Dear Home Office,
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Could you please supply the following information regarding Home Office operations between October 2013 – August 2015:
1. Which Home Office team(s) or unit(s) are responsible for conducting interviews regarding suspected ‘sham’ marriages at Liverpool Home office? (Please be specific. If there is more than one, please indicate).
2. The number of staff working on Home Office operations regarding suspected ‘sham’ marriages within the intelligence Hub in Liverpool including interview teams.
3. The number of cases referred to the Home Office in Liverpool in relation to a suspected ‘sham’ marriage (include those cases where either one or both parties to the marriage are under investigation). Please provide a breakdown of this number in terms of gender, citizenship status (UK citizen, EEA, or non-EEA), and source of referral (e.g. Section 24 reports, other forms of allegation, where referral has come from another Home Office team, and geographical location).
4. The number of people interviewed by the Home Office in Liverpool in relation to a suspected ‘sham’ marriage. Please provide a breakdown of this number in terms of gender and citizenship status (UK citizen, EEA, or non-EEA).
5. The number of people who were interviewed by the Home Office in Liverpool in relation to a suspected ‘sham’ marriage who attended as a couple. Please indicate the number who were interviewed as a couple and the number who were interviewed separately.
6. The number of people who had legal representation present at an interview in Liverpool with the Home Office regarding a suspected ‘sham’ marriage.
7. Are individuals (UK, EEA or non-EEA citizens) called for interview in Liverpool in relation to suspected ‘sham’ marriages informed they could potentially be detained? If so, a) how are they informed, b) when?
8. What support (language, financial, transport, disability access, health safeguards for pregnant women, those with a medical history or otherwise), if any, is offered to interviewees to ensure that they can attend and understand the interview process?
9. Please provide the length of time of each interview (re: Q5 above) to the nearest half an hour. If you do not keep a record of this information please explain why not.
10. The number of people detained following an interview by the Home Office in Liverpool for suspected ‘sham’ marriages. Please provide a breakdown of this number in terms of gender and citizenship status (UK, EEA, or non-EEA citizen). Please also provide a breakdown of the justification for detention following the interview.
11. The number of people detained following an interview by the Home Office in Liverpool for suspected ‘sham’ marriages who were subsequently: (i) removed/deported (ii) released from detention. You may give this number as a percentage.
12. Please outline the procedure for detaining interviewees if they are found to be participating in a marriage to circumvent the Immigration Rules: (i) at what point is the decision to detain made, and by whom? (ii) Who is authorised to carry out this detention and how are they informed of the decision to detain? (iii) Where and for how long are interviewees held or detained prior to being transported to a detention facility? (iv) After interview, if only one partner is detained what provisions are made for them to communicate with the other partner before their detention?
Please include copies of relevant material which you hold in the form of paper and electronic records including emails.
I would be grateful if you would provide me with this information via email (attaching any photocopied documents).
Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.
This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 37127). We will aim to send you a full response by 13/11/2015 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dear FOI Requests,
Thank you for confirming my case worker allocation and case reference number.
Can I request a status update for my request (case ref 37127) with the deadline for a full reponse in two weeks time?
If I am likely to recieve a full response to my request after 13/11/2015 I would appreciate notification of this from the Home Office beforehand.
As stated in our previous email to you, you can expect to receive a response to your request by no later than 13/11/2015, which is in accordance with the statutory requirements of the FoI Act.
Dear L Brooks
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