Information for non-EU citizens
This information is for those persons wishing to give Notice and
who are subject to Home Office Immigration Control.
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 fifteen 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.
After giving Notice you must then wait a further 16 days before
the ceremony can take place - for example, if Notice is given on 1
July, the ceremony can take place on or after 17 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.
Registration officers have a statutory duty to report any
marriage or civil partnership they suspect has been arranged for
the sole purpose of evading statutory immigration controls.
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.