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The following is information for U.S. citizens who are planning to marry a Kyrgyz citizen in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Marriage in the Kyrgyz Republic
American diplomatic and consular officers are not permitted to perform marriages. International marriages in the Kyrgyz Republic are performed by the “ZAGS” (tel.: 287996, 287808) marriage registration office located at the corner of Jumabeka (former Ivanitsina) and Abdrakhmanova (former Sovetskyaya) Streets in Bishkek. Marriages which are legally performed and valid in the Kyrgyz Republic are also legally valid in the United States.
In order to perform a marriage between an American citizen and a national of the Kyrgyz Republic, ZAGS requires the following documentation:
- Valid passport,
- Original birth certificates,
- Original divorce decrees and/or original death certificates if applicable, and
- An affidavit from the U.S. Embassy stating that the U.S. citizen is free to marry.
- Any documents that are not in Russian should also have original certified translations.
The Affidavit of Free to Marry can be acquired at the Consular Section. This service is performed by appointment only. Click here to make an appointment for notarial services. The fee for this service is $50.00. The affidavit obtained from the U.S. Embassy must be authenticated at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic at 10 Togolok Moldo Street, Bishkek. The authentication service fee is 300 soms and is available from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from Monday through Friday, except Wednesday (ask for Chief or employee of Legal Section). The fee should be paid at the “Aiyl Bank” affiliate at 50 Pushkin Str., Bishkek. The waiting period for the authentication is one week. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers expedited processing of documents in 3 days for 600 som.
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
After the valid marriage has been concluded by ZAGS and the marriage certificate issued, U.S. Citizens can file the I-130 Petition for their spouse, with a USCIS office in the United States. For application forms and more details please visit USCIS webpage.
U.S. Immigrant Visa
Applicants with an approved I-130 petition must get a U.S. immigrant visa in order to be able to enter the United States. For more information on immigrant visas, please see U.S. Embassy Bishkek’s immigrant visa webpage.