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com/request/criminal_convictions_in_connecti Quote from poster: ‘I was going to do my own FOI request but it looks like someone else got there before me. As a good British citizen I will not be taking the valuable time of our UKBA with my request as the following gives me the answer. I wanted to put this whole we need to crackdown on spouse visas because of sham marriage question to bed - so I have the answer. In 2011 only 87 convictions were made on "sham marriages" putting that into context then if the approximate non EEA immigration total was roughly 250,000 and spouse visas only account for 3% so if we say roughly of the 7,500 spouse visas granted in 2011 only 87 were exposed and convicted as sham marriage. So basically the government and the gutter press are banging on about 1% of the total spouse visas given out being sham. ‘

From: Colin Yeo 16 January 2012
Dear UK Border Agency, Damian Green asserted on 15 September 2011 in a speech widely reported in the press that there had been 155 arrests in sham marriage cases in the previous year. Please disclose the number of criminal convictions in connection with sham marriages in the following years along with the criminal law under which the conviction was obtained: 1. 2010 2. 2011 Yours faithfully, Colin Yeo Link to this

From: Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ) UK Border Agency 17 January 2012
Dear Colin Yeo Re: Criminal convictions in connection with sham marriages (100620) Thank you for your recent e mail concerning the above matter. We are currently dealing with your enquiry and will respond shortly.

Kind Regards UKBA FOI Team show quoted sections Link to this

Ref: Freedom of Information Act request no 21379 Dear Colin Yeo, Thank you for your e mail of 16th January 2012 in which you asked for the following information, “Damian Green asserted on 15 September 2011 in a speech widely reported in the press that there had been 155 arrests in sham marriage cases in the previous year. Please disclose the number of criminal convictions in connection with sham marriages in the following years along with the criminal law under which the conviction was obtained: 1. 2010 2. 2011 Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The 155 arrests refer to arrests made during a specific enforcement campaign and are not representative of arrests made for the whole of 2010. From data held there have been the following numbers of convictions in connection with marriage abuse cases: January 2011- December 2011- 229 January 2010- December 2010 - 87

List of offences: January 2011- December 2011 January 2010- December 2010

Count of Offence Charged

Count of Offence Charged

Offence Charged Total Offence Charged Total No Offence Entered 1 Brit Nat Act 1981 S46 1 CLA 1977 S1(1) 12 CJA 1925 S36 1 Common Law 4 CLA 1977 S1(1) 1 FCA 1981 S3 1 FCA 1981 S3 3 Fraud Act 2006 S11 1 Fraud Act 2006 S2 6 Fraud Act 2006 S2 9 IA 1971 S24(1)(b)(i) 1 Fraud Act 2006 S6 5 IA 1971 S24A(1)(a) 15 IA 1971 S24(1)(a) 1 IA 1971 S25(1) 23 IA 1971 S24A(1)(a) 28

IA 1971 S25B 1 IA 1971 S24A(1)(a) 3 ICA 2006 S25(1) 13 IA 1971 S24A(1)(b) 9 ICA 2006 S25(5) 1 IA 1971 S25(1) 83 OAP 1861 S57 2 ICA 2006 S25(1) 24 PA1911 S3(1)(a) 11 ICA 2006 S25(5) 6 PA1911 S3(1)(b) 7 ICA 2006 S25(7) 1 TA 1968 S15 1 IDA 2010 S4 1 Grand Total 87 OAP 1861 S57 7

PA1911 S3(1)(a) 27

PA1911 S3(1)(b) 3

Police - Other 3

Grand Total 229

CJA = Criminal Justice Act CLA = Criminal Law Act FCA = Forgery & Counterfeiting Act IA = Immigration Act ICA = Identity Cards Act IDA = Identity Documents Act OAP = Offences Against the Person PA = Perjury Act TA = Theft Act *Please note, all data is sourced from management information tools (National Operations Database- NOD) and are not quality assured under National Statistics protocols. Figures provided do not constitute part of National Statistics and should be treated as provisional. Statistics reported from NOD relate to UKBA Enforcement teams only and do not include those investigations undertaken by UK Borders or some of the work of our Crime staff in remote locations If you are dissatisfied with this response you may request an independent internal review of our handling of your request by submitting a complaint within two months to the address below, quoting reference FOI 21379. If you ask for an internal review, it would be helpful if you could say why you are dissatisfied with the response.

Information Access Team Home Office Ground Floor, Seacole Building 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF e-mail: [email address] As part of any internal review the Department's handling of your information request will be reassessed by staff who were not involved in providing you with this response. If you remain dissatisfied after this internal review, you would have a right of complaint to the Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Yours sincerely

Brendan Crean Intelligence & Analysis UK Border Agency