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Old 23.12.2009, 10:54
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Anyone know how long it takes to get a UK civil status declaration?

My fiance and I are supposed to be getting married in March (actually everything is booked in the UK, but we ended up deciding to do the legal bit here in CH thinking it was easier...feeling a tad stupid right now). After managing to get birth certificates and everything sorted, we now realise that I also have to get my hands on a "declaration of civil status" from the British embassy in Berne. Has anyone done this before? Anyone got a clue how long it takes? I have phoned them and left a message but whilst tapping my fingers waiting for my phone to ring back I thought I would ask if anyone else has already done this and knows...I have a feeling we won't actually be married by the time of our "fake" ceremony in March...
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Old 23.12.2009, 10:58
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Re: Anyone know how long it takes to get a UK civil status declaration?

Long time ago and rules might have changed but I had to go in person to the Embassy/Consultate (so long ago I cannot even remember what it was called) in Basel and solumnly swear that I was unmarried. (I think this 'oath' or whatever it was called was then valid for six months. If we hadn't married within that time, I'd have to have gone again.

Good luck anyway.
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Old 23.12.2009, 11:06
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Re: Anyone know how long it takes to get a UK civil status declaration?

i had to get mine from the local council i lived in in the uk. they needed to display the intent of marriage for 4 weeks from memory and then i could collect the declaration. hopefully yours is easier.
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Re: Anyone know how long it takes to get a UK civil status declaration?

Yaaaaaaaay, just got through to the British Embassy and I have an appointment next week already! Might still manage to get married before the celebration after all...
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Re: Anyone know how long it takes to get a UK civil status declaration?

Just a quick update here for any future enquiries:
You'll need:
- Passport
- Birth certificate
- 100 CHF
Once all of these items gathered, you can book a meeting at the Embassy in Bern. Pretty easy!
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