Reporting Your Marriage to the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong

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We’re married. That’s it. Why must we report our marriage to the Philippine Consulate?

If this has ever crossed your mind at once, please try to think of this: UNREPORTED MARRIAGES OUTSIDE THE PHILIPPINES WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZED. Unless you both just want to do it like they do in Las Vegas, that “just for fun and you can change your mind tomorrow” thing, then you might as well do so as you pleased.

According to the Office of the Solicitor General of the Philippines:

“A marriage where one or both of the contracting parties is a Filipino citizen must be reported to the Consulate in order for the said marriage to be properly registered and recorded with the Office of the Civil Registrar General in Manila.”

Why report your marriage? It is as simple as:

NO ROM = NO MARRIED STATUS + NO PSA COPY OF ROM & CEMAR + NO VISA APPLICATION

And so you are done with the paperwork at the Hong Kong City Hall Marriage Registry or the Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry. What’s the next step? After you have treated your two witnesses to a meal, you might as well proceed to the Philippine Consulate General’s Office located at the 14th floor of the United Centre in Queensway.

For a smooth transaction, prepare the ORIGINAL AND THREE PHOTOCOPIES of the following beforehand: (Don’t worry, they will return the original documents to you right away. It is only for verification.)

  1. Duly accomplished Report of Marriage Forms in 4 original copies (signatures must be original). This can be downloaded from the Philippine Consulate’s website. Be sure the information you reflected here is the same with what appears on your marriage certificate from Hong Kong.  (You can also ask for the ROM form at the Philippine Consulate’s Civil Registry Office. You can fill out just one form and have three copies but your signatures must be original.)
  2. The couple’s passports.
  3. Original NSO/PSA copy of the wife’s Birth Certificate in security paper (SECPA) and three copies of this. Note that the authenticated PSA/NSO certificates mentioned here are those issued by the PSA/NSO in security paper.
    • In case the Filipino spouse is a widow or widower: PSA/NSO Death Certificate of Previous spouse, and PSA/NSO Authenticated Marriage Contract
    • If previous marriage was annulled: PSA/NSO authenticated Marriage Contract with annotation on annulment and Court decree on Annulment duly authenticated by the DFA. 
    • If with divorce initiated by foreign spouse: PSA/NSO Authenticated Marriage Contract with annotation on Divorce of previous marriage, and Court Order issued Philippine Court recognizing the Divorce obtained abroad
  4. Marriage Certificate from Hong Kong Marriage Registry.
  5. CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) of the Filipina wife.

Also be aware of the working days observed by the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong:

SUNDAY TO THURSDAY – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

18516754_10208860286810576_824933056_oThe processing fee of the Report is HK$200.00, and processing period is two working days.  The express processing fee is one working day (next working day) but you have to pay an express fee of HK$80.00.  No appointment is needed, you can walk in.
What we did to save the time was report the marriage on a Thursday after the wedding and a meal with our witnesses. For our itinerary, check out the previous post. 
Once you report your marriage to the Consulate, they will forward the same to the Philippines on the first week of the next month.  So, since we got married on the third week of April, our record was forwarded to the Philippines on the first week of May. We can then obtain the authenticated copy of the Report of Marriage from the Philippine Statistics Authority/National Statistics Office in 2 to 3 months.
In case you were not be able to report your marriage in person before the Consulate, you may still submit your application for Report of Marriage with the Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs at ASEANA Business Park (near MOA) for transmittal to Hong Kong SAR. The waiting period, however, to get an authenticated copy of the Report will be longer– 4 to 6 months.  For sure, as much as possible, you wanted to avoid further delays, right? So,it is wise to report it to the Consulate immediately.
Of course, the reason you considered getting married in Hong Kong is the fact that it is one of the quickest way to get the papers done and apply for the Family Reunion Visa.
It is worth to consider that the German Embassy NO LONGER ACCEPT REPORT OF MARRIAGE FOR FAMILY REUNION VISA APPLICATION. We have to wait for the ROM copy to be available from PSA.
If you are interested in Getting Married in Hong Kong, check out the list of documents you needed on the previous post.  You can also start saving for the wedding in Hong Kong with the sample budget in the previous post. 
Don’t know where to begin with the process?  Click here to see how. 
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57 thoughts on “Reporting Your Marriage to the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong

  1. Hello. I just got married in HK last June 2017 with my US husband and I am about to return to HK from Manila to get our authenticated copy in the HK marriage registry office and then report to the Philippine consulate. I would like to ask if a divorce copy of my US husband from his previous marriage be needed in the Philippine consulate or only mine if I was divorced another man? Also it would be okay if I am the only one to report in person coz my husband is in the US at the moment and not able to come with me when I go back to HK.. please respond asap, it is a great help if you could. Thank you.

