Marriage not enough for allowing immigrants to stay in UK
21 June 2010: The UK Border Agency has clarified that marriage is enough to get permission to stay in the UK; and the couples must establish they have been in a genuine relationship for at least two years.
The UKBA assistant director Sam Bullimore has stated: ‘People should be under no illusion that marriage is enough to get permission to stay in the UK. Couples must also prove to the UK Border Agency that they have been in a genuine relationship for at least two years.’
As of now, the African wanting to stay in Britain and eastern Europeans having a right to live in the country are vulnerable to exploitation.
A substantial number of European nationals tend to be migrant workers coming to the UK in the hope of a better life.
But they find themselves living and working in conditions of real hardship. Sham marriage often offers a solution to their monetary problems and they fall in the trap.
The UKBA has already made it clear tying the knot with illegal migrants to facilitate their illegal entry into the UK can send the `bogus brides’ behind bars for six months, besides deportation.
Any information you want on marriages can be had from the Foreigners in UK website. You can log on to https://www.foreignersinuk.co.uk/guides_2.html