An adult Nigerian citizen aspiring to marry a foreign spouse abroad may be required by the authorities of that country to provide document(s) indicating their legal capacity to engage in a contract marriage. For this purpose, the Nigerian Mission in the country where you reside may authenticate affidavit of bachelorhood/spinsterhood obtained from a high court in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Mission can authenticate a letter of no objection or bachelorhood certificate duly attested to from Nigeria. It can also issue a Statutory Declaration to Nigerians who have live abroad for acceptable length of time to enable marriage to a foreigner as required by host country authorities, subject to sufficient grounds to issue such a declaration. The Nigerian marriage aspirant should possess valid passport and visa.
Other requirements may apply, depending on the country of residence. It takes approximately 7 days for the mission to authenticate the documents obtained from Nigeria.
While the Nigerian mission may attest to marriage between a Nigerian and a non-Nigerian in a foreign country, such may not automatically qualify such non- Nigerian spouse of a Nigerian to permanent residency in Nigeria. Obtaining a visa or residence permit is a separate process.
For Nigerian marrying Nigerian in a foreign country, please note that the process is easier done in Nigeria and then certificate obtained from the Federal Ministry of Interior can be legalized in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then Authenticated in the Nigerian mission in the foreign country for recognition/use with the host country authorities if required.