    Respectfully yours,

    Ly from Philippines

    1. Hi Ly,
      I am not quite sure if the consulate needs the divorce paper as our circumstance is different. We were never married before. Anyhow, to save yourself from the hassle, prepare the divorce papers and three photocopies for each of your dcouments for submission. Fill out the ROM form with both your original signatures. As to reporting the marriage alone, I also do not know. I suggest you email the consulate beforehand.

  2. Hello… Been following your blog for a while now and it’s been a great help in my preparations. Thank you for being so detailed. Anyway, this might be redundant but I want to make sure I understand correctly. For the report of marriage, you mentioned the ‘authenticated PSA/NSO certificates’ are already those issued by the PSA in security paper, which I want to clarify, don’t need to be authenticated by the DFA anymore, is that right? just the “authenticated” term might be a bit misleading and I want to make sure I have what I need.

    I’m getting married next month in HK and I just secured a fresh PSA copy in PSA security paper and just want to be sure I don’t need to go to DFA for authentication anymore. Thanks!

    1. Hi..Thanks for dropping me a line and for following my blog. Yep, you only need the copy issued by PSA not the one from DFA with a red ribbon. Good luck on your wedding preps! 🙂

  3. I was wondering if you already got your PSA marriage certificate. And if you did, how long did it actually take? Thanks!

    1. The Consulate sent me an email that it is already available at PSA. Haven’t requested for my copy just yet, though. It takes about 3 months.

  4. Oh, that’s cool, you got an email from the Consulate. Yeah, I was just wondering because, well, you know, Philippines. Thanks again for your replies!

  5. Hi Fraum! Your blog is so helpful and so detailed! Thank you for sharing everything you know. 🙂 I am also a Pinay engaged to a Polish guy who is currently working in the UK. Do you have an idea if he also needs to report our marriage to Polish consulate in HK? The reason I ask is because after I get the ROM from PSA, I will then start applying for EEA family permit here in the Philippines to enter the UK. Any help you can extend will be much appreciated. 🙂

    1. Hi Maya! Great to hear it has been helpful! 🙂 If Poland and the UK are members of the Apostille Convention, then there is no need to report the marriage to his embassy.

      1. Hello again 🙂 just wondering if you applied for a passport renewal (reflecting your new surname) after you got married? Because on DFA website one of the requirements is: Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA if married abroad — is the ROM issued in HK embassy already PSA authenticated?

      2. Hello! Me again with another question:) Do you know if only one party can come back the following day after reporting the marriage to PH embassy (express)?
        The reason being my fiance will leave one day before me. 😦

      3. It is okay Maya. The next day you will only have to pick up the ROM and the submitted documents and maybe bring the MC to the high court which doesn’t need signing for both of you.

  6. hi, what’s the express fee for? does it mean if we’ll report our marriage on Oct. 7 can we get the Report from Consulate on Oct. 9? And can fly back to Phils. on Oct. 9 too? thanks.

    1. Hello heart! Express fee is for the next day release of ROM. You can then get the original copy of the HK marriage cert which you can bring to the high court for apostille. October 7 is a saturday and the consulate is closed. The Phil Consulate is open from Sunday to Thursday. So you can report the marriage on the 5th or the 8th and get the ROM on the next working day.

  7. Hello everyone, Just wanna ask if – Is there any similar case with me here…. or anyone could give an advice…

    In my case, I was married to a Filipino and I filed a divorce in Hong Kong, in 2015 I got my divorce papers. But I did not file a petition for the recognition of my divorce at the PSA because I know this will not work since Phils have no divorce for both Filipino citizen.

    Now I’m here in Germany and remarried just last month, since the divorce in HK was recognised here. My question is…. Is it really necessary to report the marriage to the Phil Embassy? Knowing the conflicts that in Phils record- PSA my previous marriage was not yet annulled. I was just thinking of not reporting my marriage here in Germany unless I got my first marriage annulled. Is there any consequences if one would not report their marriage abroad?

    Thanks and looking so much to hear your advice…

    Waff

      1. Hello again Fraum! I got an email yesterday from Phil consulate that our ROM has already been forwarded to DFA Manila for onward transmittal to the PSA/NSO.

        Did you go to the main office before to secure a copy after receiving an email? Thank you in advance as always.

  8. Hi thank you nga pala sa pag share ng wedding experience mo sa HK. Big help pr sa tulad ko (pinay) may Balak din pakasal sa HK. Tanong ko lang ang ROM na galing sa Phil.embassy sa HK ay accept ba ng DFA sa pag change ng last name sa passport? Oh kailangan talaga maghintay na maging available sa PSA ang ROM bago pumunta sa DFA pr sa renewal of passport. Thanks in advance😊

    1. Hello. Glad to be of help. 🙂
      Regarding sa change nga name, pag foreigner ang asawa.. we should attend a CFO seminar first. I just don’t know kung sa DFA accepted ba ang ROM from consulate.

