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Hospital Phone Call “Irrelevant”

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Photo: Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

A phone call from Landspítali, which became the reason for a Vietnamese couple to file charges against the hospital for breach of privacy, was not the reason the Directorate of Immigration began investigating whether the couple’s marriage was arranged, according to the Directorate’s lawyer, RÚV reports. Monday, Thi Thuy Nguyen, the young wife, received a phone call telling her she would be granted permanent residence.

Skúli Á. Sigurðsson, program director at the Directorate of Immigration, explains that whenever either husband or wife is under the age of 24, the Directorate must investigate whether the couple got married for the sole purpose of obtaining permanent residence, or whether both parties have willingly entered the marriage, that is, whether it is a forced marriage.

Skúli claims the Directorate had begun its investigation when the phone call from Landspítali was made. He says the call was irrelevant to the investigation.

Once certain issues had been clarified, the decision was made to grant Thi Thuy permanent residence.

Landspítali reports the case is being looked into.

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