New plan to BAN people suspected of heading to the UK for sham marriages from entering the country is to be unveiled by Priti Patel
- Priti Patel to announce measures to stop those coming to UK for sham marriages
- Visas will be refused in cases where intelligence has suggested a bogus wedding
- The most recent data, from 2018, shows registrars reported 2,868 sham events
Measures to bar those suspected of heading to the UK for sham marriages will be announced by Priti Patel today.
The new crackdown will see visas refused in cases where intelligence points towards bogus weddings, the Mail can disclose.
Under a new Home Office plan to be published today, immigration officers will be given fresh powers to turn away travellers at the border if they suspect their involvement in a sham marriage.
Immigration officers will be given fresh powers to turn away travellers at the border, under new powers
In the most recent data – from 2018 – registrars reported 2,868 suspected bogus unions. This was up from 561 in 2009.
Justyna Sobieraj, 40, was told she would be sent back to Poland earlier this year for her role in organising sham weddings in Southampton and Winchester.
The move will be unveiled in a Home Office policy statement as Miss Patel delivers a major speech on immigration.
She will say later today: ‘The immigration system is broken, but this country isn’t. We can’t fix the system overnight, but we will fix it.
‘We have to make sure the system reflects the values and wishes of the vast majority of Britons of all colours and creeds. They simply want an approach to immigration that is fair but firm.’
The Home Secretary will promise ‘wholesale reform of the system’ today
Miss Patel will promise ‘wholesale reform of the system’ in the speech, to be delivered at a conference organised by think-tanks Bright Blue and British Future.
She will say: ‘They [Britons] want a new system that works for the law-abiding majority and against those who hope to abuse our hospitality and generous spirit.
‘One that welcomes those most in need of sanctuary and slams the door on dangerous criminals. One that attracts top talent from around the world.’
The Home Secretary will also announce new details of ‘fully digital’ border systems including US-style ‘electronic travel authorisation’ for all non-British arrivals by 2025.
This will allow the Government to accurately measure the number of people leaving and entering the country.