Marriage in the UK on Visitor Visa

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Can you marry a UK citizen while on a visitor’s visa in the UK.

In many countries anyone can get married, and then have to leave when their visa expires.


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The UK may not be quite as straightforward as this.

The UK rule seems different in some ways, with the following from the UK gov.uk Marriages and civil partnerships in England and Wales

If you or your partner is a foreign national and you do not have a marriage visitor visa or family visa…

You can still give notice of your intention to get married or form a civil partnership but the immigration authorities at the Home Office will be told.

The Home Office might:


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    • ask questions about you and your relationship – if this happens you may need to wait up to 70 days before getting married or forming a civil partnership
    • decide not to approve your notice – if this happens you cannot get married or form a civil partnership in the UK

A Marriage Visitor visa covers you if you’re not planning to stay or settle in the UK after your marriage or civil partnership. Marriage Visitor visa


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