How to Get Married in Cuba (Guide for United States Citizens)
Overview of the Cuban Marriage Process
- Download our simplified Cuban marriage package
- Scan & email your documents to us for a review
- Courier your package to our office (you will find our address in the kit)
- Receive your documents by courier
Related Application & Information
- Canadian Citizen Cuban Marriage Page
- What is proof single status for marriage abroad?
- Cuban marriage information in Spanish
Step by Sstep guide to getting your Cuban marriage papers with Immigroup’s help
- Download our PDF kit
- Fill out the forms
- Make copies of the following documents
- Long Form Birth Certificate (listing your parents' names)
- US Passport
- Single Status Declaration
- Scan and email (or fax) these documents to our office for review: EMAIL [email protected] or FAX 416-640-2650
- Once we have reviewed all your documents, and we contact you, mail your package to us (address will be provided at the time of review or use address on our order from)
- We will do the following for you:
- Translate all documents to Spanish
- Certify all documents with a Notary Public
- Authenticate the documents – at both the State & Federal levels
- Legalize the documents at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC
- We will courier your documents to you
FAQs & Troubleshooting for American-Cuban Marriage
American-Cuban Marriage Basic Overview Questions
Marriage to a Cuban Citizen – Basic Overview for American Citizens
Each nation has its own laws which apply to nationals marrying a person from a different country. Marrying a citizen of Cuban with the aim of later bringing your pouse to United States to live is a complicated procedure with many different parts. The government of Cuba imposes strict requirements on foreigners who marry Cubans to discourage Cuban citizens from emigrating to other countries.
All foreign nationals must apply for official Cuban government permission to get married to a citizen of Cuba. The foreigner must prove to Cuban government officials
- that they are not currently married to another person - either the foreigner is still single or all divorces have been finalized
- that they are who they say they are (proof of identity), and
- that the foreigner has never committed any crimes in Cuba.
You can prove you are single and free to marry by providing certain documents, most importantly an Affidavit of Single Status to the Cuban government either in Cuba or via the Cuban embassy in Washington.
If you want to bring your new Cuban spouse to live with you in the United States, you must do a second step with US immigration. You will at some point need to contact an immigration attorney. If you need a referral, please indicate this request on our order form.
How long does it take to get my Cuban Marriage documents so I can get married in Cuba?
Once you have found all the necessary documents, it usually takes 2-4 weeks for the Cuban marriage papers to be authenticated and legalized for use in Cuba. *Covid-19 timelines are 2.5 to 3 months.
What other Cuban marriage fees can I expect?
- Courier costs for individuals living outside of United States – this usually only happens if you have already left United States and need the documents delivered to where you are. (For example: if you have already travelled to Cuba Cuba.)
- International birth certificate support from Immigroup – this only happens if you were born outside the US and need your birth certificate (please note, we do not offer this service for all countries).
- Expediting missing documents (i.e. birth certificates).
Application Questions - American-Cuban Marriage
American-Cuban Marriage Basic Document Requirements
If you want to marry a Cuban citizen, you must prove to the government of Cuba that you are qualify to do so. You must provide the following:
- Proof of country of birth (a birth certificate authenticated and legalized)
- Proof of single status (an affidavit of single status duly authenticated and legalized)
- Proof of age requirement (an ID with your birth date).
As you might expect in a communist country, marriage in Cuba is a bureaucratic process with all sorts rules you have to follow. Just about anyone can get married in Cuba, regardless of nationality or country of residence, as long as you can follow the rules and provide the correct documentation. As the American, i.e. the foreign partner, in the marriage, Cuba requires you to have the following:
- Long Form Birth Certificate ("long form" means a birth certificate showing your parents' names).
- Proof of marital status if you are single. As an American that means drafting and signing a witnessed Affidavit of Single Status. Alternatively, you try to have one executed one at your local government of United States office abroad in Cuba, which would be the American embassy in Havana. But we strongly recommend you do this in your home state.
- If you are widowed, you will need both both your old marriage certificate and the death certificate for your deceased spouse.
- If you are divorced, you will need your divorce certificate. You cannot be merely separated if you want to marry in Cuba.
- A valid passport and your Cuban tourist card and/or Cuban visa.
It's extremely important to remember that all these documents, or certified or notarized copies of the documents, must be translated into Spanish and then legalized (i.e. accepted for use in Cuba) at the Cuban diplomatic mission in United States nearest you. You should really should make sure this is done before you travel to Cuba for the wedding.
In order to get married in Cuban, your Cuban fiance will require the following:
- His or her Cuban identity card;
- If they are divorced, they will need to provide their divorce certificate or a notarized copy of it - There are special rules for females who are divorced: if the divorce less than 300 days ago, then she will need a medical certificate that states whether or not she is pregnant;
- If your Cuban partner is widowed, they will need to provide both their marriage certificate and their deceased spouse’s death certificate.
