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Immigration Act 2014

Supply of additional information and evidence

252.Paragraph 2 amends section 27 of the 1949 Act to require a person giving notice of marriage to give their date of birth.

253.Paragraph 3 inserts a new section 27ZA (entry of particulars in notice book: compliance with requirements) to instruct a superintendent registrar not to enter particulars relating to a marriage where various requirements imposed under the 1949 Act or the 2004 Act (including, in particular, requirements inserted into those Acts by this Act) have not been complied with.

254.Paragraph 4 inserts a new section 27E (additional information if party not relevant national) into the 1949 Act. Section 27E does not apply to a proposed marriage under section 39A of the 1949 Act (marriage of former civil partners one of whom has changed sex). Where applicable, section 27E requires that, if either or both parties giving notice are not relevant nationals (British citizens, EEA nationals or Swiss nationals) they must declare that (i) they have the appropriate immigration status under section 49(2) (and, if so, what that is); (ii) they have a relevant visa under section 49(4) (and, if so, what that is); or (iii) they have neither the appropriate immigration status nor a relevant visa. Where either or both parties do not have the appropriate immigration status or a relevant visa, it also provides that the notice may be accompanied by a statement of their immigration position in the UK.

255.The new section 27E also requires that, where one or both parties has a relevant visa, both parties must provide specified photographs of themselves.

256.The new section 27E also requires that where one or both parties declare that they have neither the appropriate immigration status nor a relevant visa, both parties must provide specified photographs of themselves; their usual address; if their usual address is outside the UK, an address in the UK at which they can be contacted by post; and, information about any other names previously used, and any aliases previously or currently used.

257.Paragraph 5 amends section 28 of the 1949 Act to require the parties to declare that the information and evidence provided with the notice is true.

258.Paragraph 6 amends section 28A (power to require evidence) of the 1949 Act and paragraph 7 inserts new section 28B (provision of evidence), section 28C (additional evidence if party not relevant national), section 28D (change of usual address or UK contact address), section 28E (rejection of false information or evidence), section 28F (amendment of notice and evidence provisions) and section 28G (specified evidence).

259.The new section 28B (provision of evidence) requires that a notice of marriage under section 27 of the 1949 Act must be accompanied by evidence, specified in regulations made under the new section 28G, of the person’s name and surname, date of birth, place of residence and nationality. Section 28B(2) requires a person giving notice of marriage to provide evidence of whether he or she has previously been married or formed a civil partnership and, if so, as to the ending of the marriage or civil partnership.

260.The new section 28C (additional evidence if party not relevant national) requires that, where either party is not a relevant national (British citizen, EEA national or Swiss national) a notice of marriage under section 27 of the 1949 Act must be accompanied by evidence, specified in regulations made under the new section 28G, that they have the appropriate immigration status under section 49(2) or a relevant visa under section 49(4), if either is the case. Where the notice is not accompanied by this evidence, it requires that the notice be accompanied by specified photographs of both parties; their usual address and specified evidence of this; if their usual address is outside the UK, an address in the UK at which they can be contacted by post; and information about any other names previously used, and any aliases previously or currently used.

261.The new section 28D (change of usual address or UK contact address) requires that, once notice has been given, any change of usual address or UK contact address (where such an address has been provided), must be notified by the couple to the Secretary of State, according to regulations subject to the negative resolution procedure.

262.The new section 28E (rejection of false information or evidence) provides that a superintendent registrar may reject any information, photograph or evidence provided in giving notice under section 27 of the 1949 Act, in particular where they have reasonable grounds for suspecting that the information, photograph or evidence is false. If any information, photograph or evidence is rejected, the superintendent registrar may proceed as if it had not been provided.

263.The new section 28F (amendment of notice and evidence provisions) provides that, subject to consultation with the Registrar General, the Secretary of State may, by order subject to the affirmative procedure, amend the information or evidence required to give notice of marriage under section 27 of the 1949 Act and make consequential amendments, including to primary legislation.

264.The new section 28G (specified evidence) provides for the Registrar General to make regulations, with the approval of the Secretary of State, about specified evidence for the purposes of section 8, 16 or 28B. Section 28G also provides that, subject to consultation with the Registrar General, the Secretary of State may make regulations, subject to the negative resolution procedure, about specified evidence for the purposes of new section 28C. The regulations under this section may make provision for example for the kind of evidence to be supplied, the form in which it is to be supplied, and the manner in which it is to be supplied.

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