Visiting the UK to register a civil partnership
A person who wants to come to the UK for the purpose of registering a civil
partnership (before then returning home) and who meets the required conditions
may apply for leave to enter as a visitor. S/he must show that s/he intends
to give notice of civil partnership, or register within the leave period that
s/he is given. She must also have prior entry clearance that was granted on
the basis that s/he is registering a civil partnership.
Leave to enter will be given for a period of up to six months, subject to
the condition that the person does not take up employment.
Requirements for entry clearance as a visitor
A person who wants to enter the UK as a visitor must be able to prove that
- is coming to the UK for a genuine visit for a limited period not exceeding
six months and intends to leave at the end of that visit (see paragraph
- does not intend to take employment in the UK; and
- does not intend to produce or sell goods or provide services within the
- does not intend to study at a state school; and
- has a return ticket or is able to buy one; and
- is able and willing to maintain and accommodate her/himself and any dependants
without working or recourse to public funds.
What counts as a genuine visit
For the entry clearance officer abroad or the immigration officer at the UK
port of entry to accept that a person is a genuine visitor, s/he must be satisfied
that the intending visitor:-
- does not intend to work. A visitor is, however, free to transact business,
for example, by attending meetings, fact-finding, negotiating or making
contracts with UK businesses to buy or sell goods or services;
- and intends to leave the UK at the end of her/his visit.
If a person has previously been in the UK and expressed a wish to study,
work or settle in the UK, this should not necessarily adversely affect a new
application to enter the UK as a visitor.
Even if the intending visitor does not intend to work her/himself, s/he
may be refused entry as a visitor if the purpose of her/his visit is to enable
someone else to work, for example, if s/he is coming to the UK to look after
a child of a friend or relative to enable that friend or relative to work.
This is because the main purpose of coming to the UK would not be a genuine
Evidence that the intending visitor has a settled life in her/his country
of residence will be helpful to prove that s/he is coming to the UK for a
genuine visit. It will be helpful, for example, if the intending visitor can
show that s/he has a job to return to at a definite date and/or a home of
her/his own and/or family at home
Might the person be coming for another reason
It might appear to be easier for a person to enter the UK as a visitor than,
for example, as a fiance(e), even if s/he is hoping to marry. If a person
enters the UK saying that s/he is coming for a particular purpose and then
does something else, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home
Office (IND) may decide that s/he is an illegal entrant. This would be because
s/he would be held to have deceived the IND on entry about the purpose of
If a person is found at the port of entry to have documents which suggest
that the purpose of her/his stay in the UK might be something other than a
visit, s/he is likely to be refused entry.
Does the intending visitor have a return ticket
The entry clearance or immigration officer will want to know that the intending
visitor either has a return ticket or has the means to buy one. This will
be taken into account when deciding whether or not the person is a genuine
Maintenance and accommodation without working or recourse to public funds
The intending visitor must be able to show that s/he can maintain and accommodate
her/himself adequately during her/his stay. S/he must be able to show, both
abroad when s/he applies for entry clearance (if s/he is a visa national)
and at the port of entry when s/he arrives that s/he has enough money with
her/him, or has access to enough money in the UK, to maintain and accommodate
her/himself without working or recourse to public funds. This can also be
shown by providing evidence of the ability of the person s/he is visiting
to maintain and accommodate her/him.