Changes have been made to rules for those applying to marry or join a partner in the UK.
28 July 2010
Changes to the UK Certificate of Approval Scheme
The UK Government has announced its intention to abolish the Certificate of Approval scheme after a declaration by the UK courts that the scheme is incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
A Remedial Order under the Human Rights Act 1998 has been laid in Parliament to achieve this aim.
Currently, any migrant who is already in the UK and subject to UK immigration control must apply for a Certificate of Approval before they can get married or register a civil partnership in this country (unless they are getting married within the Anglican Church).
Migrants who are subject to immigration control who wish to get married or register a civil partnership must still apply for a Certificate of Approval as the Certificate of Approval scheme remains in operation until the Remedial Order comes into force.
It is expected that the scheme will end in late 2010 or early 2011, subject to Parliamentary scrutiny.
The requirement to give notice in a designated register office is not affected by the proposed abolition of the Certificate of Approval scheme, and those who wish to marry must still give notice even after the scheme is abolished.