You are to have the civil partnership ceremony in the US and have it registered there - is this correct?
Yes that is correct. We plan to undergo a civil partnership ceremony in Connecticut and then apply to have it recognised in the UK with a view to my partner and I ultimately living at my UK abode.
Right. But will you receive your civil partnership certificate in the US once you have completed the ceremony?
This is the legal document confirming your status as civil partners. This is the important document. Some states under state law permit these certificates, some don't.
Yes we will. Civil partnership is permitted in Connecticut and the ceremony is presided over by a J.P
Great. That means you should receive your Certificate of Civil Partnership following the ceremony. This is the equivalent of a Marriage Certificate and you can use it to apply for a spouses visa (settlement) to the UK.
The UKBA do not permit any applications to be made when a person is on a visitor's visa and they are very strict about that.
Your partner will have to apply for settlement here once the ceremony has been completed. The eligibility criteria for obtaining a spouses visa is as follows,
You will have to show:-
You will see that I have put common documents submitted with such applications in brackets, but there is no exhaustive list and you should include and refer to any document you consider may be relevant. There is also a UKBA document which may assist:-
They will also have to demonstrate that they can speak and understand very basis English. You can see how to do this here:-
It would be best for a UK solicitor to prepare the application prior to your marriage to appraise you of the merits of your case and organise it so that you have the best chance of success without the need to appeal a rejection by the UKBA. it would cost around £700-1000+VAT. You can find immigration solicitors near you here:-
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