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Can a Filipina Get a Divorce in Hong Kong for CENOMAR?

Written by Ariel



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Join John 84 from Instagram have a
question is divorce from another country
example Hong Kong valid to use for
Filipina in the k1 process whose husbandis a
Filipino national I’m not sure
who’s who let me read this again used
for a Filipino in okay so I’m assuming
the Filipina is in is the is the alien
is the person in the Philippines own the
husband is oh I see they’re both so
she’s divorced from a Filipino but she
had the divorce done in Hong Kong
well that divorce will have to be
registered in the Philippines because
she’s gonna have to get a certificate of
no marriage or the CENOMAR or they call
it and so that’s the honk the Hong Kong
divorce you’re gonna have to take that
information that certificate take it
down to the NSO ordinate they renamed it
right it’s not fashion yes Philippine
Statistics Authority you have to take it
right it’s not fashion yes Philippine
Statistics Authority you have to take it
if they accept it and they’ll have their
own criteria of whether they think it’s
valid or not and it was properly done
and once it’s registered then it would
be acceptable they they’ll rest her and
then you can get a CENOMAR but you’re
not going to be able to just walk into
the interview or apply with a just a
Hong Kong divorce is dubious they’re not gonna
recognize it that way until you register
in the Philippines and they will use
their criteria and not the u.s. criteria
the Philippines government will use
their criteria to determine if they’re
going to accept it generally they do if
everything’s on the up-and-up but you
know what we’ve seen in the times we’ve
been doing this we do see people trying
to make an end run around divorces
because they’re so hard to get well you
can’t get a divorce in Philippines you
can get an annulment and it typically
takes a couple years that costs
thousands of dollars and dollars not
pesos and so we’ve seen a lot of people
thousands of dollars and dollars not
pesos and so we’ve seen a lot of people
Bahamas where they got the remote
divorce and and neither one of them went
to the Bahamas but somehow they got a
you know if you if you’re if it’s
something like that going on it’s
probably not gonna work probably not
going to get away with it but if it’s a
legitimate divorce and typically that
means that this the the the prior husband
was sir papers and offered an opportunity to be
involved in the process yes if if she
went somewhere in got a divorce and he
doesn’t even know about it it’s probably
not going to work that’s that’s the
fallacy of a lot of these things people
try so you know I don’t mean to accuse
you of anything I’m just you know you
asked the question I wanted to let you
know what we’ve seen is people trying to
get a third party divorce and on that I
mean in a country that neither one of
you are really from it can be
problematic and so you’re gonna have to
take that divorce decree take it down to
the PSA and if they will recognize it
you’re home free if they won’t you’re
gonna have to do an annulment in the
Philippines or or maybe there’s some
defect in the Hong Kong divorce they’ll
have you correct and then maybe they’ll
recognize it but that would be a
question for the PSA and what’s unclear
is where they’re applying for if the
alien beneficiary is still in Hong Kong
or if they’re back in the Philippines
the reason why I bring that up they’re
back in the Philippines would have
the reason why I bring that up they’re
back in the Philippines would have
the divorce decree we had an RF II where
one came back so it a lot of that also
depends on where she’s at if she’s the
alien beneficiary is still in Hong Kong
more unlikely they probably would accept
it that regardless has been stated you
still have to get that registered
through the PSA and they’re going to
need to get a see no more certificate of
no marriage.

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2 Comments

  • The Philippines citizen cannot file a Divorce, but if the Filipino citizens spouse is a foreigner and the divorce granted he/she should file a Petition for recognition of divorce in phil's.

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