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Immigration (Entry Clearance Certificates)

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will change the procedure for the issue of entry clearance certificates to husbands and fiancés such that the requirement should be that the officer is convinced that the woman in question positively wishes the marriage to continue or to go ahead rather than she should be forced to prove beyond peradventure that she is against the marriage.

Before issuing an entry clearance to a man who otherwise meets the requirements of the immigration rules for admission to this country as a husband or fiancé the entry clearance officer already needs to see evidence of the wife's or fiancées desire for the applicant to join her. Where this is at first forthcoming and the sponsor then privately indicates her wish to withdraw, evidence of the unwillingless of the woman to go through with the marriage or to continue in marriage must be on record for use at any appeal the aplicant may lodge.