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Good Morning Martin,
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There is no restriction on you both having a civil partnership provided you can both verify your respective identities, so there is no problem on this front.
Once you have been partnered then your partner will have to make an application for a civil partner's visa. The criteria for obtaining this is as follows:-
The application will have to be supported by evidence proving the above eligiblity criteria. I have suggested basic documents above, but the list is not exhaustive.
He will also have to pass and english language test showing he has a basic command of spoken and listening English. He can find out approved test providers in her area by contacting the UKBA.
He will need to apply for settlement (ie. spouses visa) by using form FLR(M) Settlement, available for download from UKBA's website.
It would be best for either a solicitor in the UK to prepare it in consultation with both you and your wife before submitting it.
It would cost around £800-1000+vat for a solicitor to prepare it on your behalf, or around £300+vat for them to check it. They can prepare it before you leave so that once you are married she can submit it straight away.
You can find Uk immigration solicitors through the following Law Society Website search engine:-
The UKBA aims to reach a decision on all applications within 6-8 weeks of submission.
He will receive a visa for a period of 27 months. Once he has been here for 24 months and you are still together as civil partners he will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain here so that he can live here free from immigration time restrictions. 12 months after that he can apply to naturalise as a UK citizen provided he meets the eligibility criteria and thereafter obtain a UK passport if he so wishes.
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i notice some of this is relating to man /woman relationships do the same things apply to civil partnerships
he has not broken his visa terms but he did take two months away from studies at an english school to visit a very sick relative is this ok
we are very much above board so hopefully wont have problems
wot you are saying is we can have civil partnership then sort out some legalities after
It applies to civil partners as well - the specific eligiblity is taken from the UKBA guidance on their website.
Provided his time away from the country did not impact on his attendance to a sufficiently detrimental degree that the college/ukba took enforcement action then he will be fine. He should explain the absence in this supporting statements in the applicaiton though.
Previously, foreign nationals wishing to marry in the UK had to apply for a certificate of approval from the UKBA in order to marry. This was required by the registry office before marriage could be affected but it has now been abolished. All that is require is for you to verify your identities before the ceremony. They will walk you through it.
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