Exclusive: Main office investigates accuses of demanding insinuate sex items and halting sincere weddings
Genuine duets are being prevented from getting married and are subjected to ” contemptuou” and “gruelling” checks as part of a government crackdown on sham unions, a Guardian investigation has found.
Couples and advocates described wedding ceremonies being interrupted so that the Main office could question beings about their sexuality lives, an official finding a nude envision on a person’s phone and showing it to others in the room, and sunrise attacks carried out to check if couples were sharing a bed.
In one case, a couple were told their relationship has not been possible to be sincere because they were wearing pyjamas in bed. In others, parties have been detained for months after being incorrectly accused of entering into a imitation marriage.
In recent years the government has prepared it more difficult for migrants to wed in the UK, in an effort to stop people using marriage to UK or EU citizens as a means to remain in the country.
Since changes to the law in 2015, registrars have been required to report to the Home office whenever most categories of migrants give notice of marriage. The Main office was given superpowers to delay nuptials for up to 70 daytimes to allow for investigations.
Information obtained by the Guardian through a freedom of information request shows registrars communicated 2,868 part 24 reports- which alert the administration has a potential imitation wedlock- in 2018, a 40% rise from 2,038 in 2014. Lawyers said registrars has now become” infected with different cultures of the unfriendly medium “.
Of those reports last year, 1,618( 56%) were seen worthy of investigation, compared with 1,439( 58%) in 2015. The Home Office refused to share data related to the number of weddings found to be shams.
Nath Gbikpi, of Wesley Gryk Solicitors, said the government’s approach to migrant weddings needed to be seen as part of its hostile home policy.” The Home Office has come up with itself in a position where it can prevent a genuine couple, whom they agree to be in a sincere affair, to get married ,” she said.
One couple, Qasim, 29, from Pakistan, and Debora, 33, from Portugal, were asleep at home when they were raided by four officials in January 2016.” We were questioned separately about our relationship and then Qasim was arrested, taken away and locked up in detention for four months before the Main office ultimately accepted that our relationship was sincere ,” Debora said.
” I was in a state of appall and damage all the time I was in detention ,” said Qasim.” It was very reviling that the Main office came inside our residence to check that everything was assembled .”
Another couple who striven permission to marry were told their relationship would not be investigated, only to have their wedding ceremony ended by officials, according to a statement submitted to their advocates and provided to the Guardian.
The statement said the couple were taken into separate areas and asked about their copulation lives, including more detailed information on sexual positions and contraception. The dame was so distressed that partway through the interview she refused to answer any more questions. The Main office officials then halted the ceremony and testified the wedding to be sham.
The couple, who are still together, was just so humiliated that they did not tell their reception clients that the wedlock had not been permitted to go ahead, instead continue providing the incident and pretending to celebrate.
In another case, a lesbian couple were invited to a Home Office reporting centre for an interrogation after they requested permission to enter into a civil partnership. The couple were questioned separately, the British humankind for 90 hours and his Thai partner for five hours.
The Home Office ask him to scrutinize the couple’s telephones and find an email sent by the Thai man many years before to a former collaborator, which included a naked photo of himself. This photo was shown to everybody in the interview chamber, leaving the man feeling humiliated, the couple said.
” He described the whole experience as outraging ,” the British male said.” They grilled him in a exceedingly vigorous road that he found very sickening .” The immigration suit was eventually concluded a few months ago in the couple’s favour.
The Home Office declined to comment on individual cases.
Poppy Firmin, a caseworker at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, said:” Many people go through the asylum process unrepresented. In the meantime you can’t work, you often can’t study, and then you may or may not be permitted to marry. Or you may be detained after your marriage ceremony is gatecrashed by Main office officials. It’s very degrade .”
Elizabeth Ruddick, of Wilsons Attorney, said:” Main office officials may came to see you your home early in the morning and check up on the number of toothbrushes … The Home office has the right to interfere each step of the method, and some registrars have become infected with the culture of the hostile home .”
A Home office spokesperson said the government was focused on ensuring that clas movement was based on a genuine tie-in.” Registrars are given thorough evidence-based guidance on events that may invoke ideas about a matrimony, such as particular actions and the level of information one party knows about another ,” the spokesperson said.” It would then be for Home office in-migration officials to decide whether or not to investigate further .”