Taguig City, Philippines —
The Legal Capacity or Certificate of Singleness is one of the many requirements for foreigners before getting a marriage license in the Philippines. It can be obtained from the foreigner’s respective embassy. In Korean embassy, reservations aren’t needed for the interview, the couple may go directly to the embassy once all the requirements are ready.
Please note: Original medical certificate with hospital letter head, original NBI clearance or criminal record certificate and original certificate of employment must also be submitted together with the basic documents if the couple met through matchmaking agencies.
Click HERE for the Korean Embassy in the Philippines website.
Few months before our interview last November 3, Danny and I compiled all our pictures and letters since the first time we were together up to the present in one craftily-made album. We were planning to show it to the consul so it may be easier to explain how we met and how long we have been dating. We’ve heard from our friends and read on the internet that many couples just met for few days thru matchmakers and immediately decided to marry.
We came to Manila, all the way from Davao, for the interview and stayed at a cousin’s apartment where it’s not so far from the embassy.
View from the apartment’s elevator is the Cultural Center of the Philppines.
The next morning, we left the apartment at almost 8am and arrived at the embassy at 8:50am. There were not so many people unlike in NBI, LTO or NSO and the queue wasn’t that slow either.
We filled up some forms – affidavit and sworn statement in English and Korean, attached the requirements and submitted to the Filipino officer sitting near the entrance door, he checked the documents and gave us a priority number. Then, we proceeded to window 1 for the final checking by a Korean staff. She scanned through documents and asked us to come back at 2:30pm for the interview.
We went out of the embassy and walked up going to SM Aura, ate lunch, looked around, shopped a little, and went back to the embassy at 1:30pm via taxi costed Php50. There were 17 couples who were scheduled to have the interview on that day.
At exactly 2:30pm, they called out all the Koreans to come in at the interview room 1. While waiting, I had a talk with other Filipino wives-to-be. Some of them came from far-flung areas of Tuguegarao and Samar. But many of them met their Korean spouses few days before the interview thru their relatives or friends. Or maybe that’s the story they wanted to tell. I don’t know!
At 3:30pm, one by one came out from the room. Danny was asked 3 or 4 questions only. After all the Koreans were interviewed, then the Filipinos’ turn to go in the room. The room is small and non-aircon. The Korean consul was seated in front with a pile of papers on his desk. He looked rather tired and dismayed. When everyone was seated, his first question was “What is marriage?” and called the first applicant on top of the pile. A lady in her early 30s met the Korean just A DAY before the interview and begged the consul to give her the legal capacity ‘cause she’s already too old not to get married. Seriously?! tsk! Everyone in the room was called except me but I didn’t bother to ask where my application is. Hehe. And so, the consul continued discouraging us but in the end, he decided to give everyone the legal capacity certificate. The album which we worked hard on wasn’t very useful anyhow. 😦
It was almost 6pm when we went out of the room. We then proceeded to window 3, paid Php90 and got the certificate. Yay!
First step done, now we can apply for the marriage license.
Effective April 1, 2016, schedule for application and interview for legal capacity is every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays only.
- 8:30 to 11:00 am – application time
- 2:30 pm – interview (same day)
- Address: 122 Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1634, Philippines
- Telephone Number: (63-2) 856-9210
- Website: http://embassy_philippines.mofa.go.kr/
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:30pm
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Last Updated: June 2016