Criminal investigation: sham marriage

Guidance about sham marriages and the offences involved.



This document includes information about:

  • the definition of a sham marriage
  • offences relating to sham marriages
  • prosecuting authorities for criminal offences in relation to sham marriages
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) suggested good practice and scenarios for potential suspects and charges
  • planned visits to a designated register office
  • European Economic Area (EEA) removal options