Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 6th July 2004.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench 3:45 pm, 6th July 2004

moved Amendment No. 15:

Before Clause 19, insert the following new clause—

"MARRIAGE NOT A GROUND FOR LEAVE TO REMAIN

(1) That a person has married a British citizen in the United Kingdom is not a ground for granting leave to remain under the Immigration Act 1971 (c. 77) if that person—

(a) was granted leave to enter the United Kingdom for a period of less than six months, or

(b) their period of leave to be in the United Kingdom expires in less than 3 months from the date of their marriage.

(2) That a person intends to marry a British citizen in the United Kingdom is not a ground for granting leave to remain under the 1971 Act if that person—

(a) was granted leave to enter the United Kingdom for a period of less than six months, or

(b) their period of leave to be in the United Kingdom expires in less than 3 months from the date of their application for leave to remain."