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Marrying Overseas? Here’s How to Get Your Single Status Affidavit and Apostille in the U.S.

Hey there, fellow lovebirds! If you’re planning to tie the knot overseas, you’re in for an exciting adventure. But before you pack your bags and say “I do,” there are a few important documents you’ll need. One of the key documents required for international marriages is the Single Status Affidavit, often followed by an apostille. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. Let’s walk you through the process to ensure everything goes smoothly.

What is a Single Status Affidavit?

First things first, a Single Status Affidavit is a legal document that confirms you are currently not married and free to marry. Many countries require this document to ensure that you meet their legal requirements for marriage.

What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a certification that authenticates the origin of a public document, in this case, your Single Status Affidavit. It’s like an international stamp of approval that makes your document legally recognized abroad.

Steps to Get Your Single Status Affidavit and Apostille

1. Obtain Your Single Status Affidavit

Start by contacting your local county clerk or a notary public. They will help you draft and notarize your Single Status Affidavit. This document must be notarized to move on to the next step.

2. Get the Affidavit Apostilled

Once you have your notarized Single Status Affidavit, you’ll need to get it apostilled. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Locate Your State’s Apostille Office: Each state has a designated office that handles apostilles. This is usually the Secretary of State’s office.
  2. Submit Your Document: You’ll need to submit your notarized Single Status Affidavit to the apostille office. Some offices allow you to mail in your documents, while others might require you to submit them in person.
  3. Pay the Fee: There is typically a small fee for the apostille service. Make sure to check the specific requirements for your state.
  4. Wait for Processing: Apostille processing times can vary, so plan ahead. Once processed, your document will be stamped with the apostille, making it valid for use abroad.

Tips for a Smooth Process

  • Plan Ahead: Start the process well before your wedding date to avoid any last-minute stress.
  • Double-Check Requirements: Each country has different requirements, so make sure you know exactly what you need.
  • Stay Organized: Keep copies of all your documents and receipts. Organization is key to ensuring everything goes smoothly.

Why Choose Notarizr by The Opal Group?

At Notarizr by The Opal Group, we understand that planning a wedding, especially abroad, can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. Our team of experienced notaries and apostille experts is ready to assist you every step of the way.

What We Offer:

  • Efficient and Reliable Service: We provide fast and reliable notary and apostille services, ensuring your documents are ready when you need them.
  • Convenience at Your Fingertips: With our remote online notarization (RON) services, you can get your documents notarized from the comfort of your home.
  • Expert Guidance: We’ll guide you through the entire process, answering any questions you might have and ensuring all your documents are properly prepared and authenticated.

Getting ready to marry overseas is exciting, and we’re here to help make the paperwork a breeze.

Contact Notarizr by The Opal Group today to get started on your Single Status Affidavit and apostille process. Let’s make your journey to “I do” as smooth as possible!

Happy planning and congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 💍🌏

Author: Vandana

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