Marriage/civil partnership and immigration control

If you are not a UK, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss national you will need to complete an Immigration Status Statement before you can marry or form a civil partnership in Northern Ireland.

Immigration control

You are not under immigration control if you are:

  • a British citizen
  • a national of an EEA (European Economic Area)  State other than the United Kingdom
  • a Swiss national

You can find a list of EEA countries at the link below.

Immigration status statement

If you are not a UK, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss national and want to marry or form a civil partnership you will need to complete an Immigration Status Statement.

You can download and print out the status statement at the link below.

Completing the statement

There are three statements in the form; A, B and C. Read each statement carefully and complete the one that applies to your circumstances.

Statement A

You have the right immigration status and one of the following applies to you:

  • EU law right of permanent residence in the UK
  • exemption from immigration control
  • settled status in the UK

You must provide certified evidence of your immigration status. For example:

  • valid Permanent Residence card
  • Certificate of Entitlement to Right of Abode
  • passport with a valid Indefinite Leave to Remain

If you’re not sure about your immigration status you should contact UK Visas and Immigration at the links below.

Statement B

You hold a Marriage/Civil Partnership Visit Visa or a Fiancé/Proposed Civil Partner Visa that allows you to enter the UK to marry or form a civil partnership.

You must provide the following:

  • a certified copy of your passport showing that you hold the relevant visa
  • a UK passport style and size photograph (for both parties)

If your visa application has not yet been decided, you must provide details of your application.

Statement C

You do not have the right immigration status or a relevant visa.

You can provide a statement and details of your current immigration position, for example  visitor visa or student visa, where requested on the form.

You must provide the following:

  • details and evidence of your usual address (for both parties)
  • a UK passport style and size photograph (for both parties)

Evidence of your usual address can include one of the following:

  • utility bill (dated within three months of the date of notice)
  • bank or building society statement or passbook (dated within one month of the date of notice)
  • rates bill dated within 12 months of the date of notice
  • current residential tenancy agreement
  • mortgage statement dated within 12 months of the date of notice

Above is not a full list, you can find other forms of evidence accepted to show your usual address in the pdf of the statement at the link above.

Present the statement

You should present the statement and any supporting evidence along with your marriage/civil partnership notice form.

The minimum notice period in Northern Ireland is 28 days. However if you do not have the right immigration status, the right visa, or evidence in support of your application, you will be referred to the Home Office for investigation and the period of notice may be extended to 70 days.

You can find out more about submitting your notice form at the links below.

Photographs

If you have completed Statement B or C, you must provide a UK passport style and size photograph which has been taken no more than one year before the date on which you give notice.

You can get advice on passport style photographs at the link below.

Further information

You can find out more about the immigration control at the link below.

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