The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO) has a multi-phase procedure for the authentication of a marriage certificate for Tawian Visa.
At Phase I, before you get married to your Taiwanese fiancé, he has to apply for a Legal Capacity Certificate. Once the two of you have received it from TECO, you can apply for a marriage license at your City or Municipal Hall. At this time you should also set your interview date with TECO.
For Phase II, you need to submit your updated documents. After the documents have been verified, you can proceed to the interview.
During the interview, Phase III, you have to provide proof of your relationship. When you have passed the interview, your marriage contract will be authenticated and then released.
More info on the Taiwan Visa Requirements
Which documents need a Traditional Chinese translation?
In Phase II, you need to provide documents as a couple. You need a completed authentication application form, as well as an updated passport. TECO recommends that the wife should already
be carrying the Taiwanese husband’s surname. There are also two documents that need a traditional Chinese translation:
- Marriage Certificate – Get your NSO Marriage Certificate authenticated by the Department of ForeignAffairs (DFA) with a red ribbon. You may now have your document translated to Traditional Mandarin.
- NBI clearance – The original and a copy of your NBI clearance should also have the DFA red ribbon. This document needs to be authenticated by TECO. But you can apply for the authentication at the same time. Attach the Traditional Mandarin translation of your NBI clearance to both the original and the copy.
Your translation needs to be official and in Traditional Chinese
For the translation of these two documents, TECO will give you 45 days to gather the requirements. Your translation to Traditional Chinese has to be an official translation. An official translation includes a Certificate of Translation and a Translators Seal. This can be provided by a translation company.
When choosing your provider for the translation, you should pay attention to their expertise in Traditional Chinese. There are two types of written Chinese: Traditional and Simplified. Taiwan uses Traditional Chinese for their official documents; a translation to Simplified Chinese will not be accepted.
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