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Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby OffRoader » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:00 pm

If you marry a Cambodian you are legally allowed citizenship after three years. I understand that it’s not as easy as that, but it is the law.

After three years of marriage, and you’re in the family book and are registered living together, you should be able to apply with the Ministry of Interior.

What hurdles would one face, and how to overcome them? (Without spending $10k)
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby PSD_Kiwi » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:31 pm

I posted this information recently on another thread.


Info for anyone considering attempting to apply via the marriage route...

You need to go to the General Department of Identification in Chbar Ampouv and get your application forms.

Together with two copies of the application form you will need the following documents (one original, one copy):

1. Residence certificate (Sangkat)
2. Attitude certificate (Sangkat)
3. Spouses agreement letter (Sangkat + signed by two witnesses)
4. Health certificate (cheapest at any local hospital)
5. Birth certificate (English)
6. Criminal background check (both from Ministry of Justice and your country)
7. Marriage certificate (+ authorisation to marry letter from the Ministry of Interior, although this is not mentioned in the application form)
8. Job certificate/ employment letter (if applicable)
9. Copy of passport (+ visa, although it is not mentioned in the application form)
10. 10 x passport photos
11. Other relevant documents in support of your application ie. Children's birth certificates, Carnet de residence, family book, etc.

You have to submit your docs at the mentioned General Dept of Identification, use the entrance on the right (Nationality), go up to the second floor, turn right, turn left, it´s the second office at your right then). Don´t forget to wear dress appropriately (trousers, collared shirt, shoes), otherwise the guard at the gate won´t let you in.

If everything is in order, there is a $500 application fee (yet to be confirmed whether this is actually the official fee).
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby Kachang » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:00 pm

OffRoader wrote:If you marry a Cambodian you are legally allowed citizenship after three years. I understand that it’s not as easy as that, but it is the law.

After three years of marriage, and you’re in the family book and are registered living together, you should be able to apply with the Ministry of Interior.

What hurdles would one face, and how to overcome them? (Without spending $10k)


First one: check if your country allows another citizenship in your situation. You might lose your original citizenship.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby Lucky Lucan » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:54 pm

I don't think I ever heard of anyone here getting citizenship through marriage. As far as I know you have to be of exceptionally good service to the country in deeds, culture or financial investment. 8-)
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby raendi » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:30 am

OffRoader wrote:After three years of marriage, and you’re in the family book and are registered living together, you should be able to apply with the Ministry of Interior.

Should be also speak khmer little.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby Miguelito » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:57 am

PSD_Kiwi wrote:2. Attitude certificate (Sangkat)
3. Spouses agreement letter (Sangkat + signed by two witnesses)


What is an attitude certificate? And a spouses agreement letter?
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby YaTingPom » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:22 am

The authorities chat to you for an hour and if you don’t mention Trump you pass.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby vladimir » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:34 pm

Miguelito wrote:
PSD_Kiwi wrote:2. Attitude certificate (Sangkat)
3. Spouses agreement letter (Sangkat + signed by two witnesses)


What is an attitude certificate? And a spouses agreement letter?


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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby Alexandra » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:41 pm

Miguelito wrote:What is an attitude certificate?


It's a paper from the commune chief stating that you're a valuable asset who doesn't cause trouble.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby OffRoader » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:49 am

Miguelito wrote:
PSD_Kiwi wrote:2. Attitude certificate (Sangkat)
3. Spouses agreement letter (Sangkat + signed by two witnesses)


What is an attitude certificate? And a spouses agreement letter?


Yea these two are strange. PSD, do you know what they are?
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby PSD_Kiwi » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:39 pm

To be honest I've never come across these documents, I will attempt to obtain samples of each when in town and post here.

That checklist is a translation of the checklist given out by the Dept of Identification.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby OffRoader » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:52 pm

PSD_Kiwi wrote:To be honest I've never come across these documents, I will attempt to obtain samples of each when in town and post here.

That checklist is a translation of the checklist given out by the Dept of Identification.


Thanks, appreciate it.

I presume everything should be accompanied with an official translation?

And where can I find the official application?
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby PSD_Kiwi » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:06 pm

As i said in my first reply, you can obtain the application forms from the Department of Identification in Chbar Ampouv, it's on Google Maps.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby Albro » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:09 pm

Lucky Lucan wrote:I don't think I ever heard of anyone here getting citizenship through marriage. As far as I know you have to be of exceptionally good service to the country in deeds, culture or financial investment. 8-)


Maybe because the required income to get married in Cambodia as a foreigner is so high.

Dont know if you can bribe around it.
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Re: Cambodia citizenship through marriage

Postby PSD_Kiwi » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:16 pm

Albro wrote:
Maybe because the required income to get married in Cambodia as a foreigner is so high.

Dont know if you can bribe around it.


It's only $2500 per mth, not that much.

No need to bribe, you just need to submit a letter from an employer stating your monthly income, doesn't need to be true, could even be a fake employer, the MoI don't check... unless it's a Cambodian employer, they might check, in that case you could ask your employer to exaggerate your monthly salary on the letter and to confirm that if the MoI contact them.
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