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My partner and/or I are foreign nationals who do not live in the UK – can we register a civil partnership in Scotland?

My partner and/or I are foreign nationals who do not live in the UK – can we register a civil partnership in Scotland?

Yes - but you may be subject to immigration control. Otherwise, the arrangements are the same as those for a couple living in the UK.

Are you subject to immigration controls?

If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland such as, for example, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States etc., and you intend to visit Scotland to get married or to register a civil partnership, then you will need an entry clearance. You should check the information which is available on the GOV.UK website.

If you have any questions, contact the Home Office’s UK Visas and Immigration Contact Centre (Tel no:  0300 123 2241).

Registrars have a statutory duty to report any civil partnership they suspect has been registered for the sole purpose of evading statutory immigration controls.