People sometimes gain unlawful access to the Netherlands through a marriage of convenience or sham relationship.
A marriage of convenience is not as innocent as it may seem. Sometimes they claim victims, as they may involve people smuggling or human trafficking. This is why the government is taking preventive measures. For example, by means of stricter checks of potential marriages of convenience.
Facilitating or entering into a sham marriage may also involve:
The government plans to investigate potential marriage of convenience and relations more closely. This can be done in several ways. For example, when a marriage of convenience is suspected, both partners can be interviewed separately about the marriage or relationship. If their answers differ significantly, a residence permit will be denied.
The agencies working closely together on enforcement, include the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), the police, the Public Prosecution Service (OM), the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar), the Repatriation and Departure Service (DT&V), the Inspectorate SZW and the municipalities.
People who are involved in a sham marriage or relationship are acting in violation of Dutch law.
Providing false information about a relationship may result in: