Open Letter to the bad guys
I woke today to find this search term had found us: “successful sham marriage appeals”. This did not make me at all happy. Was this, I wondered, a sham participant seeking tips and tricks or was it a journalist looking for material to write yet another unsubstantiated emotive “expose”? Edit: Another search engine term, same day ”lying to diac” – they both annoyed me.
If it were the former, this is for YOU!
Dear Sham Marriage Participant,
Welcome to my world of madness. It is cases like yours that make cases like ours so hard. Please read through our history here: see the pain and anguish your duplicity and lies indirectly contribute to. The extra expenses, the sorrow, the anxiety. It is trying to catch people like you that makes Immigration Decision Makers so suspicious of the motives of us all, even though it seems you only make up 0.057% of applicants.
It is cases like yours that lead to newspaper articles such as that analysed in my Emotive Reporting entry, leading to the general public thinking everyone is like YOU. We are not.
To you I say this: take your selfishness elsewhere. You want a visa, find a visa class you can legitimately apply for, do not give the rest of us a bad name. I know you are in the minority: a tiny percentage - the problem is you make good media stories and, apparently, good movie plots.
A Real Marriage