UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

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Re: UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

Postby spaint » 24 Aug 2010, 16:33

What does "depositing" your certificate of marriage mean, anyway? Does it just mean that the registrar's office has a record of your marriage?

It doesn't seem valuable for immigration purposes, or um... any purpose that I can think of, actually.

I'm sure that the "civil partnership" rules would apply in this case anyway, although anyone considering it had better start preparing in advance by (e.g.) getting documents sent to both parties at the same address, co-signing leases, etc.
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Re: UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

Postby Tobiasgar » 30 Aug 2011, 16:37

Never thought that it can be so difficult to marry a Taiwan citizen..Luck your guys :bow:
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Re: UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

Postby CTTA » 27 Mar 2012, 12:33

Found this online:

Explained: Entering the UK as the Taiwanese spouse of a UK citizen

As I announced three weeks ago today, I got married to my wife in lovely Taiwan. What I wasn't sure of though is whether we were actually married in the UK. Having done some research online it appeared that this was not the case, the UK government would not recognise the marriage and we would need to marry again in the UK. Calls to citizens advice and a number of immigration specialists seemed to confirm this.

On the other hand we have a couple of registry officers who claim that as long as the marriage is valid in Taiwan, then it will be accepted here, even if you cannot submit your certificate to the General Register Office (GRO).

Confused now? so was I, and this is important since the type of visa my wife must apply for depends on our marital status in the eyes of the Home Office so I got in touch with the GRO by phone, who couldn't help, but put me through to the UKBA. Phoning them, I explained the situation and this is what the UK Border Agency have to say on the matter:

If a UK citizen marries a Taiwanese citizen in Taiwan, then provided the marriage is legal in Taiwan, it will be accepted in the UK. As such you can apply for a spouses visa.

Posted on 09/02/2012 at 22:03 by Callam McMillan
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Re: UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

Postby Tomthemonkey » 29 Nov 2013, 11:37

I am hoping to marry my Taiwanese partner in the spring when we return to the UK for a visit. The process in the UK seems clear enough. Land with a marriage visa, meet a registrar as early as possible and the 15 days later we are free to marry at any registrars' office in the UK. Then get the certificate authorized in the UK.

However I am unsure about some things on the Taiwanese side once we return. And I haven't been able to find anything on it on this thread.

Is it right that even if we marry in the UK and get the wedding certificate authenticated there I (the British citizen) am still required to present a certificate proving I am single? It seems a little redundant, as at that point I will already be married!

Also, is it correct I need a criminal records check from the UK? And will the certificate I brought with me 2 years ago suffice or do I need a brand new one?

Also my partner says we need to get some certificate in Taiwan before we leave allowing us (her?) to marry overseas. Apparently her work need to see this to allow her the extended leave in order to be able to get everything done in the UK. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Any advice would be gladly received, as currently I am a little puzzled about the whole process!
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Re: UK/Taiwan Marriage. Is it real?

Postby Dr Jellyfish » 29 Nov 2013, 12:16

Criminal background checks don't last that long. I'm not sure if you need the criminal record check for this document, I suspect not, but you'd better get your partner to call the relevant government department and check if you need it. Check what else you need, make sure she writes everything down as they may change requirements from time to time. After you have a full list of everything you should wait 2 or 3 days and phone the same government department up and ask what you need again - check what they say against the first list they gave you. Don't underestimate the level of incompetence here, they will likely mention a few extra things that they did not mention the first time. This happened to me and my wife. We got married in the UK, came back with everything they asked - and they went on to ask for more documents (which we could have easily picked up in the UK, but they never asked for them the first time).

Besides getting the marriage certificate authenticated, it also needs to be stamped by the Taiwanese representative office - there's one in London and one in Edinburgh.
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