process and requirements
The High Commission welcomes Rwandans and other nationalities who wish to celebrate their civil marriage in accordance with Rwandan marriage Law. The High Commission of Rwanda is a legally recognised office of registrar for marriages by the Government of Rwanda.
An appointment is required to give notice of marriage at our consular office. Please telephone 0207 224 9832 to make an appointment.
You must both attend at consular office in person to give your Notices of Marriage.
A Notice of Marriage is the legal preliminaries to a civil marriage whereby each party to the proposed marriage must attend in person before a Registrar and declare that they are legally free to marry and produce certain documents.
- A fee of £50 is payable into the consular bank account of Rwanda High Commission for this service. Provide proof of payment.
- Both of you must be 21 years old or over.
- You will need to produce your passport as proof of your nationality. Either one or both of you must be Rwandan national. If either of you are NOT a British, European Economic Area or Swiss National and you do not have Diplomatic Status, a Certificate of Right of Abode or are visiting armed forces, you are subject to immigration control according to immigration law in the United Kingdom and Ireland. You must produce your passport as proof of your nationality which must contain either:
- a marriage visitor VISA
- an appropriate VISA
- a fiance(e) VISA
- Or an Indefinite Leave to Remain /Residence Permit from the UK Home Office or Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (please provide link to www. Inis.gov.ie)
- If you have none of the above please contact the UK Home Office on 0870 606 7766 or Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (please provide link to www. Inis.gov.ie) on (01) 616 77000 to obtain a Certificate of Approval.
- You must also provide proof of residency e.g. recent utility bill or bank statement
- Authenticated deed for the proof of settlement of the dowry to the family of the fiancée.
- You must both provide “attestation de celibat”.
- If either of you have been married before, you will need your original final divorce/dissolution papers bearing the court’s original stamp*. If divorce/dissolution papers are not in Kinyarwanda or English, you must provide a translation in addition to the original documents. If you are giving notice and following your divorce, you have reverted back to your maiden/previous name (which is different to that on the decree absolute); then your previous marriage certificate will be required to confirm the original name. Please ask when you make your appointment booking if you think that this may apply to you.
- *Copies of divorce/dissolution papers can be obtained from the Rwanda, Ireland or UK court where the decree absolute was granted.
- If your spouse has died, a certificate of their death must be produced. If your name does not appear anywhere on that death certificate, then we will require to see your previous marriage certificate to confirm your relationship to the deceased.
Other documents may also be required depending on your circumstances. For example, any change of name documents such as deed poll or change of name deed.
On the day of the wedding, you will need to bring with you at least two other people who are prepared to witness the ceremony and sign to that effect (if an interpreter is required they must act as a witness).
Your marriage cannot go ahead unless the legal formalities have been completed. Notice of marriage must be given in person to the Registrar by you and your partner. No one else can do so on your behalf.
Payment for Marriage Registration
The High Commission DOES NOT process payment by cash, postal orders or cheques. All payments must be made by bank transfer, online transfer or direct cash deposit to the Rwanda High Commission Consular Account using the details below:
NOTE: All applications must be submitted with a proof of payment (i.e. Payment receipt, payment confirmation, cash deposit receipt from our bank, transfer receipt from your bank, screenshot of online banking transfer with amount, date and account information visible)
Bank Account Details;
Account Name: Rwanda High Commission
Sort Code: 60-83-03
IBAN: GB95GTBI60830323389012 | SWIFT Code: GTBIGB2L
Address: GT Bank, 62 Margaret Street, London, W1W 8TF.
Please use applicant’s name as payment reference