sham marriage

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sham marriage

A legal marriage that happens primarily or solely for practical purposes, rather than love or to establish a family. Any couple suspected of entering into a sham marriage to bypass the need for work permits may be investigated by immigration and have their marriage license revoked at any time. Back when homosexuality was illegal, many gay men and women entered into marriages of convenience to protect them from public scrutiny.
See also: marriage, sham
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Two people, a 24-year-old Romanian woman and a 21-year-old man from Pakistan, were arrested at Larnaca airport on Sunday evening on suspicion of being involved in a sham marriage.
AN ILLEGAL immigrant who arranged a sham marriage in a bid to stay in the country was jailed for six months yesterday.
A GROOM in a sham marriage has been handed an extra jail term after trying to flee the country after his conviction.
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 CAMEROONIAN man accused of taking part in a sham marriage had allegedly been involved in a previous fake wedding, the High Court heard yesterday.
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.
A SECURITY guard pleaded guilty to helping to arrange 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.
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.
Judge Christopher Hodson told him: "The message must go out that if it's a sham marriage, if it's designed to defeat immigration laws, the courts must punish by example.