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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.
A pardon for all the refugees in Britain has been ruled out by the government of the nation. The UK government has committed itself to a summer of major crackdown when it comes to illegal migration. This is especially for those undocumented migrants coming from outside the European Union. There have been cases of fake marriages to obtain a visa as well as human trafficking.
Damian Green, the Immigration Minister affirmed that a cap would be set on immigration by this autumn for those who would want to enter from outside the European Union. However, permitting refuge to a certain set of undocumented migrants who are already residing in the nation has been approved by some of the law makers and few sections of the ruling coalition. Granting amnesty would mean that these people could work and pay taxes and reside legally in the nation. However, such an amnesty has been completely ruled out by Green.
As per Green, the main objective of the coalition government is to bring about a pressure downwards when it comes to immigration from nations not belonging to the EU. This is to ensure that the total immigration numbers falls down to tens of thousands till the next election which is to take place in 2015. More so, there has been a common perception that the borders of the nations are not well protected and it is easy for people to walk in illegally and reside here. This thought has to be changed for which measures have to be taken. This could be done only be reducing the number of people coming to UK which would also cater to restoring the confidence of the public.
He also said that France would not be followed when it comes to women wearing full face covering veil. Such laws would not be adopted in Britain. This would be against being a tolerant and a mutually respectful society.
A recent study has indicated strong measures to be taken towards issues pertaining to domestic violence which involves honor killings. This is especially true for women in India and other South Asian communities in Canada. These measures should include counseling sessions being conducted by the Canadian Missions for Women residing in their nation of origin such as India and Pakistan prior to their wedding.
The study was conducted by an Indo-Canadian Aruna Papp and is known as “Culturally Driven Violence Against Women”. As per Papp, the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada happens in this rapidly growing Asian community in Canada.
According to her, most of these spouses come from India and Pakistan who bear the brunt of this violence and as these women are sponsored, they should be counseled appropriately before they set off on their journey to Canada. The main purpose behind conducting these sessions is to educate such women regarding their rights as well as the culture and values in Canada. It would also equip these women on how to access the Canadian help centers in times of need.
With the above, recommendations were also brought about for compulsory orientation for men as well (those sponsoring their spouses) to educate their spouses regarding the details of rules and regulations regarding the sponsorship. Gender equality is another aspect of concern where in men need to be educated.
On the other hand, with the number of fake marriages on the rise, applications submitted by men should be investigated thoroughly to check whether or not they have been married before. And if yes, the number of times that they were in the wedlock previously should be found out. Simultaneously, the pattern for these applications filed should also be traced.
Another important aspect is cultural training and competency of Canadian immigration officers which would equip them to catch such individuals. This would help in easing out the process of immigration.
There were other similar measures which have recommended by Papp in her study such the removal of fake consultants and so on.
Recently, Indian groom and Polish bride have been arrested just before they were to get married for they are alleged with entering into ‘sham’ wedlock. When the couple with two of their witnesses was going to perform their wedding formalities at the Oxfordshire Register Office, Oxford, the officials informed the UK Border Agency of possible intentions of assisting illegal immigration.
Along with the couple, both the witnesses have also been arrested. The registration wedding service was operated by the Oxfordshire County Council that considers matters like fake marriages as a serious offense. Whenever they encounter such cases, they report to the country’s respective agency responsible for immigration services. Following the raid at the Oxford Registration Office, the UKBA officials performed seizure at two more addresses in Oxford as part of the investigation into false marriages.
As per reports, false marriages have been growing in number in the UK. The previous year, a total of 529 cases were reported by various registrars in England and Wales. Compared to the figures of 2008, last year’s figure was up fifty-four percent. Regarding the increasing instances of sham marriages, the UK Border Agency considers a few factors accountable. The factors include the tougher immigration regulations in terms of illegal work and entry. The agency is committed to take actions whenever it feels that a marriage is not genuine or is reported of any such case by any entity. In most cases, the UKBA is informed of suspected fake marriages by registrars.
The UK Home Office has cleared that they hold the rights to act against people, who try to abuse the immigration rules with any of their actions, be it false marriages. If they find a marriage is not genuine, the people are sure to face challenges.