US citizen trying to marry a Colombian needs help !

Hello everyone, sorry if this has been brought up before, I searched to avail.
I just returned from Cali yesterday where I was spending time with my fiancé, so I have a question about paperwork and forms required to marry her.

As follows:
Birth Certificate. If born outside of Colombia, applicant must obtain a certified copy of his/her birth certificate issued within three months prior to the wedding. This document must be certified with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the state where it was issued.

Here is the question; I’m a US citizen but I was not born in the USA, I was born in Guatemala, I can get a Birth Certificate from Guatemala, but do I have to get it Apostilled ?
Can I get a foreign document apostilled in the States ?

“Certificado de Solteria”: The foreigner must present a written statement, executed by two family members or close friends who have known him/her for more than ten years, stating that he/she is not married at the moment, This document must be notarized by a Notary Public in the city of issuance, and certified with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the state where it was issued.

I can easily get this.

Divorce decree. If the foreigner had previously been married, a certified copy by the court of the divorce decree must be presented. This document must be certified with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State of the state where it was issued.  Or, of the foreigner is widowed, a certified death certificate of the deceased spouse, with an APOSTILLE from the Secretary of State, where the death certificate was issued.

I can easily get this too.

You will need to have these documents translated into Spanish by a certified translator in Colombia as well.  Also, as I understand it, the issue date on the documents isn't so important as the date of the APOSTILLE, which must be dated no more than three months prior to the marriage.

This is also not a problem.

The important question is about my birth certificate.
Thanks in advance to everyone that helps me out !

You may not need all these links, but I supply them just in case.

It's possible you may be able to apply for, and get on-line, your birth certificate from Guatemala via RENAP (Registro Nacional de las Personas):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRDc3Q4x9Ag

Government pages:

https://www.renap.gob.gt/solicitud-de-c … lectronica

https://www.renap.gob.gt/servicios-en-linea

Another page:

https://aprende.guatemala.com/tramites/ … -en-linea/

Page for the Embassy of Guatemala in the US where they may be able to answer questions:

http://www.guatemalaembassyusa.org/

Page for the Embassy of Colombia in the US where they may be able to answer questions:

http://www.colombiaemb.org/

And a question for you:  Have you considered bringing your fiancée to the US and marrying her there?  Not nearly as many hoops to jump through that way.

OsageArcher :

You may not need all these links, but I supply them just in case.

It's possible you may be able to apply for, and get on-line, your birth certificate from Guatemala via RENAP (Registro Nacional de las Personas):



And a question for you:  Have you considered bringing your fiancée to the US and marrying her there?  Not nearly as many hoops to jump through that way.

Thank you for your reply and the links !
I called the Guatemalan consulate in Bogotá and was told to obtain a birth Certificate in Guatemala in RENAP, have it legalized at the same location, once that is done, to take it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guatemala to have it Apostille there, hopefully it’s a simple process.
As far as bringing my fiancée to the US, I rather do that in the future, I would like marry her in Colombia and live in Colombia with her for at least ten months or so, she has a two daughters, a 14 and a 17 year old, so it’s a little more complicated.
I hope we can get this marriage done without any problems or many delays due to more documents asked by the notario.

And are there any more documents I need to bring besides the Birth Certificate, divorce decree, passport and translations ?
Also, does the copy of my passport need to be Apostille ?

I got married in Bogotá in a church wedding in 1996, but I don't remember all the details - if you marry in a Catholic ceremony you need the Church approval and some other documents.  For all your questions it'd be best to get the info from the approving authorities to make sure there are no surprises.

Do a search for
colombia matrimonio con extranjero

...and there are a number of good links that show up with lots of info.

This article in Spanish summarizes it nicely:

https://www.fucsia.co/novias/preparativ … ombia/5443

I have two more questions for those of you who know ;

* The Notario is asking for a document proving that I renounced my Guatemalan citizenship when I became a US citizen, where do
I get this document or certificate ??

My other question is regarding all the paperwork being brought to the notario when I’m not present ;
* Where do I get the “Power of attorney “ for my fiancée  ?
Does it have to be done at a Colombian consulate here in the states in order to be valid for the Notario ?

Your case seems to be complicated beyond the ordinary for a US Citizen marrying a Colombian.  But I would look for another notario.  I think you're being made to jump through hoops for no good, or no legal, reason.

The article whose link I posted earlier, above, lists no such requirements as your notario is demanding, for either a church marriage or a civil marriage.

You are a US Citizen, period.  There is no official requirement that I know of that a Colombian notario can demand that you show you renounced citizenship, or not, of another country - you are not trying to become a Colombian citizen, you are just marrying one.

When I got married in a Catholic church wedding in Bogotá, there was never any demand or need for a power of attorney for my future wife - again, I doubt there is any official requirement for this unless there are some other details we do not know.

Thanks for all your replies !
I’m in the states so my fiancée will check with other notarios, I really don’t know why Colombia requires so many documents .

The article whose link I posted:

https://www.fucsia.co/novias/preparativ … ombia/5443

...as far as I know is up-to-date as far as what's required.  The requirements are not onerous - and do not include several of the steps your notario seems to want.

If you re not familiar with the notario system in Colombia, you should know that notaries play a much larger role there than they do in the USA - and they are controlled by the government.  You can't just set up as a notary because you want to.  Because of the way Colombia works, they are in effect government officials for many processes. Here is an article that helps explain some of their powers, and also lists the documents the author was required to produce for his marriage:

https://medellinguru.com/colombia-notary/

But not all notaries are equal, and being almost a law unto themselves, each can set their own requirements for many things as to what they require and accept and what they will not.  So it may be worthwhile to go "notary shopping" to expedite your marriage.

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