Needing Certificates of Approval to Marriage in UK

If you are not British or a citizen from an EEA country, or you are subject to immigration control while in the UK, you may need to apply for a Certificate of Approval from the Home Office to get married legally or to enter into a civil partnership in the UK.


If you are coming to the UK from overseas to get married or register your civil partnership, before you can give a registrar notice to marry or register your civil partnership you must have in your passport:

  • fiancé(e) entry clearance; or

  • proposed civil partner entry clearance; or

  • marriage visitor entry clearance; or

  • civil partnership visitor entry clearance.

If you are already in the UK, before giving a registrar notice to marry or register your civil partnership you will need to:

  • have settled status in the UK or

  • obtain a certificate of approval .

There is no right of appeal against a refusal of a certificate of approval so it is important to get the right advice.

Stepstones Visas Limited advisors are experienced in advising on applications for Certificates of Approval for migrants who wish to get married in the UK. We are able to advise on all of the requirements and implications of the new House of Lords ruling on the Certificated of Approval.

Contact Us to find out how we can help you.


  • Tier 1, for which the Highly Skilled
    Migrant Programme (HSMP) was a forerunner, enables highly skilled
    individuals to enter the UK to contribute
    to its economic wealth and productivity. Read more ....

  • Tier 2, is for skilled workers who
    have been offered employment in
    the UK. It has replaced the previous
    Work Permit scheme. Read more ....

  • Tier 4 is for those wishing to study in the
    UK. It has comprehensively replaced the
    Immigration Rules relating to students.
    Read more ....

  • Tier 5 is for youth mobility and temporary
    workers. Their reasons for coming to the
    UK are non-economic. Read more ....


There were 53,935 PBS applications in 2008/2009.

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