sham marriage

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sham marriage

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love. Any couple suspected of entering into a sham marriage to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into sham marriages to protect them from public scrutiny.
See also: marriage, sham
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A GARDA probe has identified more than 130 taxi drivers believed to be part of a sham marriage racket.
Police arrested a man in Nicosia on Sunday evening wanted in connection with a sham marriage.
A GROOM in a sham marriage has been handed an extra jail term after trying to flee the country after his conviction.
In 2012, Slovakians Helen Kulova, 47, Ivan Balog, 27, and Renata Kulova, 20, were jailed for three years each at Dundee Sheriff Court after they promised 19-year-old Anna Tothova a "better life" if she entered into a sham marriage.
ACOUPLE who only met for the first time on their wedding day and who couldn't even speak each other's language have been jailed for their part in a sham marriage scam.
A FOREIGN couple who took part in a sham marriage to allow the woman to remain in the UK were jailed.
A court heard Romana Nistrova, a 23-year-old Czech national from Birmingham, agreed to enter into a sham marriage with him.
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.
A sham marriage is not illegal in itself, but can be a cover for a number of offences from perjury to facilitating a breach of immigration law.
The jury was told that the so-called bride and groom, together with three others arrested at the time of the proposed ceremony in July of last year, had already admitted a charge of conspiring to facilitate a breach of UK immigration laws by a sham marriage.
GETTING TOUGH Police arresting people involved in a sham marriage ring, involving illegal immigrants, operating across the North East SHAM MARRIAGE Svetlana Kozlovskaja and Harinder Singh were caught after getting married
Yesterday, the grooms - Manpreet Singh, 27, of Dudley Road in Wolverhampton, and Jasbir Singh, 21, of Dudding Road, Wolverhampton, admitted they conspired in a sham marriage.
Investigations into the fraud offences began in March 2010 and centred around male victims who were approached on a dating website and tricked into entering what transpired to be a sham marriage. As part of the sham, the victims lost thousands of pounds through giving cash for goods and services for the 'wedding' that were never actually purchased.
It is also clear that the system must recognise and respect the parties' human rights, however, it must also provide the checks and balances necessary to act as an effective deterrent to those who intend to participate in a sham marriage.