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Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Section 161: Notice of marriage

428.At present in England and Wales, for a certificate without licence where both parties to the marriage reside in the same registration district, only one notice of marriage is required. Where they reside in different registration districts, notice must be given in each district, although there are no restrictions as to which party should give that notice. This section amends the Marriage Act 1949 so that each party is required to personally appear before the superintendent registrar to give notice of marriage in the registration district where they reside. It also adds to the matters that have to be stated a requirement to state nationality. Equivalent provision is made for Northern Ireland.

429.For marriages in England and Wales, subsection (1) results in a duty on both partners to give notice; subsection (2) results in a duty to give details of nationality; and subsection (3) means that marriages may only be solemnised on production of two superintendent registrar’s certificates, ie one from each party. Subsection (4) provides for details of nationality to be stated in a notice of marriage given in Northern Ireland.

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