Civil Partnership

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  1. #1

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    Civil Partnership

    Hi - can I please ask for a little advise?

    I am moving to HK in mid January & plan on bringing my partner and her daughter over in July / August?

    Is a civil partnership recognised in Hong Kong? We have been living together for over 3 years, but have not married yet.

    Basically - do we need to be married to get a visa for my partner and my daughter?

    Thanks,

    Chris


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    Yes you do. We had to convert our civil partnership to a marriage for my partner to come with me to HK. You can alternatively apply for a long term visa (6 months) for your partner but it's a tedious and ABSOLUTELY annoying process as it requires just too much personal information. It was WAY easier getting a civil marriage certificate and then getting a dependent's visa.


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    As minhk says. Going through a marriage here is a trivial process, and only you, two witnesses and the civil celebrant (a solicitor) need to know about it (*) - you can have a "proper" wedding party later in whatever style you wish just without any legal significance.

    Getting married also means that the partner on a Dependant Visa can also work if you wish without further paperwork, which they can't on an extended visitor's visa.

    Just to be clear though, I know that HK does not recognise "common law marriage" (i.e. there have been no formalities"). I'm not actually sure whether they recognise "Civil Partnership" (between a man and a woman) where there is a formal agreement as equivalent to marriage. Does anyone have any first hand experience of this?

    (*) Obviously plus anyone you then tell about it for your own benefit - Immigration to get the Dependant Visa, Inland Revenue for tax benefits perhaps...

    Last edited by PDLM; 04-01-2009 at 12:21 PM.

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    Thanks for your help guys...

    Sham marriage it is then... The Mrs to be will be pleased!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PDLM:
    I'm not actually sure whether they recognise "Civil Partnership" (between a man and a woman) where there is a formal agreement as equivalent to marriage.
    As a "civil partnership" can be between a man and a man, e.g. in the UK, the HK government will not accept any civil partnership.