For marriages in Cuba, if you, the foreigner, are unable to actually attend the marriage ceremony due to travel restrictions imposed by the US government, you may appoint a representative through the Cuban Embassy in United States. This grants the representative the legal ability to represent you at your wedding by means of a notarized letter in United States, which is then legalized by the Cuban Embassy, and mailed to Cuba. This representative only has to be an adult, and can be either gender regardless of your gender. The representative can be of any nationality, too.
In order to to represent you in the wedding, your representative must give the Cuban authorities the following information about themselves:
- Full name;
- Place of birth;
- Marital status;
- Identity card if Cuban or Passport if foreigner.
In Cuba, your civil marriage will take place at a an office run by the Justice Ministry of Cuba named Consultoría Juridica Internacional, S. A. In Havana there are two locations, located at the following addresses:
- 108 22nd street – between Avenida Primera and Avenida Tercera – in Miramar, Municipality Playa, Havana, Cuba
- 23rd street, and J street, El Vedado, Municipality Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, Cuba
Be sure to arrive at their offices with all the above-listed documentation plus at least 2 adult witnesses who are not related to either you or your Cuban partner. (No immediate family membesr!) They should also be functionally fluent in Spanish, and must give the following information:
- their first and last names;
- their addresses
- their Identity card numbers or (passport numbers if foreigners) along with residency permit numbers or tourist card numbers (if applicable).
There are several marriage fees as well as a stamp fee. Once completed, you will be given 3 copies of your marriage certificate.
Can I get married in an alternative country (Ex. the Dominican Republic)?
Yes, but the Cuban marriage papers will still need to be done if you’re planning to move with your partner to the United States.
Questions about Cuba
What is the salary in Cuba?
Salaries are much lower in Cuba than they are in the United States. You guessed it! That's because Cuba is a communist country. Because of communism, there also isn't much variance between salaries. Though the average wage is about $5 a month there is a very small salary variation between unskilled and skilled laborers. For example, an unskilled labourer may make as much as $17 while a a brain surgeon may make as a little as $22 a month. Because taxis in Cuba are paid using Cuba's so-called "convertible peso" which is tied to and equivalent to your U.S. dollar, a university professor in Cuba who earns $40 per month will have to pay half his his monthly salary to get to the university from the city (Havana) if he chooses to use a cab. A taxi driver can earn half of professor’s monthly salary within a 45 minutes ride. In the Caribbean nation of 11 million, education and health care are free or nearly free, but the cost of putting food on the table is a real problem.
Cubans who have access to American currency or even convertible pesos - those who work in tourism or who have relatives overseas - can spend it to supplement their incomes. But millions of Cubans have no such access - they are paid in Cuban money, which is of little value. And sometimes they have to pay for services in converitble pesos.
President Raul Castro's government has trimmed state payrolls and allowed a few crowd-pleasing changes like allowing Cubans to stay in hotels that once were only for foreigners but life is still quite hard.
My Cuban partner works at a resort and at some point the resort will find out about the relationship with me (Cuba nationals working on a resort are forbidden to become romantically involved with a foreigner) and they will lose their job. What will happen if this situation occurs? Is there anything I should be aware of?
A resort job is one of the best jobs in Cuba, those at a resort sometimes get paid better then doctors. If your partner works at a resort and loses their job because of your relationship, you are expected to financially support them until they can find a new job or until you are able to bring them to the US. The amount of money that you send your partner as support is up to you but USD$100 per month is a lot of money for Cubans.
Weddings in Cuba
Can I have a simple wedding at the local Cuban city hall?
Yes, but we strongly recommend that you at least have a few witnesses attend. This is because we will need to fill a Family Class Sponsorship Application and one of the supporting documents will be photos of the marriage. It will make your case somewhat weak if only two people are in the photo.
You don’t need to fly in 30 of your family and friends for this event, but a nice local Cuban party at your loved ones family home would become proof of the validity of your relationship.
How do I get married in Cuba?
A major advantage of having your wedding at a hotel or resort as they will do most of the arrangements for you. Simply contact the resort or hotel and notify them of your wedding plans and they will give you a list of requirements that you would have to send them. They will do most of the registration and preparation for you.
Immigroup’s relationship with you
What can Immigroup representatives do for you?
Immigroup representatives will deal with the government on your behalf. Their job is to make sure they are filing a complete application and do as much of the work for you as possible.
How much experience does Immigroup have with Cuban marriage?
We have been around since 2004 and have been doing Cuban marriage services since 2005. We are the first Canadian company offering this service and have done more Cuban Marriage then we can count.
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