Over 350 phoney marriage couples are in the UK

More than 350 fictitious marriage partners have avoided prosecution and been given permission to remain in the UK.

A post-Brexit plan that granted EU nationals and their spouses the right to stay was abused by 365 wedding fraudsters.

Despite this, not a single one of them has been expelled in the previous two years, and the most recent prosecution took place around four years ago.

In the most recent criminal case, four persons were denied permission to remain in the UK, and nine people were found guilty.

The BBC made Freedom of Information Act requests to learn more about the new statistics.

The Home Office responded to the results by claiming that the coronavirus epidemic had resulted in fewer investigations.

After the UK left the EU, the EU Settlement Scheme, which was established in 2018, allowed EU nationals and their families to remain in the Kingdom.

They have to move there by December 2020 and request permission to remain, among other requirements.

Couples sought to take advantage of the programme, according to BBC News, by getting married in a fake ceremony.

An EU citizen gave their fictitious non-EU spouse residence privileges.

According to the FOI requests, there were 365 fake unions between citizens of the EU and non-EU countries between March 2018 and September 2021.

There were participants from 60 different nations, but Albanians made up the majority with 146 participants.

“These networks know how to trick the system and they are generating money from those who are eager to pay,” Dr. Ervin Muco, an Albanian physician, told the BBC.

The majority of Albanian males who have emigrated recently have gone to Italy or Greece, although some of them have had trouble obtaining citizenship in these nations.

So some males do look for wives among ladies from European nations.

They are eligible for all the advantages of being a citizen of the EU.

And many Albanians have been drawn to the UK because it is an EU member.

Sham marriages, according to the Home Office, are taken very seriously.

As the public should expect, a spokesman declared: “To suggest otherwise is incorrect.

We take abuse of the spouse-and-partner immigration routes very seriously.

If someone is found to be in a sham marriage or civil partnership, “We will not hesitate to take enforcement action against them, including cancelling their leave and removing them from the UK.”

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