The Complexities of Challenging Sham Marriage Allegations

This essential Immigration law webinar will look at the marriage referral and investigation scheme, UKVI Guidance and more.

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Course Overview

The Home Office say that sham marriages pose a significant threat to UK immigration control. They have assessed that around 35,000 marriages and civil partnerships a year involve a foreign national for whom the marriage could be advantageous in immigration terms. They further estimate that between 4,000-10,000 applications are made in a year under EU law based on a sham marriage or civil partnership. Identifying and excluding sham marriages have thus become an increasingly crucial part of the government’s project of managing and reducing immigration.

This webinar will look at the marriage referral and investigation scheme, UKVI Guidance, useful authorities and provide tips and practical examples so that practitioners are well equipped to challenge these allegations. 

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the documents
  • This course provides 1 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will cover:
  • The marriage referral and investigation scheme
  • UKVI Guidance
  • Useful authorities and tips
  • Practical examples so that practitioners are well equipped to challenge these allegations

What is the target audience?

  • Immigration law practitioners



About Instructor - Priya Solanki

Called to the Bar in 2008, Priya is a busy and experienced specialist in immigration and asylum law. Priya is based at One Pump Court and appears regularly before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, Immigration and Asylum Chambers and the Administrative Court. She has an expanding practice in the Court of Appeal.

She is frequently instructed in appeals against decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, and in judicial review and administrative review challenges against decisions of the Secretary of State.

Within her areas of practice her work includes refugee and human rights claims, trafficking claims, family and private life claims, deportations including Operation Nexus cases, bails, European applications, entry clearance matters, points-based system cases, interim relief applications, unlawful detention claims, civil penalties for illegal workers, asylum support and unaccompanied and age-disputed migrant children.

Priya has a particular interest in and experience of cases involving domestic violence, mental health issues and vulnerable clients. She regularly provides in-house training and seminars on domestic violence. She has completed a Mental Health Law Accreditation Course and is known to have a very calming and reassuring manner with clients with complex health issues.

She has been involved in several notable cases and has represented high-profile clients. Priya is also very committed to pro-bono work.

Course Curriculum


  • Webinar
  • Slides
    31 Page