The application referred to by the Deputy, for a Certificat de Coutume (civil letter of freedom), was received in the Consular Section on 24 June, 2014.
As my Department receives a large number of applications for such certificates we request that applications be submitted no later than four months before the date of the intended marriage to allow sufficient time for processing
I understand that the application concerned was only received six weeks before the date of the intended marriage.
I further understand that the applicant has been in contact, on numerous occasions, with the Consular Section of my Department and has been assured that while the application is late, it will be processed in time for his marriage provided all the necessary paperwork is in order.
I am advised that this application is currently being processed and, if everything is in order, the certificate will be issued to the applicant by registered post within the next two weeks.