Mixed Married Between British Nationals and Indonesian Nationals

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A MIXED MARRIAGE TO BE PERFORMED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

(for the prospective husband/wife of Indonesian nationality and an Indonesian passport holder who is coming to the United kingdom to get married)

  1. If the prospective Indonesian husband/wife does not as yet possess a valid Indonesian passport, he/she should contact the local/regional Immigration Office in Indonesia where he/she resides and ask about the requirements to apply for an Indonesian passport.
  2. While his/her application for a passport is being processed by the Indonesian Immigration Office, he/she should contact the British Consulate General in Jakarta to enquire about the procedure and the required documents for getting married in the United Kingdom. It is also suggest that the prospective British husband/wife also makes contact with the British Consulate General in Jakarta so that both sides receive the same information.
  3. After being issued with a valid Indonesian passport, then he/she should apply to the British Consulate General in Jakarta for the necessary visa to enter the United Kingdom.
  4. In addition and in order to support his/her visa application at the British Consulate General in Jakarta, it is strongly recommended that his/her prospective British husband/wife, who resides in the United Kingdom also sends an invitation letter of support to the British Consulate General in Jakarta, stating the purpose and duration of the visit, and confirming that the prospective British husband/wife will act as a guarantor whilst the prospective Indonesian husband/wife is living in the United Kingdom.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

(required fora mixed marriage to be performed in the United Kingdom)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THE INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES

  1. The prospective Indonesian husband/wife should contact the Religious Affairs Office (Kantor Urusan Agama) and the Civil Registration Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil) in the area where he/she resides in Indonesia to obtain the information regarding mixed marriages;
  2. Additional documents usually required are:
  1. Letterfrom the Indonesian parents/guardians stating that they have no objection to the marriage;
  2. Letter from the “Kelurahan” (Sub-district Office) in Indonesia in the area where the prospective Indonesian husband/wife resides confirming the status of the individual concerned (single, divorcee, widow, widower, etc.)

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THE BRITISH AUTHORITIES

The prospective British husband/wife should contact not only the British Consulate General in Jakarta but also the local Marriage Registrar Office, Church or Mosque in the United Kingdom in the area where he/she resides or the Marriages Section of the Office of the National Statistics in the United Kingdom to obtain further information.

Marriages Section

Office for National Statistics

Trafalgar Road

Birkdale

Southport PR8 2HH

Tel. 0151-471 4803

Fax. 0151-471 4523

or

British Consulate General

Jalan Imam Bonjol No.80

Deutsche Bank Building, 19th Floor Jakarta Pusat

INDONESIA

Tel. (00-621-21) 390 7484-88

Fax. (00-62-21) 316 0858

 

THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

  1. Marriage certificate (including the copy) should be legalized by a British notary public or solicitor. If the couple return to Indonesia and live there, then they should take the MARRIAGE certificate to the British Consulate General in Jakarta to be legalized and then report the marriage to the Civil Registration Office (Kantor Catatan Sipil) in Indonesia.
  2. Please be informed that the Indonesian Embassy in London cannot and will not legalized a British marriage certificate since it is a document of and issued by the British Government. The Indonesian Embassy can only legalized Indonesian marriage certificates of marriages performed in Indonesia.

 

FOR THE BRITISH HUSBAND:

IF YOUR INDONESIAN WIFE WISH TO BE KNOWN AS YOUR LEGAL WIFE

  1. The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia is not authorized to add your full name or any part of it, as a family name, under your Indonesian wife’s name in her passport. The Indonesian Immigration Office is the only authorized government agency with the authority to change a name in a passport. Therefore, the only way to acknowledge/to show that your Indonesian wife is legally married to you is by endorsing your name, as her legal husband, in your Indonesian wife’s passport based on the legalized marriage certificate.
  2. The Indonesian wife should come in person to the Consular Department at the Embassy, and bring with her the original as well as the legalized copy of the marriage certificate and also her British husband’s passport. Providing that all documentation is in order then the endorsement can be processed. There is no charge for this service.

