So, I called the TRO using Skype (gotta love technology!), and spoke to a very nice lady called Mrs Brown. According to her, the updated rules state that you don’t need to go to their offices in person, so I can do things remotely. Requirements include:
a. U.K. marriage certificate original copy + Chinese translation (can do by yourself)
b. U.K. criminal background check (no translation req’d)
c. Spouse’s household registration showing single status (less than a month old)
d. Application form(s)
A. Prepare envelopes with forwarding addresses from the FCO to the TRO, and from the TRO back to you + all necessary fees for legalization of documents + postage costs.
B. Write up clear instructions for the FCO to follow. They will legalize the English version of the marriage certificate and the criminal record check, then forward the complete package to the TRO.
C The TRO also need written instructions for how to proceed with the documents. They will legalize the English and Chinese documents, and will return them to you.
D. After receiving these documents, go back to the household registration dept. and present the legalized documents. The household registration will then be updated to “married” status.
E. The next step should be to take this to either the FAP, or MOFA (not sure which, yet) to update the ARC to one based on marriage.
Let’s see what happens…