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hello i am a gay man i am white and born in the uk wales.

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i am a gay man i am white and born in the uk wales. i have met and have a relationship with a chinese guy and we would very much like to commit to a civil partnership. i am struggling to the correct pathways to start the process and continue it throught hopefully to a successful conclusion.. i was also wondering if my partner would have to travel to china to complete the process (not ideal given the chinese overall view of homosexuality) please help i have done some research on internet but am still confused thanks martin

Hi Martin

Thanks for your question.

To enable me to answer your question could you please respond to the following:-

  • 1. What is his immigration status in this country please

Kind regards.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
He is on a temporary student visa which he needs to renew in august

I'm now out for the evening unfortunatley and on my phone.

Will be able to answer at 1000 bst tomorrow.

Can you tell me what tier visa it is and for how long it was granted please

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
One year tier 4

I will be able to help

Kind regards

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ok thanks


Good Morning Martin,


Thanks for your reply.


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:-

  • § you are married to or the civil partner of a person who is present and settled in the UK (certificate);
  • § you and your husband, wife or civil partner will both be at least 21 years old (Birth certificate/passports;
  • § you have met your husband, wife or civil partner (correspondence, shared bank accounts/utilitiy bills/tenancy agreement/, photos;
  • § you have not remained in the UK in breach of the immigration laws (evidence of his current visa)
  • § your marriage or civil partnership did not take place after a decision was made to deport or remove you from the UK (statements made by him confirming that he has remained here legally and has not breach the terms of his visa;
  • § you and your husband, wife or civil partner intend to live together permanently as husband and wife or as civil partners, and the marriage or civil partnership is existing and genuine (not a 'marriage of convenience', for example) (statements, evidenc e of accomodation where you shall both live
  • § you have adequate accommodation where you and your dependants can live exclusively and without help from public funds (evidence of accomodation (land registry official copies or tenancy agreement)
  • § both of you will be able to maintain yourselves and any dependants adequately without needing public funds. (bank statements going back 6 months showing the income/capital you will have availble to you + a budget of monthly income and outgoings show that you will be solvent.

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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Kind regards,


Customer: replied 6 years ago.

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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Kind regards,


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