Migration official suspected of arranging fake marriage

The Interior Ministry's Internal Security Bureau has turned to the prosecutor's office, claiming that a criminal case be launched against a Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office official for arranging sham marriages, the LETA newswire reported July 10.

Last August, the Internal Security Bureau detained three persons who assisted third-country citizens, including through arranging sham marriages, to illegally obtain Latvia's residence permits, it is alleged.

Each person involved in the scheme had a specific role to perform - one acted as a bride, one was arranging sham marriages, and the third one, an official of the Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office, did the paperwork to give third-country nationals opportunity to legally reside in Latvia.

Entering into marriage with a citizen of Latvia is one way for a third-country citizen to become a resident of Latvia.

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