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Hi Thanks for the answer on the financial side of things, but could I please get your answer on the Civil Partnership for heterosexual couples?
I have read
January 2013 IMMIGRATION DIRECTORATE INSTRUCTIONS
SECTION 2 Civil Partnerships
which is aimed at same sex couples which states that Uniao Estavel is valid, but would this be the same for opposite sex couples?
I personally think if valid for same sex it should be valid for opposite sex as long as it is valid in the country that issued it (Brazil - which it is)
I have seen conflicting info?? Can me and my partner apply as civil partners?
I take it that you have not been living together for at least 2 years?
The Civil Partnership should be accepted regardless of gender if it is legal in the country in which it was registered. if you have shared financial responsibilities or bank accounts then this also helps to show that the relationship is genuine and subsisting - especially useful if the relationship is fairly recent.
The confusion is caused due to registration of a Civil Partnership only being for same-sex couples IN THE UK. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 states that a same-sex overseas civil partnership is not accepted (section 216 of http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/33/part/5/chapter/2). This can cause confusion but I have checked with the Home Office in case anything has changed and been informed that the Civil Partnership WILL be accepted.
Your Civil Partnership was registered outside the UK and the requirement should be that it is legally recognised in the country in which it was registered. This does not mean that whoever assesses your application might not be confused about this for the reasons stated.
The point is that the relationship should be genuine and subsisting and so a Certificate of Civil Partnership should be accepted if this is a legal recognition of your relationship in Brazil. You should still provide other evidence such as joint accounts and evidence of living together where possible to confirm that the relationship is genuine and subsisting.
Thanks for the reply. That is good news.
No we have not been living together 2 years, we have known each other since October 2010 but only started a relationship in January 2012 and our Civil Partnership was May this year. We lived together in the UK for 6 months (student visitor visa I sponsored her for) last years and from Dec 12 - Jun 13 in Brazil.
The Uniao Estavel is indeed recognised in Brazil. It is common for couples who don't necessarily want to get married or who can't (ie same sex couples) to have a Uniao Estavel. I have actually entered into a visa application in Brazil on the basis of it - although plans have since changed :)
Is there somewhere on the home office website that I can print out to put in the application stating it will be accepted as to try and point the application processor in the right direction. Or should I write a letter with the application stating about the uniao estavel?
We have joint bills from the time in the UK and a joint uk account, but it wasn't used much as she wasn't allowed to work. But I have a joint council tax and water bill from her time there and which is still in our names now. From my time in Brazil, we don't have much joint stuff as I wasn't allowed to open a bank account as you can't without residency and also we were staying at her family home so bills not in either of our name. But maybe I will get a letter from her mum stating we stayed there.
Hopefully that will be enough? (along with the mountains of other paperwork they want)
So I take it from your answer the application date is from is when submitted online, not from the date application and evidence is handed in at the Visa office?
If so I will delay until a week on tuesday when I will have been in the job a day. Agreed the rules are ridiculous. Thanks for the help again. On favourable acceptance of my visa I will look to give you a bonus for your assistance on here.
Hi, I think I have read everything and have everything correct I have...
New job offer letter
New job contract
New job Start date
New job relocation policy (they pay rent for me)
Last 6m payslips from last job I had (2012)
Corresponding bank statements to above payslips
Confirmation of my redundancy, start date and salary of last role.
Letter from my step dad who is also my landlord stating he supports application and we can continue staying at his house plus his mortgage statement
Notarised letter my step dad wrote in support of my Brazilian visa application.
English exam - Cambridge FCE at B2 level
Entry to above exam
Cert from English school
Phone statement from Jan 12 to May 12 (we have lived together after that)
Various flights for me and her visits to and from UK/Brazil
2 life insurance policies in brazil, 1 in my name 1 in hers, 1 with her as beneficiary and other with me as beneficiary
last 6m bank statements
appendix 2 of the application form
letter from her mum saying we stayed at her home from dec 12 - jun 13
copy of my passport and brzil entry stamps.
copy of my driving license confirming my uk address (same property my step dad saying we can stay at)
Birth cert x 2
History of relationship and explain our plans. 1 from me 1 from her
civil partnership cert
civil partnership translation
copy of printout from HO website showing uniao estavel valid
2 uk water bills in joint names
M&S credit card joint account
2 joint bank account statements
Hopefully that's enough? :)
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