Subject to Immigration Marriage and Civil Partnerships
If you have a visa that is due to expire and you are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic please contact the Home Office using Gov.uk (external link) and request Exceptional Assurance
Whilst you do not need a visa to get married or form a civil partnership, you do need to have the necessary entry clearance to be in the United Kingdom legally. Haringey Register Office cannot advise you on immigration matters. More information about marriage immigration can be found at GOV.UK (external link).
- This section refers to Marriage and Civil Partnership Law and it is your own responsibility to ensure that you comply with Immigration Law. We are unable to give immigration advice - approved immigration advisors can be found at GOV.UK (external link). Low cost or free legal advice may be available from a Law Centre (external link) or Citizens Advice (external link)
- Please note that where one or both parties are subject to immigration control or have Indefinite Leave to Remain both peoples Notice of Marriage must be given at the same time. Couples must give Notice of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership at least 28 clear days before a ceremony can take place. During the coronavirus Pandemic, couples should not travel large distances to give notice. Please make an appointment near to where you live. To find your local register office use GOV.UK (external link)
- Immigration Considerations
- Why choose the Haringey Register Office?
- Documents needed to give notice of marriage/civil partnership
- If you are adopted
Getting married or entering into a civil partnership does not give a person an automatic right to stay in the United Kingdom. Couples who are subject to immigration control are advised to seek advice from the Home Office and apply for any necessary visas or entry clearances in good time.
People have been stopped from entering the UK to get married or form a civil partnership because they do not have a valid entry clearance to enter the UK even if approved by the Home Office to have a ceremony. Remember that although a visa is not required to get married or form a civil partnership, a visa or valid entry clearance is usually needed to be in the United Kingdom legally. Approved immigration advisors can be found at GOV.UK (external link).
Couples that are subject to immigration are advised to check with the Home Office to ensure that they have the correct immigration status. If coming from abroad including the European Union or EEA individuals must check to ensure that they have the correct entry clearance to gain entry into the United Kingdom to have a marriage or civil partnership. An Immigration Officer may refuse to let a person into the United Kingdom even if a clearance to get married or form a civil partnership has been granted. More information about marriage immigration can be found at GOV.UK (external link).
All Register Offices are required to refer most couples that are subject to immigration and that give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership to the Home Office. This is known as the Home Office Marriage Referral Scheme.
Couples with a Marriage/Civil Partnership Visa or who have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) will not be referred to the Home Office.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic couples should not travel large distances to give notice. Please make an appointment near where you live. To find your local register office use GOV.UK (external link).
Compared to some other areas, we have shorter waiting times. This makes us the perfect location for any person subject to immigration control or who has Indefinite Leave to Remain to give notice of marriage/civil partnership. Couples can now also benefit from our fully restored accommodation at George Meehan House. Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies are normally available within a couple of days of Home Office approval being given and the 28 / 70 day notice period ending.
George Meehan House is the perfect location for a wedding with a fantastic backdrop for photographs and shorter waiting times.
We can see people where one or both partners are subject to immigration, including people from North and East London, Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Barnet, Camden, Islington, Hertfordshire and Essex.
We are less than 15 minutes walk from Wood Green Underground Station (Piccadilly Line) with a nearby national rail station at Bowes Park. Our venue is moments from the border with Enfield and just down the road from the North Circular giving road access to the rest of London.
We'll need to see the following before we can take your notice of marriage or civil partnership:
- Proof of name
- Evidence of immigration status (advisable)
- Passport sized photographs for both partners where one or both are subject to immigration and do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain
The best way to satisfy us of the above is to supply us with your current passport along with a recent proof of address such as a bank statement, phone, gas or electricity bill. Please read the documents needed to give notice of marriage page.
If you do not have the necessary documentation along with the notice fee we will not be able to take your notice and you may lose your money. Further information about coming to the UK to get married or form a civil partnership can be found on the GOV.UK website (external link).
Please visit the Notice of Marriage page for further information and to make an appointment.
If you are adopted you take the nationality of the adopted parent regardless of whether or not they are married. We would need to see your adoption certificate and parents birth certificate if you are adopted and are not using a Passport/ID Card as proof of nationality.
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