NRI Marriage Registration Bill: What you need to know

The NRI Marriage Registration Bill is a new law that was passed in India in 2019. This bill seeks to provide a simpler and more efficient process for marriage registration for non-resident Indians (NRIs) and persons of Indian origin (PIOs). The law will help ensure that the rights of NRIs and PIOs are protected, both in India and abroad. It also provides an important safeguard against fraudulent marriages by ensuring that any marriages performed outside of India are legally recognized in the country. 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the NRI Marriage Registration Bill and what it means for NRIs and PIOs. We’ll explore the requirements of the bill, as well as how it can benefit those who choose to register their marriages under it.

Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident of India Bill Proposal

The primary purpose of the Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident of India Bill proposal is to make it easier for NRIs to register their marriages in India. The Bill proposes to amend the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act, 1886 so that an NRI can register their marriage by giving notice to the Registrar within 30 days of the marriage ceremony, instead of the current requirement of 60 days.

If an NRI fails to give notice to the Registrar within 30 days, they will still be able to register their marriage but will be required to provide additional documentation, such as a copy of their passport and marriage certificate.

The Bill also proposes to allow for the registration of marriages by proxy, so that an NRI can appoint someone else to register their marriage on their behalf. This would be particularly useful in cases where the NRI is unable to travel back to India within the 30 day time period.

Once registered, the NRI’s marriage would be considered valid in India and they would not need to go through any further legal formalities in order to have their marriage recognized in India. This would simplify the process for NRIs who wish to marry in India and make it more straightforward for them to comply with Indian law.

Registering Marriage

If you are an NRI planning to get married in India, you need to be aware of the new NRI Marriage Registration Bill. This bill was introduced in Parliament in December 2019 and is still awaiting presidential assent. If it becomes law, it will have a huge impact on NRIs getting married in India.

Under the proposed bill, NRIs will have to register their marriage at the Indian embassy or consulate nearest to them. They will also have to give notice of their marriage intent at least 30 days before the wedding date. After the marriage is registered, they will be issued a certificate that will be valid for two years.

The bill also makes it mandatory for NRIs to inform the Registrar General of India about any changes in their marital status within 30 days. This includes divorce, annulment, or the death of a spouse.

If you are an NRI planning to get married soon, it is important that you keep abreast of developments on this bill. It could have a significant impact on your plans.

Status of the Bill

The NRI Marriage Registration Bill was first introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2019, by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani. The Bill seeks to amend the Special Marriage Act, of 1954 so as to provide for the registration of marriages of non-resident Indian citizens with Indian citizens and vice versa.

The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs on August 2, 2019. The Committee submitted its report on the Bill to the Lok Sabha on December 5, 2019. The report was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019.

The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 12, 2019, and by the Rajya Sabha on December 18, 2019. Presidential assent is awaited.

Things to Remember

There are a few things to keep in mind when registering for an NRI marriage. 

  • First, both parties must be present at the time of registration.
  • Second, all required documents must be presented at the time of registration.
  • Third, the registration fee is $50. 
  • Lastly, the marriage will be registered in the state in which it occurred.


As an NRI, you are subject to the laws of both your home country and the country in which you are currently residing. This can create a confusing and complicated legal situation when it comes to getting married.

The NRI Marriage Registration Bill is designed to simplify the process of getting married for NRIs. The bill eliminates the need for a civil or religious ceremony in order to be legally married. Instead, all you need to do is sign a marriage registration form at the office of the Registrar General of India.

The bill also allows NRIs to register their marriages even if they are not currently residing in India. This is a convenient option for those who want to get married but cannot travel to India at the moment.

The bill is still in its early stages and has not yet been passed into law. However, it is expected to pass soon and will make getting married as an NRI much simpler and easier.

In Summary, the Marriage Registration Bill is a piece of legislation that seeks to make it easier for NRIs to marry people in India. It does this by allowing NRIs to register their marriages in India and apply for a 'Foreigner's Certificate of Registration' (FCR), which will allow them to get married and have the same rights as an Indian citizen.

Currently, NRIs are not allowed to get married in India unless they have their spouse’s permission. This law change will mean that they will be able to get married with relative ease and that they can apply for an FCR once they do so.

This bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of Parliament, which means that it is now awaiting approval from the Rajya Sabha (Upper House). Once it passes through both houses, it will become legislation and can be implemented by all state governments across the country.