The Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is the UK counterpart of the Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) issued by the National Statistics Office here in the Philippines.
Before the Filipina fiancée can marry her British boyfriend and be eligible to apply for a UK Spouse Visa, one of the requirements which she must comply with is proof that her future husband has no legal impediment to marry her in the Philippines.
In order to show this, the British fiancé must present the original Certificate of No Impediment.
The CNI, in effect, confirms that the British national planning to marry the Filipina fiancée here in the Philippines is single and is allowed to marry here.
Eventually, after the two are married, the Filipina spouse can be allowed to file for a UK Spouse Visa application.
Some countries accept the original Certificate of No Impediment as issued by the UK Registrar. Here in the Philippines, however, the Philippine government does not recognize the CNI issued by the UK Registrar.
British fiancés of future applicants for the UK Spouse Visa must therefore initially obtain a CNI from the Registrar Office in the locality and bring the CNI at the UK Embassy here in the Philippines located at “The Fort” in Taguig City in order for the latter to convert it into a local version.
ECO-Friendly stresses that walk-in applicants are generally not accommodated by the embassy (except for very urgent cases) so applicants are advised to visit the UK Embassy in the Philippines website to schedule an appointment at least two weeks in advance.
If all requirements are complied with, the UK Embassy usually issue the local version of the CNI within a day or two.
Some applicants, however, who come from far-flung provinces may be allowed by the Embassy to file the application for the CNI via mail.
All they have to do is coordinate with the Embassy personnel and disclose the reason why they cannot personally file the application for the CNI, and if the reason is valid, their request of application by mail will be granted.
The applicants, however, must make sure that all the supporting documents are included in the packet to be delivered in the UK Embassy in Manila.
Applicants must also enclose a return envelop inside the packet so that the Embassy guys can use it to send the local version of the CNI back to the applicant.
Once the local version of the CNI is issued and all the other requirements for the wedding are gathered and complied with by the couple, they can now be allowed to marry and eventually, the Filipina wife can now be allowed to file for the UK Spouse Visa.
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