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Bogus Marriages

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many marriage visas were refused on the grounds that the marriage in question was not considered to be genuine in each of the last five years. (86682)

The figures on the number of spousal visas refused are contained in the following table. Also included is another table showing the number of refusals of extension of leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of marriage.

It is not possible to determine how many were refused on the grounds that the marriage was not considered to be genuine without examination of individual case records at disproportionate costs.

Refusals of extension of leave to remain1 in the United Kingdom excluding EEA nationals2 and Switzerland, 2001 to 20053— United Kingdom

Number of decisions

Category

All refusals

Of which: Spouse (probationary period applications)4

20015

15,485

1,850

20025

18,575

735

20035

33,175

2,445

20042

24,730

1,895

20053

27,175

1,265

1 Excludes dependants of principal applicants, asylum related decisions and withdrawn applications. 2 Includes nationals of the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date. 3 Provisional and subject to change. 4 Data include unmarried partners. 5 Excludes the outcome of appeals. Note: Figures rounded to the nearest 5. Source: Immigration Research and Statistics Service, RDS-IND, Home Office

Visa applications and refusals for spouse endorsements, 2001 to 2005

Endorsement

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

To accompany spouse

Applications received

5,011

3,931

3,536

5,032

5,077

Refusal decisions

64

60

63

162

325

Refusal rate (percentage)

1

2

2

3

6

To join spouse

Applications received

5,058

3,818

5,442

6,635

6,672

Refusal decisions

182

189

385

854

1,260

Refusal rate (percentage)

4

5

7

13

19

EEA Family Permit: to accompany spouse

Applications received

660

12,948

Refusal decisions

4

272

Refusal rate (percentage)

1

2

EEA Family Permit: to join spouse

Applications received

150

2,586

Refusal decisions

3

90

Refusal rate (percentage)

2

3

Note: “UKvisas makes every effort to ensure that statistics produced from our ‘Central Reference System’ are accurate. However, the complexity of our global business, including technical failures or occasional inconsistencies in data entry across any of over 150 offices, means we cannot 100% guarantee accuracy. UKvisas continues to work on IT and working practices to improve the quality of the statistics we provide.” Source: UKVisas Central Reference System 24 July 2006