If I go to UK on visitor visa, am I allowed to marry an EEA national and apply for a residence card?

  • You have tagged Italy & UK. Where do you want to reside? What is your nationality? Are you currently a resident in the EEA? Is your to be spouse already living in the UK? What is their residence status?
    – user19540
    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:05
  • He comes and goes to UK, we are not yett Mar 10, 2020 at 6:06
  • married he lives permanently in italy , if i have schengen visa can i get married in Italy Mar 10, 2020 at 6:07
  • but can we marry in UK and apply for residence card Mar 10, 2020 at 6:07
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    Please update the question to provide all the required details in a clear and concise manner.
    – user19540
    Mar 10, 2020 at 6:09

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No, if the purpose of your visit to the UK is explicitly to marry and settle. https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa

Visitors who have entered the UK as a genuine visitor and subsequently wish to marry or form a civil partnership can give notice https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships/give-notice of their intention to marry at their local register office but the immigration authorities at the Home Office will be told.

The Home Office might:

  • 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

Source: https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships

For a detailed description of the steps required to marry in England and Wales, see https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/living-together-marriage-and-civil-partnership/getting-married/ and for Scotland see https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/getting-married-in-scotland/how-do-i-go-about-it

For you to get a residence permit in the UK after your marriage, your Italian spouse would need to be exercising his freedom of movement rights to live in the UK. There is a brief overview of what this means during the post-Brexit transition period here https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49973387

  • There is also a visa which allows you to travel to the UK to get married and stay as a visitor for up to 6 months.
    – user19540
    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:28
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    @jason.kaisersmith I doubt the OP is eligible for the MVV if the explicit intention at the time of application is to stay in the UK after marriage gov.uk/marriage-visa
    – Traveller
    Mar 10, 2020 at 8:41
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    Maybe not, although the OP is a bit vague about their circumstances. But also worth noting for others in the future who may come across the post for whom it may be more applicable.
    – user19540
    Mar 10, 2020 at 9:23
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    @jason.kaisersmith From previous questions expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/20158/… and expatriates.stackexchange.com/questions/20209/… it seems the OP is marrying an Italian citizen who lives in Italy
    – Traveller
    Mar 10, 2020 at 18:59

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