Increase in Proxy Marriages Hitting Immigration

Earlier this week, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, warned that proxy marriages are increasing within the UK; as individuals look to subvert immigration rules.

Within a report, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has suggested that rates of proxy marriages – which occur when neither party are present at the wedding ceremony, instead represented by someone else – are running at twice the rate of marriages of convenience.

According to data within the report, by October last year, 20 percent of people applying for residence in the UK on marriage grounds had been involved in proxy ceremonies.

In addition, the data also revealed that 80 percent of 29 sample proxy marriages involving a European Union national and non-European spouse, where the couple remained in Britain but were represented by others at an overseas wedding ceremony, proved invalid.

Further data released in the report has also suggested that there are increasing attempts to exploit the European Union’s free market.

Whilst the latest report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has warned that proxy marriages are increasing, as people look to subvert immigration rules; for those individuals who are facing immigration issues – or having difficulties obtaining marriage and / or family visas; our immigration solicitors in London can assist.

For over 20 years we have been working within immigration law, covering a number of immigration, visa and asylum matters – meaning whatever issues you are facing, we are ideally placed to offer honest, impartial and tailored legal advice.

To find out how we can assist you, contact our immigration solicitors in London today.

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