Sham Marriage a ‘Massive Loophole’ in Britain’s Border

David Barrett, Telegraph (London), January 23, 2014

Sham marriages are a “massive loophole” in Britain’s border controls and amount to a “golden ticket” into the country for immigrants, an official report has warned.

John Vine, the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, highlighted serious failings in the way officials are attempting to combat bogus marriages.

He found evidence it could be a “growing problem”, but intelligence on the true picture was “lagging behind”.

The report said Home Office analysts said the four main non-European nationalities involved in sham marriages were Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Nigerian.

Men made up more than eight out of 10 of the non-European half of the arrangement. They were typically trying to marry someone from the newer eastern European states.

The report described how many of the women arrived in the country only a few days before the ceremony, and were referred to by immigration officials as “awayday brides”.

A significant number of sham marriages may be going undetected because register offices are failing to report suspicious couples to immigration officials, the report added.

“A Home Office senior manager described the obtaining of residency through sham marriage as akin to a ‘golden ticket’,” it said.

“All staff we interviewed . . . stressed the importance of receiving co-operation from registrars in tackling sham marriage.

“One went so far as to describe sham marriage as a ‘massive loophole in the immigration rules’.”

Just 20 register offices reported more suspicious marriages to the Home Office than the other 88 offices put together, the investigation found.

No reports at all were received from some of the country’s largest cities – although the inspector declined to reveal which ones.

Mr Vine said: “Many register offices refer few, if any, cases of suspected sham marriage to the Home Office, despite the fact that they have a statutory duty to do so.

“This means that a significant number of sham marriages may be going undetected.

“It also creates a risk that sham marriages will be displaced from areas where they are identified to those where they are not.”

He said the Home Office should work with the General Register Office to ensure that all suspicions are reported.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “Registrars have a duty to report suspected sham marriages to the Home Office and we are working more closely with the General Register Office to increase awareness and improve the national response.

“The Immigration Bill will introduce new measures to give our officers and registrars more time to investigate, prosecute and remove those attempting to stage sham marriages.”

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  • dd121

    Find a loophole and there will be a fruitloop to go thru it.

  • Spartacus

    Most marriages between Whites and dark-skins are shams one way or another…

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      They should bring back anti-miscegenation laws. These laws not only ensured white racial purity, but also prevented street-savvy non-whites from commercially exploiting and psychologically manipulating the more vulnerable members of the white population.

      • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

        Who are the female majority every time.

    • bigone4u

      It’s disappointing that Eastern European women would do this. If they’re going to marry outside their own countries, I’d rather see them marry a good White Nationalist man here in the USA. Many young men who are race realists can’t get a lady, what with feminism and other rot holding them back.

      • Spartacus

        Most of those aren’t actually eastern Europeans. Many are gypsies, turks, tatars or other non-Whites .

        • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

          Spart – you’re wrong. Here in the U.S. the far majority of Eastern Europeans are genuine Slavs.

          • Spartacus

            Of course there’s Whites involved in it as well, but the majority of this particular trade is non-White . We had a case a few years back, with a gypsy clan from Timisoara marrying arabs so they can get citizenship, then divorcing them in a year or two. They’d get around 20-30K euros per “new European” .

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Ah love…
    Of benefits and the dole.

  • Luca

    The real sham are the current immigration policies of most White western nations.

    They are a course in national suicide orchestrated by the Liberal Progressive Marxists.

  • David Ashton

    Wham sham, thank you mam.

  • bigone4u

    Once had a white female student tell me that she was offered $10,000 to marry a muzzie so that he could stay in the USA. No martial duties expected, with a divorce forthcoming in a few years. This was 25 years ago. It’s so easy for them to get in legally now that I’m sure it’s less common today.

  • Galtonian

    So Britain still thinks they have a border????

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    This isn’t new. When will Britons start to take back their island?

    • David Ashton

      We’re working on it, as best we can and as decently as we can.