Match Made in Heaven, Registered in India: New Mandate Proposed for NRIs to Register Marriages

Discover the latest twist in matrimonial ties! NRIs, OCI cardholders, and their Indian soulmates face a new decree.
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February 24, 2024

In an era where love knows no borders, matrimonial ties have a new twist, especially for those who dare to unite across geographies.

The Law Commission of India, in a move that could rival the plot twists of Bollywood romances, has now decreed that NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) cardholders, and their Indian partners must register their weddings in India, without fail.

In a report delivered to the Union government, the Law Commission suggested that extensive central legislation should also cover aspects such as divorce, spousal support, child custody and maintenance, and the serving of summons, warrants, or other legal papers to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs). Justice Awasthi further recommended that all marriages involving NRIs/OCIs and Indian citizens should be mandatorily registered in India.

According to India Today, this move aims to safeguard the rights of spouses, ensuring that the sanctity and legality of marriages are not lost in international translation. The idea is to prevent complications arising from marital disputes, especially in cases where one spouse resides in a different country. In simpler terms, it's about ensuring that your happily-ever-after is acknowledged on paper and by Indian law.

If you are considering registering your marriage in India, you must be physically present before the sub-registrar to do so. This will also require you to produce relevant documentation such as a visa, a NOC from the relevant embassy, age, and residential proof, along with an Indian ID card. You will also need to have 2 witnesses along with you for this process.

So, if you're an NRI or OCI cardholder planning on getting married soon to an Indian citizen, you might want to add "Register Marriage" to your wedding planner. If you're already married abroad and haven't registered your marriage in India, now may be a good time to do it - irrespective of whether the law is finally passed or not.

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Rupali enjoys writing about everything related to money (in India and around the world). A MICA graduate in Communications, she has over seven years of experience in content creation and communication strategy for various user touchpoints, from CRM to UX for apps and websites, especially in fintech and healthcare. Outside of work, you'll find her binging on true crime documentaries or cooking up a storm.

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