Weddings and civil partnerships
If you and/ or your partner are subject to immigration control in the UK and want to get married or register a partnership here, you need to apply for a visa.
- If you want to get married in the UK and both you and your partner are from outside European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you need to apply for a marriage visitor visa.
- If you're from outside the EEA and your partner isn't from the UK but does belong to the EEA or Switzerland, you need to apply for an EEA family permit.
- If your partner is a British citizen and you want to settle here, you need to apply for a family of a settled person visa.
You must marry or register a civil partnership within 1 year of receiving your visa or permit.
Kent's designated register office
If either partner is subject to immigration control, you will need to give notice to marry or register a civil partnership with a registrar at a designated office.
You will need to wait 28 days after giving notice before you can get married. This may be extended to 70 days for Non EEA citizens.