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Ok, so here's a random question, and it would be interesting if anyone knew the answer.

In the UK, you can only have a civil partnership if you're both of the same sex. However, in parts of Europe such as the Netherlands, they allow for mixed gender relationships to become a civil partnership.

If me and my American girlfriend were to travel to one of these places, have the ceremony, and then apply for a spouse visa whilst back in the UK, would it be recognised in the same way as traditional marriage would?
 

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Friends of mine just got PACSd in France and they are opposite sexes but EU Citizens.
However, I distinctly remember someone being refused a spouse visa because their union was not recognised as traditional marriage in the UK and that couple was mixed as well. I think they entered in civil partnership in Belgium and they wrote about it here on the Forum.
Anyway, perhaps someone more knowledgeable will pop by and answer.
 

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No, UK won't recognise French PACS or de facto relationship for opposite-sex couples as equivalent to marriage. You will simply be treated as unmarried partnership and have to meet the specific requirements for it, including 2 years of cohabitation.
 

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No, such kind of immigration category allows you to enter the UK if you are subject to immigration control and you are the fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here. You must intend to get married or register your civil partnership within 6 months of your arrival in the UK, and settle here together afterwards.
 
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