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Dear Sir/Madam,
Me and my wife are asylum seekers from Turkey in Germany. We got married with a religious ceremony in Turkey. We couldn't get married officially to not arrest in the official process. Our asylum application has not yet been end up. I want to know whether this situation which I mentioned above may cause a problem or not. The other question is how we can marry in Germany. Is it possible legally? Which institution we will apply? Of course the Turkish Embassy will not help us. Thank you in advance. Best regards.
asked Nov 15, 2017 in Legal advice by sb (110 points)

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Hello @sb and welcome to our community!

A religious marriage is not sufficient to be recognized in Germany. You need to have valid documents like a certificate of marriage that you only get through a formal wedding.

This has implications for the asylum procedure because you are not married to each other from a legal point of view. It basically means that both your cases will be treated as if they were not related to each other.

Also, there are a few rights that won’t be granted to you:

For example, if a married couple applies for asylum and one of the spouses receives an Aufenthaltsgestattung, then his/her partner won’t get deported till the procedure is finished. As a non-married couple you only have this right if you have a child together.

Furthermore the so-called “Familienasyl” doesn’t apply to you. It means that your family will receive a refugee status automatically if they come to Germany and if you were already recognized as a refugee. But you’d need to be married for that.

Besides, you have no right to family reunion if you are not married or related to each other. But that doesn’t seem to be that important right now because both of you are already here in Germany.

To answer your second question:

Marriage in Germany is possible for you if you can provide the required documents like valid passports. You have to get in contact with your competent Standesamt (registry office) and ask them what papers you need to hand in exactly. We had similar questions about this topic here in the community recently. Please check out the information in this thread:

I hope this answer was helpful to you.

Best regards,
answered Nov 17, 2017 by Thor (37,870 points)
Dear Thorgen,

Thank you for your helpful answer.

Best regards,
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