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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Sri Lankan Arrested In Sham Wedding In England

London, 02 November, (

A 23-year-old Sri Lankan man was arrested by Home Office enforcement officers in connection with a sham wedding at Harrow Register Office a few days ago. He had overstayed his visa and had been due to marry a 21-year-old Italian woman.

Acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine, officers intervened and prevented the wedding from taking place. The operation was carried out with the full co-operation of the superintendent registrar.

According to British High Commission, arrests used to be carried out by trained immigration officers who carry out operations at businesses, private addresses and Register Offices, acting on intelligence received from the public and other sources.

The 'bride' was questioned by officers and released, while the Sri Lankan man was placed on immigration bail while his case is progressed. He faces removal from the UK if found to have no permission to stay.

A sham marriage or civil partnership typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.

Measures outlined in the UK’s recently unveiled Immigration Bill include extending the marriage and civil penalty notice period to 28 days in England and Wales, and 70 days in some circumstances. This will give immigration officers and registrars more time to investigate, prosecute and remove those attempting to stage sham marriages.

- Asian Tribune -

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