Sharan Rupra, immigration specialist at Kangs Solicitors, reports upon a judgement handed down on 23rd January 2020 in the case of MM v NA (Declaration of Marital Status: Unrecognised State) [2020] which ruled that marriage, celebrated in and according to the laws of Somaliland, would be recognised as valid in England and Wales.

The Background | Kangs Immigration Law Advisory Team

  • Somaliland is an autonomous region of the Federal Republic of Somalia (FRS) which declared independence from FRS in 1991.
  • It is not internationally recognised as a sovereign state but has a functioning political system, government institutions, a police force and its own currency.
  • Although Somaliland is not recognised by the UK, the British Government has political contact with the Government of Somaliland with which it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding.  

This case fell within a recognised exception to the ‘one voice’ doctrine, is acceptable in matters of private rights and gave the declaration of recognition of the marriage.

How Can We Help? | Kangs Immigration Advisors

We are able to advise those who married in Somaliland and wish to rely on that marriage for immigration purposes and assist in the preparation and submission of the appropriate Application  to enter or remain in the UK.    

The team at Kangs Solicitors is vastly experienced in assisting clients who wish to pursue immigration applications of every nature. 

Our Immigration Team is also regularly instructed to appeal cases at all levels. 

If you find yourself in a position whereby you require immigration advice on any matter then please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Immigration Solicitors

Please feel free to contact our Immigration Team through:

Sharan Rupra
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 | 07989 521 210

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