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Birth Certificate – part 3

April 20th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As much as I do appreciate that my boyfriend’s parents are trying to sort out the birth certificate, I had a niggling feeling that somewhere the fact that it also needed to be apostilled had gotten lost in translation.

He felt that we should simply await for it to arrive (which we were told could take three weeks!) and then if it wasn’t on there, we would just send it back to the Embassy to sort that…oookaayy….

I have to admit at this point I did stress out just slightly, especially when after some research I found out that the apostille could only be issued in Australia by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In a mad rush I made my boyfriend call his parents to explain the situation.  Luckily they were able to intercept the birth certificate.  This has already been issued (of course without the apostille) but had not been posted yet.  But there was still a problem…

The authority that issues the birth certificate is different to the one that can issue the apostille.  In case you are wondering what I’m going on about, an apostille is merely a stamp which carries a second signature, basically certifying the first, issuing signature. Don’t ask!!

The Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages don’t want to have the responsibility of sending the certificate on to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (where the Apostille is to be attached) so it was agreed that they will send it by express delivery to my boyfriend’s parents. Who would then send it on to be apostilled (again by express delivery) and from there it was once again agreed that it would be sent directly to us in the UK.

Are you still with me? Did I mention that the issuing offices for these documents are both in Brisbane, but my boyfriend’s parents live over 300 miles (500km) away? So this document has to travel back-and-forth over 600 miles within Australia, before it can be sent to us here in England. I then still have to send it to my brother in Germany to be translated.

Out of curiosity, I thought I’d check where these places are. I’ve marked them on the map below. My boyfriend assures me that it’s no more than a 10 minute walk between offices. Surely someone could just nip round in their lunch break..?

I’d rather not count the number of postal deliveries during which the thing could actually get lost and we would have to start the whole process all over again.

Birth Certificate – part 2

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

As soon as my boyfriend’s parents returned from holiday we contacted them.  This was also our first opportunity to let them know that we have finally set a date.

Of course they were very excited and offered what help they could.  However, no birth certificate there either…

They will apply for a new one the next morning on our behalf.  The plan is for them to have the Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Brisbane send it straight to us in the UK, so I can then forward it on to my brother in Germany as quickly as possible.

Finally things seem to be moving.

Certificate of No Impediment

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Ok, there may be some drama around the birth certificate but I was very delighted that the Australian Embassy had a more or less 24 hour turnaround on our application and we today received the Certificate of No Impediment.

Just the birth certificate then. Oh and the translations. And the interpreter on the day.  Did I mention the interpreter yet?? You think you get on top of things and then you get told you need something else.  I don’t really do stress but this is kind of nice stress if I’m honest.

Birth Certificate – part 1

April 10th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

So, my boyfriend realised that he doesn’t actually have his birth certificate.  Lovely.

We can’t contact his parents as they are on holiday at the moment. Lovely. Oh well, it’s not as if we need it urgently or anything.

So much paperwork…

April 7th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

So, it is all on again. Or it will be when we get all our paperwork together.

Want to know what is needed when you want to get married in Germany? (bearing in mind that I’m German myself which makes things slightly easier)…

For me this included a new certified copy out of the register of births back in Germany, a copy of my passport, proof of address by way of utility bill and a completed form of authority so my brother may attend the Registrar’s office on our behalf and make the formal application.

For my boyfriend however this included a certified copy of his passport, his original birth certificate with Apostille, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (yep…), proof of address (again) and the same authority for my brother.

Once all that was together, the birth certificate and Certificate of No Impediment will have to be translated by a sworn translator in Germany.  Only then can my brother attend the Registrar’s office.  And then all the paperwork goes to the court (Oberlandesgericht) to be approved, which can take up to six weeks.

During all this time our appointment will not be official.  That is because only once the paperwork has been approved by the courts, is the Registrar able to confirm the appointment.  Although the very helpful lady at the Registrar Office was prepared to “reserve” the appointment, that was just about as far as she could go…this means that we could still lose our booking.  No pressure then.

For now all we can realistically do is to apply for the Certificate of No Impediment from the Australian Embassy in London. This weekend is Easter though, so Monday is a bank holiday, but at least we can send off the application so it would be at Australia House first thing Tuesday.

My boyfriend seems to think that he has his birth certificate filed away somewhere, failing that we hope that his mum still has a copy back in Australia.