Information for non-EU citizens

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 apply.

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:

  1. 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.

OR

  1. 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, etc.

OR

  1. 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 together.

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.