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    paper marriage

    What would you call a marriage, if some went to the UK and got married there just to get her UK nationality? "Paper marriage" or " marriage of convinience"? Any other options?

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would you call a marriage, if some went to the UK and got married there just to get her UK nationality? "Paper marriage" or " marriage of convenience"? Any other options?
    "A marriage of convenience" is a common term.

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "A marriage of convenience" is a common term.
    I'm not sure,but " marriage of covinience" sounds more like as If one expects a lot from his/her marriage in terms of profiting from it, not just a work permit or whatever....citizenship?

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    Re: paper marriage

    In the US, if you marry a citizen, you can get a "Green Card" which allows you to stay here and work here. I've heard of "Green Card marriages."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the US, if you marry a citizen, you can get a "Green Card" which allows you to stay here and work here. I've heard of "Green Card marriages."
    if one says ''paper mariage" it will be wrong?

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    if one says ''paper mariage" it will be wrong?
    I've never heard that term.

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never heard that term.
    So marriage of convenience refers to any kind of convenience one might get from getting married to another person?

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    Re: paper marriage

    I suppose you could say "Their marriage was on paper only." That means that although they were legally married, they didn't act like husband and wife. They still continued their separate lives.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: paper marriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I suppose you could say "Their marriage was on paper only." That means that although they were legally married, they didn't act like husband and wife. They still continued their separate lives.
    I agree, but that's not necessarily the same thing as a marriage of convenience. Two British nationals could get married but live separately. They might be doing it for show or for some other strange reason and I would say that theirs is a marriage on paper only.

    However, I can't say what I used to do for a living but I can assure everyone that when a foreign national marries a British national purely in order to obtain residency or nationality, it is most certainly called a "marriage of convenience".

    I have seen adverts in the back of certain newspapers and magazines, where they are referred to as "mutually beneficial arrangements". In these cases, normally one party receives a fairly substantial sum of money and the other party gets a marriage which could lead to residency/nationality.

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    Re: paper marriage

    The term "immigration fraud" comes to mind. As does "overdone sitcom plot."

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