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Please could you advise on whether there are any obligations on practitioners to report sham marriages, for example where someone has married someone in return for a sum of money.

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Published on LexisPSL on 28/07/2017

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  • Please could you advise on whether there are any obligations on practitioners to report sham marriages, for example where someone has married someone in return for a sum of money.
  • Sham marriages

We are not aware of a specific definition of an ‘illegal marriage’ and for the purposes of this response we have assumed that you are referring to a sham marriage.

Sham marriages

A sham marriage is defined within the Immigration Act 2014 (IA 2014) as:

  1. either, or both, of the parties to the marriage (or civil partnership) are not a British citizen or national of another European Economic Area state or Switzerland

  2. there is ‘no genuine relationship between’ those parties, and

  3. either, or both, of th

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