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Old 04-03-2020, 03:25 AM
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seeking advice re potential marriage fraud

Hi there – I need advice on whether I should be looking to do more in this situation. There is about 7 of us within extended family/ friend circle who all have concerns as outlined below but as we have limited contact with the visa applicant we are not sure if the red flags are valid enough to report to immigration, but we have reason to believe the couple in question are not getting married for genuine purposes and that their relationship may not be entirely genuine. Some examples of things that have concerned us include:
- Told social media Intent was to come and live here from the very beginning
- Sponsor told family and friends very early on they were aware the marriage was very rushed and they don’t know each other very well but due to” logistics” the marriage was required –
- Sponsor told friends the marriage is for “administration purposes”
- Put in partner via same day as getting married –sponsor posted to social media to update and say “it was paperwork thing we will have a “proper wedding” in the future” and has subsequently made these posts private so only friends/followers can see but all other features of their relationship are public.
- Some immediate family members are yet to meet the visa applicant despite living close by, they themselves are concerned about legitimacy but are putting the blame on sponsor so not willing to flag to immigration for fear of repercussions. Limited contact with the applicant is available for key people in the applicants life, regardless of their enquiries, a level of deception is being felt in several social circles but without getting to meet or know the applicant we cant be sure what is actually going on.
For context the relationship as we are being told has been on for 13 months. (the applicant has been onshore for just under half of this) The comments were being made as early as 4 months in. they have been married 1 month now. Not everyone has been informed they have been married. If reporting is required several of us are scared of consequences from sponsor if information shared is identifiable – do we let this just play out or are we required to report it?

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Old 04-03-2020, 06:01 AM
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You are NOT 100% sure. Even if you are 100 people have the same opinon or same doubts, you still not sure. In my opinion, stay a way from this story and don't harm people they might be honest and have a genuine relationship. Or do things might make you feel Regretful in the future.

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Old 04-03-2020, 07:07 AM
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ed to ask yourself is ... IF the applicant is not in a genuine relationship and using the sponsor for a visa and you did not report it how would you feel? Could you live with yourself for not having done anything?

If you believe that the relationship is not genuine then of course you should report it. I believe that people should be reporting relationships that they believe are not genuine and then let immigration do their investigation.

Immigration does not reveal the person that made the complaint and it can be anonymous as well. From memory I didn't think that immigration gave a lot of information to the applicant in regards to the complaint they just give some very basics. They will advise the applicant at some point that they have received adverse information and provide the applicant a chance to respond (usually with additional and updated evidence to show that they are in a genuine relationship).

At the end of the day the decision is yours to if you lodge a complaint or not.

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