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Operation Vantage identifies sham marriage scheme arranged by Irish taxi drivers

Operation Vantage identifies sham marriage scheme arranged by Irish taxi drivers

Operation Vantage identifies sham marriage scheme arranged by Irish taxi drivers

A complex web involving sham marriages or marriages of convenience were arranged benefitting over 130 taxi drivers.

These illegal taxi driver licence applicants are now living in different parts of Ireland.

As a result of these operations fifty-five people are being deported, along with another seven unregistered persons.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has been leading investigations for many years into ‘sham marriages’ under Operation Vantage.

This sham scheme was highlighted initially when the new applicants for Public Service Vehicle license increased substantially.

Further queries revealed 134 people under suspect, of which another sixty-four people status was questionable and their cases have been forwarded to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, which will either grant them permission to remain or deport them. It was later discovered that most gained Irish and EU citizenship through a sham marriage in Ireland.

This resulted in fifty-five people having their immigration permission revoked, with twenty five of whom are now subject to deportation proceedings.

Further home searches within Dublin’s north inner-city and Lucan yesterday, lead to another 15 people being identified as having been involved in sham marriages and seven unregistered individuals with no immigration permission.

Many documents have been discovered during these searches which have unveiled further intelligence and illegal individuals.

Operation Vantage identifies sham marriage scheme arranged by Irish taxi drivers

A complex web involving sham marriages or marriages of convenience were arranged benefitting over 130 taxi drivers.

These illegal taxi driver licence applicants are now living in different parts of Ireland.

As a result of these operations fifty-five people are being deported, along with another seven unregistered persons.

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has been leading investigations for many years into ‘sham marriages’ under Operation Vantage.

This sham scheme was highlighted initially when the new applicants for Public Service Vehicle license increased substantially.

Further queries revealed 134 people under suspect, of which another sixty-four people status was questionable and their cases have been forwarded to the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, which will either grant them permission to remain or deport them. It was later discovered that most gained Irish and EU citizenship through a sham marriage in Ireland.

This resulted in fifty-five people having their immigration permission revoked, with twenty five of whom are now subject to deportation proceedings.

Further home searches within Dublin’s north inner-city and Lucan yesterday, lead to another 15 people being identified as having been involved in sham marriages and seven unregistered individuals with no immigration permission.

Many documents have been discovered during these searches which have unveiled further intelligence and illegal individuals.

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