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The United Kingdom is so much concerned about immigration deceptions, like sham marriages, practiced by people in order to enter or become permanent residents of the nation that the nation has come up with new measures to prevent such practices across the nation. The UK Border Agency is providing training to a number of clerics on how to identify fake marriages that usually take place in Churches. Recently, a dozen of Church of England clerics were being provided with the training so that can spot fraudulent marriages, which will help the UKBA in preventing, thereby discarding such illegal practices from the nation.
The training session, which run for half day was utilized in giving tips to the clerics how to determine whether a wedding is genuine or not by the UKBA immigration officials. Most common sign of a sham marriage is that one of the couple is usually from outside the European Union nations, who is marrying the other person who is from the Europe. This combination often gives the outsider the right to stay in the United Kingdom, which also carries the right to work there, as well as claim various benefits.
The clerics of the particular England church called Diocese of Chelmsford were also given information and ideas how to identify false marriage documents, as well as other credentials. The information provided by specialist UK Border Agency’s forgery officials. Along with the training session, UK Border Agency has also been carrying out many different operations to prevent sham marriages in the United Kingdom.
This couple came at Sheffield Town Hall to marry each other. Rather, they ended up being the target of the arrest which was planned by the local police to detect a sham marriage scam. The man, a Pakistani by birth and aged 29 wanted to tie the knot with a Slovakian woman, aged 35. She lives in Darnall on a legal basis. But both faced arrest as they are accused of having connections with exploiting the immigration related laws.
Reports say that it was planned marriage, the sole purpose of which is to provide immigration status to the husband. Speculations are that the main motto was the intention to keep the Pakistani national for long term in Britain.
In addition to these arrests, five other people were also taken into custody as they have been speculated to have been a part of the wedding ceremony. It has been believed that they hold involvement in the scam marriage.
Scam marriages are very common in various countries. It was not long back when 5 people were taken into custody regarding the matter of sham marriage. They revealed that women are provided with a healthy pay of £12,000and asked to show their participation in the sham marriage. This was relevant for Nigerian men who intend to settle down in the UK and get indulge in all kinds of fake marriages for fulfilling their purposes.
People who were taken into custody were driven into police vans from the city centre. The issue of illegal immigration and sham marriage are becoming an issue of serious concern in all the countries. These cases only strengthen this aspect even further.
Neville Sprague, a chief immigration officer complained about his senior officers for ignoring the issues related to fake marriages and also discouraging him to do the same. There are so many illegal immigrants who successfully achieve to stay in Britain illegally through fake marriages.
Neville was trying to investigate the case of fake marriages but he was forced by his bosses to stay away from it. To stay in Britain, illegal immigrants apply for ‘spouse’ visas and with the help of fake marriages; they manage to get the visa. Such undocumented immigrants then freely enjoy the various facilities such as healthcare, education and other benefits which come with spouse visas.
It is really surprising to know that when Neville expressed his desire to investigate such cases, instead of being supported by his department, he was sacked from his job. One of the former police officer informed that the reason he was sacked was that he was insisting on investigating those cases which the department did not want him to be investigate.
In his statement told to the press, Neville said that he had enough evidence with himself in those cases which he was investigating but his senior officers did not supported him at all. Illegal immigration through fake marriages has increased up to fifty percent since the Law Lords toughen the Home Office marriage rules. Despite this, poor officer had to struggle to draw the attention of his senior officials towards this thing.