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Fight to Stop It
Immigration Marriage Fraud UK is a campaign group set up to stop the criminal abuse of marriage in cases where one party deceives the other into believing they are in a genuine relationship. This is marriage fraud (not marriage sham which is when both parties willingly participate in a fake marriage). In many cases once Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is obtained, the foreign spouse leaves the marriage within days. Deception is cited in Immigration guidelines as a cause for revoking visas and passports but even when proven, the UKBA takes no notice.
We aim to campaign the UK Government to recognise deception in marriage as a crime and revise the present Immigration Law concerning marriages to foreign spouses.
Marriage fraud occurs when an individual pretends to be in love with someone and marries the person with the sole purpose of immigrating to or obtaining permanent resident status in the spouse's country of residence.
Lying and deceiving the other person about the true purpose of the marriage constitutes the fraud. Marriage fraud is not gender- or race- or country- specific. Individuals all over the world can fall victim to marriage fraud. Immigration laws differ from country to country, but all governments and law enforcement officials must work to combat marriage fraud.
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Since July 2012 applicant spouses need to be in the UK for five years before they can apply for settlement. Obviously the government saw a pressing need to act due to many retrospective cases coming to light. However, this rule is disappointingly not in retrospect. It has left vulnerable victims of fraud and deceit with no recourse, having been used for the purpose of attaining Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. We feel that further support for people in this position is required to end loopholes in the law which immigrant spouses are willing to exploit. We must continue to raise awareness of these cases by contacting our MPs and decision makers to ensure these deceptive individuals are returned to their home country.
We have all experienced difficulties getting the authorities to take the issue of marriage by deception seriously and to understand that these are long cons with the aim of gaining citizenship and our financial assets. Many of us are left feeling raped emotionally, financially and physically through rape by deception (consent). The bottom line is that these are Frauds and Fraud and misrepresentation are grounds to have ILR and Citizenship revoked. Our aim is to get the Police and Home Office to work together, create systems and processes and to get these criminals where they should be – behind bars and deported.
The issue is complicated due to anomalies in the law however if countries like Canada can change the law and start the deportations so can the UK.
To begin we want to point out the first steps you should take.
- Call Action Fraud and get yourself a number. This organisation is there to collate statistics and to ensure that your information is passed to the Police. www.actionfraud.police.uk 0300 123 2040
- Go to the Police with this number and get yourself a CAD number
- Go on the Gov Site and fill in the form making certain that you quote these numbers and give contact details for the Police. This proves to the Home Office that you are a victim and your case needs to be taken immediately and seriously. www.amsallegations.homeoffice.gov.uk
If your Police will not take you seriously the fact that you have an Action Fraud number will mean you are in the system. Action Frauds advice if you cannot get the Police to investigate is to complete the IPCC form which the Police will be very wary of.
It should not be like this but at the moment it is and we have to work with the power we have to make the authorities investigate our cases.
As soon as possible get yourself a letter from the Police saying that there is an investigation for Bigamy, Fraud or any other associated crimes. Even if you cannot do this ensure that you write to the Land Registry explaining the situation to see if you can stop any charges being put on your property. Once these are on you cannot remove without a Court Case so prevention is better. N.B. Even if your spouse is not a name on the Land Registry title, never made a mortgage payment, signed property disclaimers or even Divorce papers lodged your spouse can make a claim for your property.
Keep the issue with the Criminal Law not the Civil Law as criminal investigations and the law take precedence over any civil actions…………….and buys you some holding time.
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