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Perry Family (Citizenship)

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

The Humble Petition of Marcus, Cain-Dean and Joshua Perry and others undersigned hereon,


That they are against any law that discriminates against long standing and successful marriages of over 20 years, where a British citizen is forced to be apart from their chosen spouse.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Government to reflect over the case of the Perry family and allow Karen Perry to enjoy legal status within the United Kingdom and enjoy family rights as should her sons and husband.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.—[Presented by Frank Cook, Official Report, 31 March 2008; Vol. 474, c. 599 .] [P000161]

Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department, received 8 September 2008:

The Government does not discriminate against long standing successful marriages. They are subject to the same immigration requirements as all applications for marriage.

As has been made clear to the petitioner, the onus is on individuals to establish what the requirements of entry are before they travel to the United Kingdom.

For those seeking to settle in the UK as spouses, it is important that we have provisions to enable us to differentiate between a genuine marriage and a failed or sham relationship.

This Government has introduced a number of legislative and policy changes to tackle abuse of the Rules relating to marriage. The “no switching” provision is one such measure, introduced in April 2003 for anyone who had leave to enter for six months or less in category other than fiancé(e).

To protect the privacy of the individual, the Government is unable to comment on the individual case.