Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004


Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004

The Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament (citation 2004 c. 19). Passed in 2004, it set various rules for immigrants to the United Kingdom. In 2006, section 19 of the Act was declared to be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (introduced into UK law by the Human Rights Act 1998).

Section 19 dealt the problem of so-called "sham marriages", where immigrants marry British citizens merely to gain leave to stay. In a case head by the High Court of Justice in 2006, Mr Justice Stephen Silber ruled that as the section made an exemption for marriages held in the Anglican church, it discriminated against non-Anglicans.

External links

* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/20040019.htm Text of the Act from the Office of Public Sector Information]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/immigration/story/0,,1750943,00.html Guardian news article about the High Court ruling]


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