Information for non-EEA citizens
If one or both of you are non-EEA citizens
wishing to give Notice and are subject to Home Office
Immigration Control the following information will
It is a legal requirement for you both to give 'Notice of your Intention' and, once given,
your notices are displayed on the notice board at the register
office for a period of 28 days. A legal document covered by
the Perjury Act 1911, a Notice states the names of the people
intending to be married or to form a civil partnership, age,
marital status, address, occupation, nationality and the intended
venue for the ceremony.
Once you have given Notice your paperwork will automatically be
referred to the Home Office for approval and you would have to wait
between 28 and 71 days for this approval to be granted. Once you
have received Home Office approval for your ceremony to take place
we will issue your Authority(ies)/Schedule and your marriage
or civil partnership will be free to go ahead.
For example, if Notice is given on 1 July, and the Home
Office approved your paperwork within 29 days, the very
earliest the ceremony would be able to
take place would be on or after 30 July. Once
given, your Notice is valid for 12 months.
If you are subject to immigration control you will not be able
to give a Notice unless one of the following applies:
- If you are resident abroad, you will need to have an entry
clearance granted expressly for the purpose of marriage or civil
partnership registration in the UK. Entry clearance is the granting
of permission to enter the UK by an Entry Clearance Officer in the
British Embassy/High Commission in the person's country. It will
usually be shown as a visa in the person's passport or travel
document, for example, a Fiancé/e Visa, Marriage Visitor's Visa or
Civil Partnership Visa.
- If you are already in the UK, you will to need to have a valid
entry clearance which has enabled you to legally enter the UK.
Entry clearance is the granting of permission to enter the UK by an
Entry Clearance Officer in a British Embassy/High Commission. It
will usually be shown as a visa in the person's passport or travel
document, for example, a Tourist Visa, a Student Visa, a Work Visa,
- You fall within a class of persons specified by the Secretary
of State. This will be someone with settled status in the UK.
Once you fulfil one of these criteria you will then have to give
Notice of your Intention at one of the 76 Designated Register
Offices in England and Wales. You must attend that register office
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have enough time to
complete all of the required paperwork and to give Notice before
the date of any ceremony you have booked. In addition you must make
sure that you have enough valid leave left in the UK to allow you
to remain in the UK until the date of your ceremony.
Please note: the minimum legal age for getting married or
forming a civil partnership in England and Wales is 16 years of age
but written consent will be required for anyone under 18.