 Salisbury Road
Fanling Marriage Registry
2/F, Fanling Government Office Bldg.
3 Pik Fung Road, Fanling
Shatin Marriage Registry
G/F, Shatin Town Hall
1 Yuen Wo Road Shatin
Tsuen Wan Marriage Registry
Units 1-6, G/F, Phase 2
38 Wing Shun Street
Tuen Mun Marriage Registry
1/F, Tuen Mun Government Ofices
1 Tuen Hi Road, Tuen Mum
Yuen Long Marriage Registry
2/F, Yuen Long District Offices Bldg.
269 Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long
AFTER THE MARRIAGE, THE US CITIZEN MAY PETITION THE HONG KONG
SPOUSE FOR A K3 VISA FOR SPOUSE OF US CITIZEN.
ALTERNATIVE TO MARRIAGE ABROAD:
Instead of the above procedures, it is possible to file a K1 visa
petition for an alien to enter the United States as the fiancee of an
American citizen. Thus, enabling the parties to marry in the United
States. Note that this is only possible if you have previously physically
met your fiancee. K1 Visa for fiancee
of American citizen.
To consult a K3 marriage visa attorney, please call us at (626)
279-5341 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. An attorney in our office
would be happy to assist you.