I am currently in Brazil.
I came on a 90 day visa and just had it extended at the Federal Police for another 90 days.
I have 3 months left until my visa expires (until my total of 180 per year). I have to be out of Brazil by August 9th.
Does anyone have any experience with marriage here and how long the process takes?
My main concern is to get it completed before my visa expires.
I've heard the whole marriage process can take up to 2 months but I am having a hard time breaking it down.
I read from different sources, that it's broken down in 2 stages. First you need to register intent to marry and pay a fee. Then you have to register the marriage and pay a second fee. Then there is a waiting period until marriage license is approved and given. Reading this process confused me as I did not understand the waiting periods involved in each stage.
However, when we called the Cartorio (registry office) here in Vitoria, they knew nothing about this "register intent to marry". They just said bring your required ready documents and my fee. Then I will wait 30-40 days for them to decide, approve, and publish our permission to get married and issue our license to get married. Then I can call them and make sure they have a day available to marry. The lady told us they are usually available to do so as they have 3 days during the week which they perform the marriage. I just need to bring my witnesses. There is no second fee for this procedure. I will just actually have to pay a fee for a translator during the marriage.
Can anyone shed some light on this situation? Does anyone have any experience marrying here? Can it be slightly different from one state to another? Or did the process I described that I read on sites and what the lady told me is ultimately the same and I'm over-confusing myself?
I really need to know if I will have enough time to marry and get the proper papers I need before I leave back to Canada so that I can apply for my Brazilian Permanent Residency at the consulate of Toronto there. This way, I can see my parents for a bit, and apply from Toronto, as the process is more smooth and faster, or so I've read.
I really hope I have enough time. I'm also really hoping it gets approved as I have an obstacle with my documentation. I'm a Canadian citizen but I was born in USSR which is not a country anymore and the country Belarus now, is actually unable to renew my birth certificate. Apparently the birth certificate needs to be renewed in country of birth, but after discovering, Belarus is unable to renew my birth certificate since they don't perform such thing, especially now that I am not a citizen there anymore. According to the requirements, the Brazilian Consulate in Belarus is also suppose to legalize my renewed birth certificate. Another problem, the Brazilian Consulate in Belarus is non-existent. It's literally an empty non-operational building. In this case, I got my birth certificate re-stamped (renewed?) at the Belarus Consulate in Brasilia, and now I'm in the process of getting it translated from Russian to Portuguese (there is only 1 Russian translator here, so I'm really relying on her!!), and the Brazilian Foreign Affairs (also in Brasilia) told us they would be able to legalize the translated copy.
Also note that It's actually weird because I've been here for about 2 weeks before within a year, so I was expecting to get a little less time on my visa extension but seems they gave me a full 90 days. I went 9 days before the initial 90 days was due to expire.
OMG my brain!
After reading wjwoodward's post: http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=280525
The original Birth Certificate must then be submitted to the Consulado-Geral do Brasil (in the country of issue) for "legalization". This is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY so don't omit this step or you won't be able to marry in Brazil.
This has been a huge headache and disappointment in my case. As I mentioned in my post, there is literally no Consulate of Brazil in Belarus and I cannot even get a new Birth Certificate renewed in Belarus either. We tried to bring this fact up to the Cartorio but they just keep saying "too bad" and cannot consult us on any alternatives. After numerous visits and calls to the Cartorio, we were told to try anyways but there is no guarantee it will be accepted, as it depends on the discrepancy of the approver. Has anyone ever had luck with this?? Or does this eliminate any chance I have whatsoever to ever get married in Brazil? The consulate of Belarus in Brasilia did suggest us to try to get the birth certificate legalized in Brazilian Consulate in Poland, which would be the nearest other Jurisdiction from Belarus, but I don't even see how that would work since Belarus is not the same country as Poland, and Brazilian Consulate in Poland has their own jurisdiction rules, such as only accepted documents are from within the Polish jurisdiction. It's not even in the same language. I assume Brazilian Consulate in Poland would not accept my re-stamped birth certificate from Belarus Consulate in Brasilia or even from Belarus, which I can't manage to get from there anyways.