Swiss Passport Strip from Migrant Who Dropped Local Spouse Quickly

Swiss Passport Strip from Migrant Who Dropped Local Spouse Quickly

A Swiss court ruled in favor of stripping a Moroccan woman of her Swiss passport after she divorced her local husband just months after finding him and remarried a Lebanese man shortly after her divorce.

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled that authorities acted lawfully to remove the passport from the Moroccan woman, who married a Swiss man in 2010 and obtained a Swiss passport in 2015 – but separated from her husband just months later.

Their divorce was finalized in 2017 and she quickly remarried a Lebanese man and had a child a year later.

As a result, the authorities stripped the woman of her naturalized status and her Swiss passport, as they were granted after a declaration that the two would not separate or divorce, reports 20 Minutes.

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) canceled the woman’s status and passport in 2020 but the woman appealed to the Federal Administrative Court, which rejected her claim in October 2021, and then to the Federal Supreme Court, which has now rejected her claim because well.

“The SEM may, with the consent of the authorities of the canton of origin, annul the facilitated naturalization obtained through false declarations or the concealment of essential facts,” the court said.

“Separation that occurs shortly after the grant of naturalization is an indication of the lack of consensus and unwillingness to maintain a stable cooperative union,” the court said.

Sham Marriages have become common in some parts of Europe, such as France, where, in 2019, a city project manager in Villepinte was accused of arranging sham marriages to help migrants stay in the country.

The 50-year-old civil servant was accused of arranging at least a dozen sham marriages over a period of about two years.

In another case in 2021, a 36-year-old French woman claimed that her abusive migrant husband used her in an attempt to obtain French citizenship so he could abandon her and bring his children to the country from Africa.

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