Updated guidance for the clergy on marriage law:
The sixth issue of the General Register Office’s Clergy Newsletter is available to read, along with earlier editions: www.gov.uk/government/publications/clergy-newsletters.
A new edition of the ‘Guidebook for the Clergy’ is now available: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-the-clergy. This is an important update because it takes account of the changes in the law brought about by the Immigration Act 2014. In particular, the flow-chart in Appendix B of the Guidance will assist clergy in establishing whether a person who does not have a current British Passport is a British National.
Changes to the law for non-European nationals wishing to marry in the Church of England:
Please be aware of the implications of the Immigration Act 2014 on marriages in the Church of England. From 2nd March 2015, it is no longer lawful for the marriage of a non-EEA (i.e. non-European) national to be solemnized in the Church of England after the publication of banns or by a common marriage licence (unless a couple has been informed that the ‘transitional arrangements’ will apply to them). All such weddings will now have to be authorised by Superintendent Registrar’s Certificates. Read our pages on marriage law for further information.