Every filipino citizen who immigrated and got married abroad has to report their marriage in Philippine Consulates within 1 year of the marriage date. If a Filipino citizen fails to report marriage within a year of marriage, an additional document called Affidavit of Delayed Registration is necessary. This is under the Philippines Common Wealth Act 3753, Civil Registry Law.
Why does a filipino citizen needs to report marriage?
A filipino citizen needs to report marriage in order to have an updated record from National Statistics Office that issues your main document such as birth and certificate of no marriage. If you want to get other identification such as your passport, a documentation has to match with your current identification abroad for different purposes.
What is the purpose of reporting my marriage?
In the United States, it takes 5 years to get a citizenship. A Philippine passport expires after 5 years of issuance. Therefore if you wish to travel abroad while waiting for US citizenship and US passport, you may have to renew your Philippine passport as well. Your passport name should match the name that is issued in your Permanent Residency/Green card to avoid complication when travelling abroad. So, passport information must also be updated and renewed when you receive your green card.
What are the requirements for report of marriage?
The requirements are report of marriage contracted abroad form, marriage certificate, marriage record, government issued ID and philippine birth certificate. See all the requirements here:
Where can I send my package?
There are 8 consulates where you can send application or submit in person. Every state has a corresponding consulate that will accept your report of marriage package.
If it has been more than a year and you failed to submit your report of Marriage, you have to submit an Affidavit for Delayed Registration. http://www.philippinessanfrancisco.org/index.php?page=consulate-finder-main
Click the link below to determine if which consulate is the place for you to file your ROM. Each state are stated under each Consulate address.