A Genuine Marriage?

“P” is an Italian exercising Treaty rights here. But his marriage to a Thai lady was deemed to be “of convenience” by the Entry Clearance Officer in Bangkok.

The couple had formed their relationship living together in the U.K. Before then she had overstayed here, working as an escort girl. The Immigration Judge heard evidence from P, and his best friend, about the development of the romance and he was shown documentary evidence indicating the couple’s co-habitation. But he still dismissed the appeal. However, to the Senior Immigration Judge we argued that the best friend’s evidence had been ignored because no finding on it was made; further, the co-habitation evidence which was complex, had been misconstrued; and the lady’s past was irrelevant to credibility now. The Senior Immigration Judge ordered a new hearing.