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To enable me to answer your question could you please respond to the following:-
Where did you actually marry?
Thanks again. One more quesition - is this a visitor's visa application for your wife for Spain or UK?
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I am at a bit of a loss to explain why the UKBA are asking for a form of documentation provided in the UK. If you married outside the UK in Cuba and received a marriage certificate then this is legal proof of your marriage.
Persons need not marry again in the UK in order for a marriage to be binding here. If the marriage certificate has been notarised then this should absolutely be sufficient for the purposes of a visa application. The only thing I can think of is if it is not in English and has not been translated. If this is the case then you should contact the UKBA for a list of their approved translator companies and attend to the translation and submit both with the application. I would submit it with the application and a covering letter explaining that you married in Cuba and did not have a marriage ceremony in the UK but that in any event the Cuban marriage is binding all the same. The crucial criteria with visitor's visa application is to prove that the stay is only temporary and that the visitor has access to sufficient funds and accommodation such that they would not need to access public funds. Provided she meets this criteria I would be very surprised if the application was not approved.
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