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  1.  Really need some advice asap regarding marriage in Germany.  As British citizens we have provided the Standesamt with all documents required; officially translated,  with Apostil stamps and in case of my previous marriage in uk also with Notarised divorce certificate.  So far this process has taken 4 months and cost us almost £1000 and many visits backwards and forwards. We thought the final hurdle was applying to the courts for a certificate of 'no impediment to marriage' (no longer issued by British Embassy.  Now they have said they want original certificates for ALL previous marriages and divorces (translated,  notarised and apostilled). I can't begin to explain the problems and disappointment we've experienced with what should have been a joyous event. It's felt that the bar has been raised every time we've returned with everything we were told was required and also experienced a bit of discrimination and a lot of unhelpfulness because we're British. As far as I can see, a notarised and Apostilled divorce certificate from the British Government should be enough to show we are free to marry? Any help would be greatly appreciated. We cannot afford the time or money to continue down this path.   Note: The letter recieved quoted 'EU Article 39'
  2. Hi guys! So, I don't believe this specific topic has been addressed before. Here goes:   After three months of marriage, my husband (a German citizen) left me at my sister's wedding. It was devastating and entirely unexpected and it's made life very difficult for the last year and a half. My Aufenthalt is, as you might imagine, now dependent on the marriage. We have not officially separated yet, as I was holding out hope that I could apply for citizenship after two years. So, my question is: Is this possible? What if we get separated after I turn in my application, will that be a problem? I have just finished an MA at a German university and am currently unemployed - what are my options for remaining in Germany if citizenship is not an option?    Here are some facts about my situation to help guide your response:   - I've lived in Berlin for five years now, going on six next month and we will have been "married" for two years in April - I speak German fluently (I have a degree in German and an MA in linguistics) - I am a US citizen  - My "husband" now lives in London where he is studying - My "husband" would be onboard with fibbing about our status, as long as it doesn't require much effort on his part   Let's ignore the whole "no dual citizenship" thing for the moment, that's a whole other can of worms. My questions are:   1. Are we at risk of facing criminal charges if our marriage is outed as a "fraud"?  2. Does the citizenship plan sound plausible?  3. What would happen if we DID file for separation after my application had been turned in?  4. If I determined that this was too risky/not workable, or that I'd just rather have a divorce sooner, on what grounds could I stay in Germany? Surely they don't just kick you out?   I understand that this is a complicated situation and I appreciate your advice! Thanks in advance!    
  3. Getting married in Hamburg

    My girlfriend and I would like to get married. We are aware of the paper work needed already but we don't who to contact to get the process started to save time as we are already collecting the needed papers?  We are both not German.