What is a certified marriage certificate
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:10:18 pm »
I am confused as to whether the Certified Copy of Statement of Marriage (Long Form) can be used in place of the Marriage Certificate (File Size) for marriage in Ontario.
I am sponsoring my wife for immigration as we recently got married on Feb 18, 2012 in Ontario. We applied for an expedited marriage certificate and we checked "Long Form" thinking it would be the more detailed version and that CIC would have preferred that. We just received it today (2.5 weeks later) but I noticed that all it is is a photocopy of the Marriage Licence filled out, with the Registrar General's signature filled in and dated. On the top of the certificate, it says
"Certified A True Photostatic Print of a Record on file at the Office of the Registar General Ontario, Canada". It has a certificate number and a stamp/signature of the Registar General at the bottom.
Some people on the forum say that the "Long Form" is acceptable while on another forum it says that this is not accepted by CIC and that it is not really a Marriage Certificate.
Personally I don't see why they need to be picky as it has all our information/signature/witnesses' signatures and proof that the marriage was registered..
Could someone please clarify if I can send in the Certified Copy of Statement of Marriage? If not I'd have to go request the "File Size" again, which could delay the process again.Source: www.canadavisa.com