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I hope to seek some advice on marrying my partner who is from South Africa. We have been together 2 years and she has visited me twice in the UK where I am born and lived my whole life. Am I allowed to marry her now whilst she is here but she is only on a visitor visa and I want to surprise her.

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  • See also travel.stackexchange.com/q/112043/6188 – Peter M May 31 '18 at 18:32
  • Beware that same-sex marriage across countries might put both of you in a difficult position in the case of divorce: law.stackexchange.com/q/26719/9236 – SJuan76 May 31 '18 at 19:06
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    @SJuan76 While interesting I don't think that link is relevant here as the OP is a UK citizen and wants to get married in the UK. That link referred to the catch-22 situation of the marriage not being recognized where they live and not being residents of where they were married. – Peter M May 31 '18 at 19:51
  • Thanks for your responses. I would like to take her to a register office and marry. Just a bit tricky that she is here in the UK on a visitor visa so I don’t want any problems for her to occur after she leaves. – user78576 May 31 '18 at 20:07
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No. Marrying, registering a civil partnership, or giving notice of marriage or civil partnership is not permitted for those visiting the UK on a Standard Visitor visa https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa Edit: this Can I marry in the UK while on a standard visitor visa? provides a huge amount of detail on the topic

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