In 2016, the Home Office published its new guidance on Marriage Investigations. According to the document, the guidance is, “aimed primarily at Immigration Enforcement staff involved in investigating allegations of sham marriage, civil partnerships and marriages of convenience.”
One of the biggest fears of couples applying for a Spouse or Civil Partnership Visa is that they will be accused of entering into a marriage of convenience and in turn, their application will be denied.
To qualify for a UK spouse / marriage visa you must satisfy the following requirements:
The Immigration Act 2014 states that a marriage is a sham marriage if all of the following apply:
A sham marriage can be an attractive option for non-EEA nationals who want to remain in the UK or enter the country. Once a Spouse Visa has been granted, the applicant can work, study and live freely in the UK and apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years.
If you cannot provide all the necessary documentation, or the immigration officer managing your application suspects that your marriage is not genuine, you may be asked to attend a Spouse Visa Interview.
The interviewer may meet with you and your spouse separately to ensure you give the same answers to the questions they ask. Examples of questions include:
A Spouse Visa Interview should be taken very seriously. If there are any discrepancies in your answers to the questions, it is unlikely that you will receive an opportunity to rectify them.
The best way to ensure you are not required to attend a Spouse Visa Interview test is to instruct a solicitor who will assist you with your application and the collation of the necessary documents. If an interview is requested, an experienced immigration solicitor can assist you and your spouse with preparing for it.
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