ARE YOU FROM OUTSIDE THE
If either party to the marriage or civil partnership is a national of a country from outside
the EU you may be subject to immigration control. If you are subject to immigration
control you must give your notices at a Designated Register Office providing you have
resided within England or Wales for the preceding 8 days. Liverpool is a Designated
In addition to the evidence outlined on page 5 you will also be required to provide
evidence of your immigration status:
• Marriage or civil partnership visa
• Proof of settled status.
If you do not have proof of the correct visa or settled status, your marriage must be referred
to the Home Office. The Home Office may decide to extend your notice period to 70 days
if they wish to investigate further. The marriage or civil partnership cannot take place until
approval is granted by the Home Office.
If you wish to marry or form your civil partnership in Liverpool we will be unable to confirm
a date for the ceremony to take place until Home Office approval is received.
Both parties will also be required to provide a colour photograph at the time of giving
notice unless proof of settled status is provided. Every photograph must be a United
Kingdom passport style and size which:
• clearly shows the face of the party, who must:
• have a neutral expression; and
• not be wearing any head covering (other than for religious or medical reasons)
• shows only the party and no other person or object
• is unmarked, unaltered and without tears or creases, and
• was taken recently and shows a current likeness of the individual.
The cost for giving notice at a Designated Register Office is
£47 for each party (£94 per couple), correct at the time of going to print.
For further advice please see
ABUSE OF IMMIGRATION LAWS
We are working with the UK Border Agency to identify marriages and civil partnerships
which seek to abuse UK immigration laws.
Anybody found to be arranging, facilitating or entering into a marriage or civil partnership
solely to gain permission to stay in the UK risks arrest or prosecution. Foreign nationals
may also face deportation and be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 14 years.
WILL BREXIT CHANGE THESE RULES?
At the time of publication no information has been made available.
Please contact your local Register Office for up to date requirements.