Subject to Immigration Marriage and Civil Partnerships
- What does subject to immigration mean?
- Relevant Nationals (not subject to immigration)
- Immigration considerations
- Why choose Haringey?
- Documents needed to give Notice
- If you are adopted
Subject to immigration means one or both partners:
- has a valid UK visa or entry clearance including a visa to marry or form a civil partnership
- has Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
- has no status in the UK including people who are overstayers
- is an asylum seeker
- (from 1 July 2021) is a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) national or a partner of an EU/EEA national without settled status/pre-settled status under the EU Settled Status Scheme (external link)
- has a pending application for EU settled status/pre-settled status filed on or after 1 July 2021
If you or your partner:
- are subject to immigration
- cannot prove that you are not subject to immigration
...you must both give Notice of Marriage at the same time to a register office in the area where one or both of you lives.
Couples must give Notice of Marriage/Notice of Civil Partnership at least 28 clear days before a ceremony can take place. From 1 July, one partner must live in the area where Notice is given. Please make an appointment at the register office where you live. Find your local register office at GOV.UK (external link).
While 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. Learn more about marriage immigration 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. 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)
Relevant Nationals (those not subject to immigration) can give Notice on their own if forming a marriage or civil partnership with another Relevant National.
Relevant Nationals include:
- British Citizens
- Irish Nationals
- EU/EEA nationals and their partners who have EU settled status/pre-settled status and can prove it using a valid, 'share code'
- EU/EEA nationals and their partners who have a pending application for EU settled status/pre-settled status filed on or before 30 June 2021 – you will need to show your Certificate of Application (CoA)
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.
Haringey is a multicultural and welcoming area and we look forward to the diversity that you can contribute to our community. From 1 July 2021 we will no longer be able to take your Notice if one of the partners does not live in Haringey but we can still host your ceremony.
We will still aim to offer some of the shortest waiting times for ceremonies which can help you to get the status that you need more quickly. We also have a lovely building. We have excellent transport links across London and beyond. When giving notice for a ceremony at George Meehan House ensure that notice is given for The Earlham Suite.
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
If you have an immigration status that can be seen online (for example if you have EU settled status or pre-settled status), please obtain a 'share code' from GOV.UK (external link) within 30 days of any appointment to give Notice of Marriage or Notice of Civil Partnership.
The best way to satisfy us of the above is to supply us with your current passport along with any 'Share Code' and 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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