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1) Notice period for marriages and civil partnerships extended. As part of the Government’s latest attempt to prevent sham marriages, the notice period for marriage and civil partnership has been extended from 15 days to 28 days. Where a sham marriage or civil partnership is suspected, couples may be subject to an extended notice period of 70 days. This will give the Home Office more time to investigate whether the proposed marriage is a sham and act accordingly. It will be recalled that the Immigration Act, introduced in July 2014, widened the duty on Registrars to report suspected sham marriages to the Home Office. This extended notice period builds on the previous changes under that Act.

Posted on: 13 September 2015