Subject to Immigration Marriage and Civil Partnerships
Important: if you or your partner are subject to immigration and after giving Notice of Marriage the Home Office extends your waiting time to 70 days, you will not be able to get married at The Civic Suite (Haringey Civic Centre). We have a new venue called The Earlham Suite for weddings from 3 September 2018 onwards. Please note that the venue given on a Notice of Marriage cannot change. Details about our venues can be found on the Marriage and Civil Partnership page.
This section refers to Marriage Law and it is your own responsibility to ensure that you comply with Immigration Law. Couples that are subject to immigration must check with the Home Office to ensure that they have the correct immigration status. If coming from abroad individuals must check to ensure that they have the correct entry clearance to gain entry into the United Kingdom. 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.
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.
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.
If you or your partner are subject to immigration you do not need to live in Haringey to give Notice of Marriage to us. Short notice appointments are normally available but cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that where one or both parties are subject to immigration control or have ILR both peoples notices must be given at the same time.
- Why choose the Haringey Register Office?
- Documents needed to give notice of marriage/civil partnership
- If you are adopted
- Immigration Considerations
- How to book an appointment
Compared to some other register Offices we have shorter waiting times making 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. 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.
We can see people living anywhere in England and Wales 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 only 5 minutes walk from Wood Green Underground Station (Piccadilly Line) with a nearby overground station at Alexandra Palace.
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 ensure that you 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. Further information about coming to the UK to get married or form a civil partnership can be found on the GOV.UK (external link) website.
Please also visit the Notice of Marriage page for further information.
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.
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 in good time. People have been stopped from entering the UK to get married because they do not have a valid entry clearance to enter the UK. 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 legally in the United Kingdom. Immigration advisors can be found using GOV.UK (external link)
You can book an appointment online:
Please note our phones are busiest on Mondays. Please ensure that you have the correct documents before booking an appointment. As a minimum you will normally need to present a valid passport and proof of address. Please see our Documents Needed to give Notice of Marriage page for further details on what documents you will need.
Please do not book an appointment for before 9.30am after 4pm, or on a Saturday:
- if your immigration status is complicated
- if you only have copies of documents, or if your documents have expired
This is because we have no Home Office support at these times, which could result in us having to send you away and a possible loss of your Notice fee(s).
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