Post # 1
My mom was married in court and in the church one year later, my aunt got married in church and by judge, my sis only got married in church as did my bro, and my other bro got married by an officiant
so what is legal? I am marrying in a Catholic church, is that enough to be recognized by law? I am going to apply for a spousal visa to move to be with my fiance in England, help!
Am I supposed to get married twice? who do you ask?
Post # 3
In NYC the officiant has to be registered with I think the city (but maybe the state) to legally perform weddings. If they are legally registered, then it is a legal marriage.
Post # 4
Yes, if you get married in a church, your priest or minister will sign your wedding license and make it legal. You’ll still need to get your wedding license from the town hall for it to be registered and officially legal.
Post # 5
Check out this page for some help: http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/ceremony.shtml
On another note, good luck with the spousal visa process! Where will you be moving in England? I love it here in the UK (moved over two years ago from the US).
Post # 6
yes, Gilneas is right.
Most churches will not perform the wedding withour a valid marriage certificate. This document, signed, by your officiant, makes the wedding "legal."
Post # 7
yeah my priest said we need to get a marriage license first
oh, I’m moving to Liverpool, people keep thinking London, I said no Liverpool and make a scrunchy face, it’s kind of annoying, the world does not revolve around London in England
oh to jhphi how did you move to England what paper work did you need, did you use a lawyyer?
Post # 8
I moved to England on a work visa, which was sponsored by my company. We used a lawyer, but the process was reasonably simple. From what I understand, the process for a spousal visa to enter the UK is relatively straightforward (and much quicker and easier than if you were trying to move your new husband from the UK to the US.)
Are you going to apply for your spousal visa right after getting married in the US, and then move to the UK straightaway once you have the visa in hand?
Although you won’t be applying for a little while, I’m sure you’re getting your files in order for the supporting materials you’ll need to provide, such as passport with empty pages, evidence of marriage/marriage certificiate (once married, of course!), FI’s identification/confirmation, financial documents (bank statements, employment contracts, etc. from you and your FI), accommodation in England (mortgage, tenancy agreement), photos, any divorce decrees if either of you have been married before, etc. As you’ve been living apart, I’m not sure if you will have to provide additional evidence as to your relationship, such as travel documents, phone records, email records, letters, etc. Once submitting the application online, I understand that you can then make your biometrics interview immediately after. I’m sure you’re on top of these things already, but you can find much more information online at the Home Office website.
I’d also recommend reading some of the immigration threads on an expat forum such as http://talk.uk-yankee.com/
We’ll be going through the spousal visa process over the next year as well (my work visa expires next Spring), so feel free to PM me if you need any support.
Post # 9
Oh, and that focus on London won’t go away, so you might as well make your peace with it. 🙂 Even now, people always ask me "How do you like living in London?" and always assume they can meet up with me on a moment’s notice when they’re travelling through London, even though I explain to them that I live a few hours north.
Post # 10
that’s what someone else on the site said it’s easier for me to move and work there for him to move and work here, he hates NY so his moving here is not an option, well if I hate it we’re coming back.
I haven’t started gathering all the data yet, I’m so focussed on the wedding, he has 3 months before he has to leave, our US lawyer here said he can marry me and not use the K1 visa because its a real marriage based on romance. Not like how some people come here and specifically look for someone to marry to stay-that is what they mean by intent to marry.
I plan to move to the UK within 3 months hopefully the visa will be done by then, thats whyI need to gather info as early as now, thanks for the input I’ll PM you