Immigration laws changed from 1 July 2021 - Giving notice

Immigration laws changed on 1st July 2021 changing the process for giving notice and the documentation required. There are two types of nationality defined by the Immigration Service: a relevant national and a foreign national.

A relevant national is a British Citizen, an Irish Citizen or a person who has been granted EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) status (either settled or pre-settled or has a pending application for that status (submitted before 30th June 2021).

A foreign national is an EEA national without EUSS settled status, EUSS pre- settled or pending application to the EUSS OR any other person from any other country.

Relevant Nationals

If you are a relevant national then before you can be married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you must give notice of your intention to the Superintendent Registrar in the District where you live. Please note this does not apply to the Church of England or Church of Wales.

If you are unsure where to give your notice, it is the register office in the local authority area to which you pay your Council Tax.

If you and your partner are relevant nationals a notice appointment will not be booked until you have booked a date, time and venue for your ceremony with the Registrar in the District where the venue is located.

Foreign Nationals

If you are a foreign national before you can be married or form a civil partnership in England or Wales you and your partner must give notice together of your intention to the Superintendent Registrar in the District where one of you lives. If you are unsure where to give your notice, it is the register office in the local authority area to which you pay your Council Tax.

We highly recommend you only book a ceremony once you have a confirmed notice appointment with your local register office. We would also recommend that the ceremony date you choose is more than 70 days after the date of your notice appointment.

If you plan to marry in a Church of England or Wales and are a foreign national you will be required to give notice at the Register Office as outlined above. Banns cannot be read.

Giving notice

You must book an appointment to give notice of marriage or civil partnership.

The appointment will last about 30 minutes.

You must both have lived at your usual addresses for at least seven days in the district where you wish to give notice.

What happens at your appointment

Your notice of marriage or civil partnership appointment
What you receive, who should attend and what to take to the appointment

Cost

Registrars fees

Book an appointment to give notice

Contact us to book

Please give the following details in the email, along with general details of the enquiry

  • Your full name and title
  • Your address
  • Your Email address
  • A contact number

For information about how we store your data please read the Kirklees Registration Service Privacy Notice

Contact us

After your appointment

You must wait at least 28 days before the ceremony can take place.

The notice is displayed in the public area of the register office during those 28 days.