In Thailand presently you cannot get married to a person of the same gender. There has been much talk about legalising same sex marriage in Thailand or ‘gay marriage’ in Thailand however those laws are still far off. This however does not stop you from taking your Thai partner back to the UK under a partner visa.
The UK visa for a partner visa has very easy to understand rules and this can be applied for in Thailand. If you have a long term relationship in Thailand with a same sex partner then you can take your partner back to the UK under the following conditions:
- – You and your Thai partner both intend living together permanently in the UK
- – You and your Thai partner can both support yourselves with the need for welfare in the UK
- – You and your Thai partner have both lived together as a couple for 2 years or more
- – You and your Thai partner have adequate accommodation in the UK for your exclusive use
- – Both you and your partner don’t have any previous existing marriage/civil partnership
- – You and your partner are both unmarried
If you want your Thai partner to qualify for indefinite leave to enter the UK you must also be able to show and satisfy the Embassy that:
- – You have lived as a couple outside of the UK for at least 2 years
- – Your partner has enough knowledge of the English language and UK life
The application process is much the same as a UK spouse or UK fiancé visa application in Thailand however since it all revolves around dates to prove the partnership you will have to have bills or other accounts together to make this claim. You would have to speak to an immigration lawyer about an Embassy interview and the process in this regard.
Even though you cannot get married in Thailand this clearly does not stop you from taking your Thai partner back to the UK on a partner visa. If you have any questions you can call us Toll-Free from the UK or walk into any of our offices in Thailand be it in Phuket or Bangkok for more information.