Forced marriage prevention proposals

Colin Yeo made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Sir or Madam,

In the UK Border Agency consultation response entitled 'Marriage Visas: The Way Forward', published in July 2008, it was proposed that several changes would be made to law and processes around forced marriages.

I would be grateful if the following information could be made available:

1. What is the timetable for introducing agreements for foreign spouses to learn English and why was no Statement of Intent published in the autumn of 2008 as stated in the consultation paper?

2. What changes, if any, were made following the consultation process for 'investigating allegations for abuse of the marriage route'? If no such changes have yet been made, what changes are planned and what is the timetable for their introduction?

3. What changes, if any, were made following the consultation process to 'ensure information and advice is available to sponsors, including awareness of the Forced
Marriage Unit'? If no such changes have yet been made, what changes are planned and what is the timetable for their introduction?

4. It was stated in the consultation response that by September 2008 the Home Office would 'review the evidence required for an application for indefinite leave to remain on the basis of marriage'. Please publish the results of the review. If the review is not completed, please provide a timetable for completion.

5. The consultation response stated that 'a requirement for British citizens and permanent residents who are seeking to sponsor a spouse to come to the UK to first declare their intention before leaving the UK and marrying abroad' would be introduced, along with compulsory interviews for sponsors in cases deemed appropriate. What is the timetable for this change and why was no Statement of Intent published in the autumn of 2008 as stated in the consultation paper?

6. In the consultation response it was stated that a Code of Practice and 'clear tests for identifying risks' would be published by December 2008. Please publish the Code of Practice and the contents of the 'clear tests' if these have been completed or provide a timetable for this change.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Yeo.

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Colin Yeo

Thank you for your recent e-mail. Your request is being dealt with under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and we will respond
shortly.

Regards

UKBA

FOI Team

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Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

I would be grateful for a substantive response to my FOI request, which is now overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Dear Sir or Madam,

My request is now considerably overdue and I would be grateful for a response.

Yours faithfully,

Colin Yeo

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( UKBA ),

My request was made on 26 May 2009. It is now very considerably overdue and I request that a reply is expedited.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Yeo

Freedom Of Information Team \( IND \), Home Office

Dear Mr Yeo

I would like to apologise for the inordinate delay in responding to your
FOI request.

We have to ensure that we balance carefully our obligations relevant to
the Freedom of Information Act. It has taken us longer than anticipated
in gathering the information relevant to your request. We are currently
dealing with your request and hope to send you a substantive response in
the New Year.

The delay is regrettable and we apologise.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
UK Border Agency

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Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

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Dear Mr Yeo

 

Please find attached our response to your FOI request above submitted on
26/05/09. Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay.

 

Regards

 

UKBA Freedom of Information Team

 

 

 

Isra Hussain

Team Leader

Information Access Policy Team (FOI)

11th Floor

Short Corridor

Lunar House

Croydon

Tele:0208 196 3056 

Email: [email address]

 

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