RESIDENCY AFTER THE MARRIAGE

IF YOUR INDONESIAN HUSBAND/WIFE WISHES TO STAY AND LIVE IN THE

UNITED KINGDOM WITH YOU AFTER THE MARRIAGE

  1. The Indonesian husband/wife should come in person to the Consular Department at the Embassy and to register his/her name with the Embassy. It is the duty/obligation of every Indonesian citizen to report and to register at the Embassy in London if he/she intends to stay more than five days in the United Kingdom.
  2. With regard to a visa/permit to stay in the United Kingdom, it is strongly suggested that the Indonesian husband/wife, together with his/her British wife/husband contact and report immediately to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office in the United Kingdom to process his/her United Kingdom visa status.

Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND)

Block C Whitgift Centre

Wellesley Road

Croydon

Surrey CR9 IAT

Tel. 0870 606 7766

IF YOUR INDONESIAN HUSBAND/WIFE WISHES TO RETURN TO STAYAND LIVE IN INDONESIA WITH YOU AFTER THE MARRIAGE

IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES

The British husband/wife can choose either of the following:

Procedure I:

  1. The British husband/wife must apply for a Social Visit Visa which has a maximum length of stay of 5 (five) weeks with the possibility of extension (subject to approval from the Immigration Office in Indonesia). After arriving in Indonesia, the British husband/wife together with his/her Indonesian wife/husband should go as soon as possible to the Indonesian Immigration Office to apply for a Limited Stay Permit Temporary Resident Visa.
  2. The following required documents should be submitted when applying for a Social Visit Visa:
  3. Valid passport (with a minimum validity of 6 months as from the date of entry into Indonesia)
  4. Two application forms (duly completed and signed)
  5. Two colour passport sized photos
  6. A letter of support from the Indonesian husband/wife setting out the reason(s) for the visit, and details of the duration of the proposed visit, and accepting responsibility for the accommodation and living expenses of the applicant whilst the British husband/wife is in Indonesia.
  7. Evidence that the applicant has sufficient funds to maintain him/herself during his/her stay (e.g. a recent bank statement etc.) or a third-party letter guaranteeing to support the applicant financially during his/her stay in Indonesia, together with documentary evidence to do so.
  8. The fee for a 60 days Social Visit Visa can be accessed here, which is non-refundable under any circumstances. or

Procedure II:

  1. The British husband/wife may apply for a Limited Stay Permit/Temporary Resident Visa at the Indonesian Embassy in London. The Indonesian husband/wife (who is still in the United Kingdom), should first contact his/her family in Indonesia and ask them to go to the Indonesian Immigration Office and to apply for the aforementioned visa on the couple’s behalf. The Indonesian Immigration Office will then process and consider the application. Please be advised that this process may take a considerable length of time; months may pass before an application is approved and a visa is granted by the Indonesian Immigration Office. The necessary visa will only be issued by the Embassy after approval/authorization is received by the Embassy directly from the Immigration Office in Indonesia. The Embassy will notify the applicant accordingly if and when approval has been received by the Embassy.
  2. Requirements to apply for a Limited Stay Permit/Temporary Residence Visa at the Indonesian Embassy in London:

Completed visa application forms and two coloured passport size photos plus a valid passport (with a minimum validity of passports is 18 months as from the date of entry into Indonesia) must be submitted when applying for a visa together with:

  1. Written approval from the Immigration Office in Indonesia;
  2. A complete and updated Curriculum Vitae
  3. The original and a copy of the Marriage Certificate’
  4. A supporting letter of recommendation from the applicant’s Indonesian husband/wife stating the reason(s) for the visit, and details of the proposed visit, and accepting responsibility for the accommodation and living expenses of the applicant whilst the applicant in Indonesia.
  5. Evidence that the applicant has sufficient funds to maintain him/herself during his/her stay in Indonesia (e.g. a recent bank statement) or a third party letter guaranteeing to support the applicant financially during his/her stay in Indonesia, together with documentary evidence to do so.
  6. The fee for a Limited Stay Permit/Temporary Resident Visa can be accessed here, which is non-refundable under any circumstances.