Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

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The Australian Embassy Manila continues to accept notarial services during the coronavirus pandemic.  We are open for CNI applications at the Embassy only on Thursdays (by appointment). 

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Visas and Citizenship Enquiries
If you are an Australian citizen wishing to marry overseas, the foreign government may request you to secure a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI). The Philippine government requires a CNI issued by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.
 

Validity of CNIs:.

  • You are encouraged to discuss with the marrying authority (i.e. courts; religious institutions; city/municipal offices) in your area and note the requirements in order to get married. The Philippine Government normally does not accept a CNI issued more than 6 months prior to the date of marriage.
  • The Australian Embassy cannot advise on the Philippines' specific requirements for Australians to get married in the country. You are encouraged to discuss with the marrying authority in your area.

 Payment for CNIs:

  • Consular fees - We only accept payment in Philippine pesos (Php) by MasterCard, Visa card (including Visa Debit) or bank manager's cheque made payable to 'Australian Embassy'. We do not accept personal cheques. Fees are updated monthly.
  • Strictly no cash payments

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR CNI:

Australian citizens may lodge a completed Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) application form with the Consular Section of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines either by e-mail or by registered mail/courier. Please note that this is a payable service.

 

First Option: Lodge by e-mail


Please send the following documents:

  1. Completed CNI application form.

a.      The applicant must sign the form in front of an authorised witness (indicated on the third page of the application form). The list of authorised witnesses is included on the form.

b.      If both parties/partners are Australian citizens, they must lodge separate applications, requirements, and fees.

       2. Certified/notarised copy of the applicant’s Australian passport (biodata page only).

Note: If the Australian passport is not available, please submit a certified copy/notarised copy of the applicant's Australian birth certificate and a valid ID with photo, name, and signature.

      3. Proof of termination of previous marriage (certified/notarised copy of divorce papers, death certificate or annulment papers).

      4. Certified/notarised copy of the intended spouse’s valid ID.

Note: We are unable to send CNIs to an Australian address.

      5. Fees / Bank Details for a CNI application will be relayed to the client as soon as all documentary requirements have been met


You may send your complete requirements through: [email protected]
(Subject line must be: CNI Application – **Surname of Australian Applicant** and **Surname of Partner**)
 

Note: Incomplete documents will result to delays and/or non-issuance of CNIs. Make sure you have completed the CNI application form and have secured the original or notarized/certified copies of requirements with you prior to making an appointment.


Second Option: Lodge by mail/courier

(CNI will be issued immediately upon receipt of a complete application and mailed to the applicant or authorised recipient. We do not have control on courier delivery times)

Please send the following documents:

  1. Completed CNI application form.

a.      The applicant must sign the form in front of an authorised witness (indicated on the third page of the application form). The list of authorised witnesses is included on the form.

b.      If both parties/partners are Australian citizens, they must lodge separate applications, requirements, and fees.

       2. Certified/notarised copy of the applicant’s Australian passport (biodata page only).

Note: If the Australian passport is not available, please submit a certified copy/notarised copy of the applicant's Australian birth certificate and a valid ID with photo, name, and signature.

      3. Proof of termination of previous marriage (certified/notarised copy of divorce papers, death certificate or annulment papers).

      4. Certified/notarised copy of the intended spouse’s valid ID.

      5. A pre-paid pre-addressed envelope/satchel from either JRS Express or EMS Express.

Note: We are unable to send CNIs to an Australian address.

      6. Fees for a CNI application lodged by mail/courier must be paid by bank draft in Philippine pesos made payable to 'Australian Embassy'. Fees are updated monthly. We do not accept personal cheques. If you intend to obtain a bank draft in Australia, we only accept bank drafts issued by ANZ. In the past, we have had difficulty processing bank drafts/cheques issued by other Australian banks. If you are having difficulty obtaining a bank draft in Philippine pesos from ANZ, please consider Option 3 (below) or ask a representative in the Philippines to obtain a manager's cheque from a Philippine bank and send it to us with your application.


You may send your complete requirements through mail/courier addressed to:

ATTN: Consular Section, Australian Embassy
Level 23, Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue Makati City 1200 Philippines

 

 


Further Information on CNIs:  

DIVORCES OBTAINED IN NON-COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES

If you have been divorced overseas, you should contact your solicitor before leaving Australia to confirm that your divorce is recognised under Australian law. Your marriage in the Philippines will not be recognised in Australia unless your divorce is recognised under Australian law.


DIVORCE OF AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS PREVIOUSLY MARRIED IN THE PHILIPPINES

Foreign divorce decrees are not automatically recognized in the Philippines. Australian nationals who were previously married in the Philippines and are intending to remarry in the Philippines after obtaining a divorce in Australia should check with National Statistics Office/Philippine Statistics Authority in the Philippines to confirm their divorce decree has been acknowledged by the local government.


CNI FOR AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS (NOT AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS)

Australian residents who are not Australian citizens must apply for a CNI from their country's embassy or consulate in the Philippines.

 
HOW TO OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENCE

A marriage licence is issued by the Philippine authorities and either you or your intended spouse (or both) must apply for this at the local civil registrar (City Hall) in the town or district where your intended spouse normally lives. In accordance with Philippine law, it is necessary to wait ten days from the date of application before a licence can be issued. Evidence of your identity and divorce/death of a previous spouse (if applicable) is usually required by the Philippine authorities. 

 

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Consular Section Contact Details

Consular Section
Australian Embassy
Level 23  Tower 2, RCBC Plaza 6819 Ayala Avenue
Makati City 1200, Metro Manila, The Philippines

Telephone: +63 2 7757 8100
Facsimile: +63 2 7757 8344

Email: [email protected]

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