Operation Vantage Launched To Investigate Illegal Immigration

The Garda National Immigration Bureau has launched Operation Vantage to investigate illegal immigration and identify marriages of convenience.

It is understood that recent trends indicate a large number of new notifications of intention to marry from males from the Indian sub-continent – Pakistan, India, Bangladesh – to females from EU countries, particularly Portugal and Eastern European countries.

Operation Vantage has identified a number of criminal networks based in Ireland and the UK who are engaged in the facilitation of these marriages through the provision of false information and documentation to Marriage Registrars, thus exploiting the asylum and immigration system.

A number of searches were carried across the country on Wednesday, 25 November 2015, by over 200 Garda members including those attached to Operation Vantage supported by resources from National units including the Criminal Assets Bureau and Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation, and local Garda units.

Detective Chief Superintendant Dowling of the Garda National Immigration Bureau said: "An Garda Síochána will continue to proactively work with all the relevant agencies to detect and investigate any criminality in relation to the immigration system, particularly in regards to marriages of convenience being used for the purposes of securing an immigration advantage. This is the first phase of what will likely be a long term operation."


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