S1 visa – civil partnership

Q & A ForumS1 visa – civil partnership
ARob asked 3 years ago

My spouse and I opted for an opposite sex civil partnership in the UK (only became legal as an alternative to marriage this year) before I moved to China for work (currently in quarantine!) and currently hitting a brick wall when it comes to getting the S1 visa invitation letter for my spouse as unfortunately my employers HR department seems to believe a civil partnership is not recognised – has anyone come across anything like this before? In the UK its seen as a legal equivalent so am hoping I can find a way to convince them of the same but no such luck so far! Any one have any advice on alternative options?  
Thanks in advance

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