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Old 18.06.2014, 02:50
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Always wondered in a same sex wedding which partners parents pay for the celebrations
Does anyone's parents pay for the celebrations anymore - any HLB or Same sex marriage? We got married 19 years ago yesterday and our parents came to the party, didn't pay!
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Old 18.06.2014, 09:17
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Ours did, but that was nearly 23 years ago.

Like everything else these days I expect they share the costs.
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Mine paid for ours too but it was just over 24 years ago and not a very expensive 'do'.
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Hey guys, thank you for your answers. Well, as in my country same-sex partnerships are not yet legal, the only option is that we register our partnership in Switzerland. I don't know if that make it more complicated that way and what is the whole procedure in steps, but we will try to find out...
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Honeybunny,
It will not be easy. It wasn't very easy to register marriage (paperwork, money, waiting time).

As you leave in Serbia, its not like you will come to CH next week, marry and stay. You will collect paperwork, submit it in Vienna consulate in person (this one supports central Europe, including Serbia i think), then wait, then have you wedding then wait for your permit to be approved.

Write Vienna consulate an email, explain your situation and ask what is the procedure. They are quite helpful there.

upd: sorry, i don't think it is Vienna. Vienna consulate deals with Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. So you are lucky: you have your own consulate.

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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Hi Honeybunny, as far as I know, applying for the same sex marriage is not much difference from the hetero marriage in Switzerland. When I got my document from the embassy about the procedure, it's quite the same really. I found this one on internet http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...sa/marria.html
though it is made for US citizen (I can't find it from the Serbian representation), I think most of the procedures would be the same.
If you are in doubt, ask your boyfriend in Switzerland to send an e-mail to the embassy in Serbia and try to approach them for the exact procedures there. The documents preparation for applying the visa could take months plus months more until it's approved/not, so you need to plan, especially if you have a preferable date to register. Once you got the approval, you got 3 months to register or you have to re-apply. Hope this help.
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Thank you very much! Of course it helps. Well, there is a swiss embassy here in Serbia, so I can do it all here...I just don't know how complicated the procedure is. If I find it too complicated, maybe I will try again to persuade my bf to move here
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

In a nutshell: first collect docs, most annoying is a copy of birth certificate not older than 6 months. All docs must be apostiled and translated to CH local language. You submit them and wait. If all docs are correct, you will be allowed to "marry". They can also ask your partner to provide additional docs such as his salary confirmation or rent agreement. - In a nutshell these are hoops to jump for opposite sex ppl
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Thank you very much! Of course it helps. Well, there is a swiss embassy here in Serbia, so I can do it all here...I just don't know how complicated the procedure is. If I find it too complicated, maybe I will try again to persuade my bf to move here
It's not complicated. It just takes time for you have to collect all the documents they require in the way they require them, translated and sometimes with the apostille and then to wait.... Sometimes the wait is long. Sometimes not.

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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Thank you miniMia Well, actually when 2 people love each other, nothing is too complicated
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

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Let's clear something up first. Is he a Swiss national or just someone who happened to be born here. Because they're not the same thing as far as I know. Being born here doesn't give you Swiss nationality iirc. So does he have a Swiss resident's permit?

Yes, you would get the same permit as he has, assuming he has one, and you would be able to work here. You will be his dependent and he will be financially responsible for you, at least to start with.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta

Hopefully happyrobbie will see this and add his comments as he's been through the registered partnership process here.
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If so, then happyrobbie will be advising Honeybunnie - sweet!
I made two registered partnerships in Switzerland, but each time I lived already in Switzerland with my own permit so the process was quite different.

For OP, from others' experience, what you need to do:

1. Your partner goes to his commune (or the marriage registration office) to get instructions and get some forms to fill in (including the financial support paper mentioned earlier in this thread).

2. In parallel, you go to the nearest Swiss embassy, also get instructions and some forms to fill in. Specifically, they wil.l tell you to collect some documents, including at least:
(a) a birth certificate containing your name, birth date, birth place and the names of your parents.
(b) a certificate of your marriage status in Serbia which says that you are not currently married or in another partnership.
All documents need to be translated by a notary into an official language of Switzerland, and be approved by (1) the Serbian government, (2) the Swiss embassy in your region.

3. Go back to the embassy with every documents asked.

4. Wait. All documents will be transferred to the canton of your partner for a decision. The decision takes from 2 to 6 months.

5. Upon the positive decision of the canton, the Swiss embassy will issue you a visa specially for marriage/partnership with 3 months validity.

6. With this visa you come to Switzerland, and in 3 months you should register the partnership.

7. After the partnership registration, you will declare your residence and ask for a residence permit in the local commune where you and your partner will live (assuming that you two plan to live in Switzerland after).

8. Wait (for the permit). This usually takes 1-3 months.

9. Get the residence permit. You will get B permit which you will renew every year.

10. All done.

Information: During step 4 it is possible that the Swiss embassy and the local Swiss authority will separately summon you and your partner with some questions to make sure that the partnership is requested not only to facilitate your residence in Switzerland. If you two have never been physically close before (no matter where, in or out of Switzerland), the probability of this convocation is higher, so it is adviced that you think about some proofs that you could bring in case it happens.
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Re: Civil partnership (same sex)

Hello folks after a while! Hope you are all going well! I would have one question about which I have a doubt - does one have to set up the date of the wedding in Switzerland first and then apply for a marriage visa in the embassy or first apply for a visa in embassy and then set up the date of the wedding in Switzerland? If someone knows the answer, please share it with me. Thank you in advance. Best regards
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