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Do I need resident permit to get married in Poland? submitted by Jason246 in Legal advice

I am an asylum seeker(from Nigeria) currently living in Germany, me and my girlfriend wants to get married in Poland in 3months.

Please, would I need to have a resident permit or visa to be able to get married in Poland? Because I do not have and I don’t want to worsen my problem.
Thanks for your help.

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by Thor (Wefugees)

Hello @Jason246

As an asylum seeker you are not allowed to leave Germany for the duration of your asylum procedure. If you get a residence permit for Germany you will also receive a blue passport that allows you to travel visa-free to a lot of European countries including Poland.

So, as a refugee (not an asylum seeker) you can marry in Poland if you fulfil all the requirements. It can be that you need a special visa to enter Poland if you want to marry there. I don’t know about the exact ruling, so probably it’s best that you get in touch with Polish authorities once you are allowed to travel.

Best regards,
Thorgen

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Hi Thor. Thanks for your message. I wanted to be sure if I will be able to get married in Poland without me having a visa/resident permit to be in Poland? I have visited my girlfriend in Poland in November 2017. And we thought it will be easier and faster to get married in Poland but I need to be sure if I can without visa or residence permit. I only have my country’s passport and other documents .
Jason246
But you are an asylum seeker in the asylum procedure, right? That means that you can't go to Poland anyway because you are obliged to stay in Germany until further notice. Maybe you can ask Ausländerbehörde for an exceptional permission.
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Yes I am. My social told me I don’t need resident/visa to get married in Poland but he’s not sure. He also said me going to Poland is at my own risk.

So I’m thinking to go to Poland for the wedding that’s when I’m sure I don’t need resident permit/visa to get married in Poland . Or I begin a process of having the wedding done here in Germany just that I am afraid to give in my passport in Germany as that may effect my Deportation as my asylum claim as not been decided yet .

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I think your social worker is right: You probably don't need a residence permit (at least I haven't about any rule like that) and no visa. But as I said, you should get in contact with Polish authorities (for example the registry office) to find out about the law in detail. Going to Poland is at your own risk because (as I said above) technically you are not allowed to leave Germany. You might not get caught, but if it happens you are in trouble.
Thor (Wefugees)
Of course you can try to marry in Germany as well. Handing in your passport only gets risky in case Ausländerbehörde wants to deport you after a negative decision on your asylum application. You won't get deported before the end of your asylum procedure just by giving them your passport. But of course I understand your concerns: once they have the passport it's way easier to deport you in case you don't get refugee protection
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Yea. My girlfriend called the registry office she said they said I only need passport, birth certificate and letter of impediment that I’ve never been married. Thanks for your time and advice Thor.

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You're welcome :)
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Hello Thor. Sorry to border you again.
Please as an asylum seeker in Germany, can I and my girlfriend apply for any form of visa or travel card for me to be able to enter Poland for the purpose of getting married ?? Thank you.

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