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Hi, I am a British Citizen, my partner is a Canadian citizen and is in the UK living with me on the 'Youth mobility visa', which expires at the end of May this year.
We cant go back to Canada, and want to get married in the UK, then move to France (he is from Quebec and speaks French very well, and is hoping to be able to work there).
My question is, Is it possible for us to get married in the UK? (We will not be residing in the UK afterwards), we would like to settle in France after. I'm very confused as most of the information we have found is referring to people who wish to marry their non-eu partner and reside in the UK. Any information you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Krista.

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Hi, I am a British Citizen, my partner is a Canadian citizen and is in the UK living with me on the 'Youth mobility visa', which expires at the end of May this year.
We cant go back to Canada, and want to get married in the UK, then move to France (he is from Quebec and speaks French very well, and is hoping to be able to work there).
My question is, Is it possible for us to get married in the UK? (We will not be residing in the UK afterwards), we would like to settle in France after. I'm very confused as most of the information we have found is referring to people who wish to marry their non-eu partner and reside in the UK. Any information you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Krista.
Yes, you can be married in UK as your partner is on a visa originally issued longer than 6 months. You will need to go to one of designated register offices (google it) to start the ball rolling (in England and Wales, or any register office in Scotland), or contact the clergy for Church of England marriage. After marriage, you can then relocate to France (no special visa needed for your partner), and you can get his residence papers based on your EU status.

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I just switched from a YMS to Spouse visa - FLR(M) application.

Get in touch with a registry office ASAP, you will need to give notice to marry which means that you then must wait 15 days before tying the knot.

Also I recommend getting a premium visa appointment, it is well worth it for the extra money you pay (953GBP) for a same-day decision. You can set up a profile and book an appointment on the UKBA website.

The UKBA mentions that you should get an visa appointment 28 days before the current visa expires, but I think that is more than a recommendation rather than a requirement...

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I just switched from a YMS to Spouse visa - FLR(M) application.

Get in touch with a registry office ASAP, you will need to give notice to marry which means that you then must wait 15 days before tying the knot.

Also I recommend getting a premium visa appointment, it is well worth it for the extra money you pay (953GBP) for a same-day decision. You can set up a profile and book an appointment on the UKBA website.

The UKBA mentions that you should get an visa appointment 28 days before the current visa expires, but I think that is more than a recommendation rather than a requirement...
The OP says they are moving to France after marriage, so no need to get leave to remain as partner (spouse) in UK. After working for a while in France, they can return to UK on Surinder Singh rule of EU and bypass the UK family route requirement like minimum income and high application fees.

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The OP says they are moving to France after marriage, so no need to get leave to remain as partner (spouse) in UK. After working for a while in France, they can return to UK on Surinder Singh rule of EU and bypass the UK family route requirement like minimum income and high application fees.
Ah yes, right you are. My apologies.

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Thank you so much Joppa, you've been very helpful. We've been trying to sort out this immigration thing for years now. I just found out that my partner's passport has expired in January (the youth mobility visa is still valid until the end of May though). I guess I'll have to send off for a new one asap, I hope it comes through in time. Anyway, thanks again for your help. Best wishes, Krista.

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It shouldn't take more than a month for a new passport to be issued... I had the misfortune of losing mine in the Cayman Islands (where there is no Canadian High Commission)... the application had to go to Jamaica and it only took a month.

Are you in London? The Canadian High Commission is just off of Oxford Circus and they're they handle passport application (service disponible en francais)... it's a shame that the visa expires in May, as Passeport Canada is rolling out a new 10 year passport this summer (currently they're 5 year validity)... perhaps they may be able to do a 10 year issue... mind you, the fee for a 10 year passport will be approximately CAD 250$.

He may be eligible to renew with a Simplified Passport Renewal form.

Felicitations et Bonne Chance à vous pour votre mariage! Good Luck and Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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