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Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004

Procedure for Marriage

10.The provisions:

  • require the parties to a marriage which involves a non-EEA national(s) and which is to take place in the United Kingdom to give notice of the marriage only at a designated registration centre;

  • require both parties giving notice of such a marriage in England and Wales to give notice together and in person, and give the Secretary of State the power, by regulations, to require this in prescribed cases in Northern Ireland;

  • require non-EEA nationals who are party to such a marriage to hold entry clearance for the purpose of marriage, written permission from the Home Office (a certificate of approval) or be in an exempt category before notice of the marriage in the United Kingdom can be accepted; and

  • give the Secretary of State the power to require applications for a certificate of approval to be made in writing and to charge a fee.

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