Just wondering if anyone from the UK has managed to successfully ‘prove single status’ for their ‘dependent children’ as part of their Portuguese GV application?
We are in the process of collecting our documents for our Portuguese lawyer to submit to SEF. I am applying for my husband and our 2 children who are 17 and 19 years. As regards documents for the kids - proof of being financially dependent and proof of studying full-time are not a problem.
But how do you prove they are single?
The marriage indices of the UK General Register Office (GRO) are updated only to the past 18 months, so absence of a marriage certificate from this register does not prove they didn’t get married in the past 18 months.
The GRO advises to then check with your local register office and get a certificate saying there is no local record of a marriage in the past 18 months. But our local register office says they only issue a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’ to people who intend to marry abroad. Our kids aren’t intending to marry so they can’t get one of these. (And in any case it still wouldn’t mean they hadn’t got married in another local area).
Regarding the Statutory Declaration option, by which they simply sign, in the presence of a notary, a statutory declaration of fact declaring that they are not married - our Portuguese lawyer says they don’t usually submit (these kinds of) affidavits on this matter, considering that the majority of countries are able to print statements confirming a persons’ marital status.
The lawyer suggested instead -
However this form seems aimed at confirming the marital status of people who either are or were previously married, rather than those (such as our kids) who have never been married and for whom therefore there is only the absence of any records proving otherwise.
So my question is, has anyone from the UK successfully found a solution to this and if so would you mind explaining the way forwards?
Thanks for all help and suggestions.