A crackdown by immigration authorities on scams has resulted in a dramatic slump in applications for permission to live here based on marriage to an EU national.
After a huge increase in applications by 52pc between 2013 and 2015, the establishment of Operation Vantage has reversed the trend over the past two years.
Following a High Court decision, which seriously reduced the powers of the authorities to tackle scam marriages, there was a spike in applications from people outside Ireland, claiming to exercise EU treaty rights.
I'm not sure it's still the case but there was no requirement to show a freedom to marry cert .The GNIB did not want to see the partner when the non national got the Visa renewal to check if the marriage was still existing !A crackdown by immigration authorities on scams has resulted in a dramatic slump in applications for permission to live here based on marriage to an EU national.www.independent.ie
Mudassar Khan (27) had come off a flight from Dubai and was stopped by customs officers when he tried to enter the “blue channel” for travellers within the EU.
His bags were searched and the customs official found 13kg of heroin wrapped up in one suitcase. Gardaí were alerted and arrested Khan.
Questioned further about who gave him the drugs he told investigators: “I’m not speaking no more, they are going to end up killing us”.
He said he was in fear and couldn’t give names.
“My friend got machine-gunned down for giving names before. I’m in fear. These people go to extremes,” he said.
Khan of Shore Rd., Oldham, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to importation and possession for sale or supply of heroin on 6 October 2018. He has one previous conviction for drug dealing.
With any luck the people who owned all that heroin he lost will have him looked after in prison! failing that it is very likely that he will never leave Ireland but will seek protection and asylum when he gets early release from an already lenient sentence and will be gifted an irish passport by some arsehole C U Next Tuesday.Judge Melanie Greally said that even if Khan didn’t know he was moving heroin he was extremely reckless to transport such a large amount of contraband.
She noted in mitigation the pressure he was put under, his remorse and the fact that he is a non-national in prison far from home.
Now for a similar clampdown on welfare applicants.A crackdown by immigration authorities on scams has resulted in a dramatic slump in applications for permission to live here based on marriage to an EU national.www.independent.ie