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Is it true that the UK government will give more credence to

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Is it true that the UK government will give more credence to a marriage in Hong Kong between a UK national and a Filipina, as opposed to a marriage in the Philippines between a UK national and a Filipina, if the newly married couple are to apply for a visa for the wife when traveling to the UK?
Hi

Thanks for your patience.

Basically provided the marriage is legally binding in the country in which it is carried out then the marriage will be regarded as being legally binding by the UKBA. Which is to say that the UKBA will not distinguish between the two.

A person is either legally married or they are not. There are not degrees to which a person is married.

So, if a marriage occurs in the foreign country then it will binding provided that it is carried out in accordance with the form required or recognised as sufficient
by the law of the country where the marriage was carried out.

Basically, if the marriage is legally binding in the country where they marriage was carried out then it will be legally binding in the UK.

Marriage carried out in the Philippines in this way will be held just as legally binding as a marriage carried out this way in Hong Kong.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

An additional question that I have, is:


 


Would the only way my wife be able to visit any Shengen country without having to apply for a visa, be when she is already a UK citizen?

Hi,

I believe so, but you may consider checking with the immigration authorities for the individual countries.

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