The government is cracking down further on sham marriages from 2 March 2015 when a new referral and investigation scheme will come into force pursuant to Part 4 of the Immigration Act 2014.
The Home Office needs to be notified if an individual wishes to marry someone who is not an EEA national and has limited or no immigration status in the United Kingdom.
This notice will last for 28 days and must be given at a register office, prior to a marriage. Should the Home Office have reason to suspect that the marriage is not a genuine marriage, they will be able to extend the notice period to 70 days, to undertake further investigations.
This scheme is being extended to Scotland and Northern Ireland from 2 March 2015.
For more information, please see the House of Commons Written Statement.
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Amarjit Atwal, Trainee Solicitor