A resident of Latvia was given a suspended sentence for fictitious marriage with an Indian citizen

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A resident of Latvia was sentenced to a suspended sentence for a fictitious marriage with an Indian citizen: a woman, for selfish purposes, allowed another person to legally stay in Latvia.

At the same time, there is no serious punishment for fictitious marriage in the Latvian legislation.

According to a publicly available court decision, in 2018 a woman in the municipal registry office of Cyprus entered into a fictitious marriage with an Indian citizen, for which she received a reward of 1,000 euros from another person (against him, a separate criminal proceeding was initiated).

As it turned out, the mercenary lady regularly received money transfers from her fictitious spouse, the total amount of which amounted to almost 2,200 euros.

The woman admitted her guilt, and as a result of the marriage, the Indian citizen received permission to stay in Latvia and the EU until the fall of 2024.

According to statistics, every 5th marriage of citizens (and especially citizens) of Latvia with representatives of third countries is suspected of being fictitious. The cost of such a “marriage” ranges from 10,000 to 20,000 EUR for 5 years of cohabitation until the temporary residence permit expires.

Most sham marriages have a prenuptial agreement and the above amount is paid in instalments.

The Department of Citizenship and Immigration closely monitors such frauds and has a certain system by which a fictitious marriage is determined. These are ordinary conversations, observations, and “sudden” guests checking toothbrushes and other evidence of common everyday life.

If there are signs of a real marriage: pregnancy, joint children, common life, then no one will torment the family with checks. They are relevant only for those who fall under suspicion.

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