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Certificate of No Impediment and Nulla Ostas

A Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is a certificate which confirms there are no
objections to your proposed marriage.

If you are getting married overseas, you may be asked to prove that you are
single or that you are allowed to marry. In most cases, you will be able to obtain
a CNI for this purpose. You should check with the authorities in the country where
you are getting married if you need a CNI.

A Nulla Osta is the Italian version of the Certificate of No Impediment.

I have been told I need a Certificate of No Impediment or Nulla Osta.
How can I get one?

In most cases, if you are marrying overseas and you live in the UK, you can
obtain a CNI from your local register office. If you live overseas, you should
contact your nearest British Embassy or Consulate who will be able to provide
you with details on how to apply for a CNI. There are exceptions to this
(principally for marriages in Commonwealth countries or if you are marrying an
Irish national) and further details on these can be found below.

You should check with the authorities in the country where you are marrying
whether they can accept the CNI as issued by the UK registrar or if it must be
exchanged for a locally acceptable version (ie a certificate in the local language)
issued by the British Embassy or Consulate. If it needs to be exchanged for a
locally acceptable version please contact the nearest British Embassy or
Consulate to where you are getting married who will be able to do this for you.

If the authorities will accept the CNI as issued in the UK you should also check
whether it needs to be legalised or translated into the local language.

‘Legalised’ means the certificate needs to be stamped with an official stamp (an
apostille) by the UK Legalisation Office. We can do this for you - see our
Legalisation pages for more information.

If you need to have your CNI translated please contact the Institute of Linguists
who will be able to provide you details of certified translators.

Exceptions

Marrying in Italy: once you have obtained your CNI from your local register office
(or British Consulate if you live overseas), you will need to exchange it for a
‘Nulla Osta’ at the nearest British Embassy or Consulate in Italy to where you are
getting married.

Marrying in a Commonwealth country: you cannot obtain a Certificate of No
Impediment for a marriage in a Commonwealth country. You will need to speak to
the authorities conducting your marriage ceremony to make them aware that
you cannot obtain this and ask them what sort of alternative (if any) should be
provided instead.

Details on how to apply and the fees involved are below. (Your Irish fiancé/e should contact the Irish authorities to obtain their CNI. The Affidavit should bear the official stamp of the Commissioner of Oaths. Applying for a CNI/Nulla Osta to marry an Irish national through our office in London Before submitting your application: Step1: You must publicly announce your intended marriage through a notice which must be in your local newspaper for at least one week: that is. Please reproduce the correct text onto another piece of paper . Please ensure you use the correct wording when placing your announcement or you risk invalidating the application. The application form provides details of the correct and legally acceptable wording of the announcement.Marrying an Irish national: • If you live in England or Wales. Step 2: You must swear an Affidavit in front of a Commissioner of Oaths. Again. you can obtain your CNI from your local register office. do not include paragraph four. Submitting the application: Please complete a Certificate of No Impediment or Nulla Osta application form. If you’ve been previously married. Ensure you include the originals of all the documents indicated on the checklist along with the requested number of photocopies. If you are marrying in Italy. and we will not be held responsible for any resulting inconveniences.do not use the specimen provided. a specimen affidavit is included in the application form. If you are marrying in Italy you will need to exchange your CNI for a Nulla Osta at thenearest British Embassy or Consulate in Italy to where you are getting married.) • If you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. . You will need to apply for a CNI through our office in London. Incomplete/incorrect applications will be returned. Please take care to provide all the information and documents requested and allow sufficient time for the application to be processed. you will need to apply for a Nulla Osta through our office in London. seven consecutive days in a daily newspaper or once only in a weekly newspaper. you will not be able to obtain a CNI from your local register office.

You will be contacted by the Consulate when the CNI/Nulla Osta is ready for collection. If you do not include sufficient postage we will assume that you are content for your personal documents to be returned by regular mail and we will not be held responsible for any resulting loss.00 (not including postage. a friend or relative) Fees The fee for this service is £65. Address to send applications: Nulla Ostas/Certificates of No Impediment Consular Directorate K4.All applications are dealt with by post and as you are required to provide original documents containing personal information we recommend that you use special delivery to ensure their safe delivery and return. If you pay on-line please include a copy of your confirmation e-mail or payment reference with the application. though during busy periods this deadline may slip. or include the postage fee (£10). in order for us to return your original documents to you. made payable to ‘The FCO’ or by debit/credit card using our on-line payment service below. either by you or a third party (eg your wedding planner. but you should check this with the local authorities conducting your marriage ceremony. You can pay by postal order or bank draft. You will also be required to pay a further fee of £65.00 at the British Consulate when you collect your CNI/Nulla Osta. Please contact your local British Consulate for payment instructions. Card payments are only valid for applications being made in the UK. March 2013) but this is subject to change. Once processed in London your application will be acknowledged and your original documents will be returned. This is usually valid for three months. We cannot accept personal cheques. You will need to include a pre-paid. price correct. If you are applying directly to your local British Consulate overseas. self addressed special delivery envelope. The application will then be forwarded to the relevant British Consulate who will issue the CNI or Nulla Osta. you should not use this payment method. Applications are processed within 20 working days of receipt.9 Foreign & Commonwealth Office King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH .