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Sham marriages v Sham interviews: which is the greater evil?


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Sham marriages v Sham interviews: which is the greater evil? Excellent long article by Mohammed Sabir of MBS Solicitors, Edinburgh on some blatantly and worryingly abusive behaviour by the Home Office in marriage immigration interviews.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.


2 Responses

  1. Sham marriages v Sham interviews: which is the greater evil?

    Shocking, though very interesting and helpful article. It did make me laugh out loud in parts too.

    Over 500 questions for the wife and over 350 questions for the husband!? No provision for providing audio transcripts as this would set off a trend amongst other cases?

    It only takes a few minutes to make an audio copy. If it can be provided after asylum interview surely it can be provided after marriage interview.


  2. Clearly, the interviews are the greater evil Colin. This should be compulsory reading for immigration advisers. The loss of legal aid has clearly helped the HO to act in complete contempt of the law. Is there a legal remedy, do you think, that can bring this to an end? Malfeasance? It would be useful if someone could research and collate experiences – e.g. of the HO pretending to have lost the interview tapes. As several of these cases involve children, perhaps it’s something the Strategic Legal Fund might support.