Red tape

in order to get a registered partnership (or, perhaps, a marriage) it turns out we need to submit Beloved’s birth certificate, as well as a declaration (made, somewhat conveniently, in the local consulate) of singlehood.

The birth certificate proves to be complex: it needs to be requested by the person who is on it, or by direct relatives. Doing this by mail is tedious and takes ages. Then, it needs to receive official stamps to make it internationally valid. More mailing to do. Luckily, Beloved’s mother was willing to help us out and sent the documents back and forth until they arrived here.


Now, we have six months to obtain the marriage permit, if we wait longer than that, we need to start over again.


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