Guidance: Criminal investigation: sham marriage

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January 15
16:19 2021

Criminal investigation: sham marriage

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This document includes information about:

  • the definition of a sham marriage
  • offences relating to sham marriages
  • prosecuting authorities for criminal offences in relation to sham marriages
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) suggested good practice and scenarios for potential suspects and charges
  • planned visits to a designated register office
  • European Economic Area (EEA) removal options
Published 19 August 2015
Last updated 15 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Revised to include up-to-date definition of sham marriage, update of links to legislation and other guidance products and removal of items no longer required.

  2. Guidance revised to include up to date definition of sham marriage and updated links to legislation and other guidance products.

  3. First published.

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