  9. Hi Fraum! Just want to ask if the other 3 copies of NSO birth certificate and cenomar must be authenticated to be submitted at the Philippine Consulate in hk? Thank you.

  10. Hi Fraum thanks for sharing. need your opinion on this. I’m 24 years old pinay. Planning to get married in Hong Kong. Just wanna ask if mag kakaproblem sa airport immigration if you declare na ang reason for leaving the country is magpapakasal and ?Not much of a tour kumbaga

    And also do they(immigration officers) have the right to question me pa ba for my intent to get married for my age is 24 lang? and satin in Philippine 25+ years old lang ang free na free at pwede na mag pakasal without the needs of certain consent or advice papers.

    1. Hi there. I have read countless stories of girls getting offloaded kasi sinabi na ang purpose is magpapakasal. We have laws kasi in marrying foreigners, which is for our good din naman, kaya lang ang haba ng process. I suggest you just say you will only have a vacation. Be consistent with this, kasi they will spot if we are making up stories pag paiba2 story natin.

      1. Thank you po sa response. Seem safe to declare as tour only talaga. In my case po my foreigner fiancee would be leaving for Hong Kong from here kasama ako. Would it be better to act like hindi na lang kami mag kasama? Or okay lang as fiancees na mag tour together? Red flag padin po ba pati yun accompanied by a foreigner 😴. Or am I over thinking lang on that note 😊

      2. Okay lang na magkasama kayo. Just say magbabakasyon kayu dun. Just prepare your approved leave letter from employment mo plus mga IDs. Much better pag may pera ka din. Usually, pag may kasamang foreigner, they ask kung sino ang gagastos sa tour. Pag si BF, he will sign an affidavit sa immigration.

  11. Hi FrauM, we have appointed a civil celebrant to officiate our marriage in HK. If the marriage certificate is signed by them, will it be accepted for Apostille?

  12. Thanks for your reply. I read that it is much easier to get married at the registry.
    How did you find your 2 witnesses? ☺️

  13. Hi i need advice we just engaged and we planning to do secret married in Hongkong this coming december ,He’s From U.K and am Filipina.we’re both single what documents we should submit to be able to get married in Hongkong.Please help ,Thank
    Cheers Amor

    1. Hi Amor… all the answers to your questions are found on the blog.. kindly read the blog entries here about getting married in Hong Kong. 🙂

    1. That depends on your submitted documents.. It can take 2 weeks to 3 months. Kindly read the blog posts about getting married in HK here on the blog.

      1. Miss FRAUM, pag armed forces official po ba need ng approval ng Commanding Officer nila? Salamat po

  14. Okay po salamat. Miss FRAUM, pwedi po ba na after namin ma. Report sa consulate is yung pinsan ko nalang kumuha sa ROM and yung na submit na mga doc sa Consulate sa hong kong?. Thursday po kasi yung wedding day and Sunday na ulit sila mag open need na namin bumalik ng pinas after the wedding. Salamat po.

  15. Ms. FRAUM, diba sabi mo sa blog mo pwedi naman cxa sa pinas nalang i report sa Office of Consular Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs at ASEANA Business Park (near MOA) for transmittal to Hong Kong?. Ang tagal na po kasi pag antayin pa namin aabot kami ng 1 week don. Plan namin after the wedding balik na kami sa pinas pagka evening..

    1. Hi Diane, I don’t think they still accept it there. You better call or email DFA in ASEANA to be certain. Pero sa pagkaka-alam ko, hindi na yata pwedi ngayon. KUng saan kayo ikinasal, doon na yun ireport… just inquire there directly. This blog post is quite old, so some things have changed na din. Your schedule in HK depends on your liking; and it means, there will also be consequences pag di natapos lahat ng required processes.. lalo na sa pag report.

  16. Hello Fraum. I have a different case, i got married in Hk 3yrs ago, and we wasnt able to report it to Philippine consulate. Now we are planning to move to Germany. German embassy is asking for the PSA(marriage). How does it work with late registration and can we process it from manila? Regards
    Anne

    1. Hi.. I am not sure about this exactly… but I think you can still apply for late registration of marriage. I suggest you call DFA main office in ASEANA and ask for the process of reporting the marriage late.

  17. Hi,Ms. Fraum. You mentioned that you get your ROM to the local PSA/NSO. How many additional weeks you wait for you to get it? Thanks in advance for answering my query.😃

      1. Did you coordinate to the DFA Manila to send it to the PSA Provincial office? Or automatically you request and get it to Provincial office?

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