So you want to come to Europe?
Immigration from Kenya into Europe is not
that easy. Just getting a visa to leave the country is hard enough,
let alone be granted European entry. Despite its long British history,
if you are from Kenya and want to come to UK, its a minefield of obstructions
and delays.Your first approach and the best way to get a feel for European
countries like UK, is to seek a two year working holiday
maker visa. These are the easiest to obtain but
only if you are between 17 and 30 years of age.
the ECO's in Kenya are a law unto themselves and have some bad habits
of reading immigration or visa applications laws and regulations differently
to everyone else! If you submit a visa application with absolutely everything
correct, they will decide to either misread a document, regulation or,
say they never received the document with your application. Also
be prepared with child visitor applications to submit much more than
requested on the form. Example, include letters from school, other
gaurdians (grandmother etc), local doctor. Even if its a simple
visa with the natural parent/s accompanying the child. They are
very naughty in Nairobi and will seek to deny your visa without care
of immigration regulations by making up an endless additions list of
|UK Marriage Visa
A UK marriage visa, or spouse visa, enables your husband, wife
or civil partner to apply for leave to enter, or leave to remain
in the UK on the basis that they are married to a person who is
present and settled in Britain. Settled status means that you are
living here lawfully with no time limit on your stay. Your spouse
must apply for entry clearance before travelling to the United
Kingdom. If you intend to bring your unmarried partner to join
you, please refer to our section detailing the requirements for
making a UK fiance visa application.
Initially visas for spouse immigration are issued for a two year
period. After this time, a person can apply for Indefinite
Leave to Remain (ILR)
commonly known as permanent residency
in the UK. In some cases, settlement entry clearance may be granted
allowing a partner to stay in the country permanently; however,
this is only applicable to a person who has been married and living
abroad with their spouse for four years at the time they apply
for entry to the UK.
Benefits: A UK spouse visa allows a person
with settled status in Great Britain to bring their spouse to join
them in the Country. The applicant will be able to seek and take
up employment in the United Kingdom as soon as the document is granted
without the need to arrange a UK work permit. British marriage visas
do not place any restrictions upon the type of work that can be undertaken.
| Eligibility Criteria:
For a marriage visa application, candidates must be 16 years of
age or over and the partner with settled status in the British
Isles must be 18 years of age or over.
Relationships To be eligible for the marriage
visa service, partners must forfill the following requirements:
||- Parties must be legally married
to each other.
||- Plan to live together.
||- Have met each other.
||- Be able to support themselves entirely
without recourse to public funds.
||- Have adequate accommodation where dependants
can live without recourse to public funds.
a person has more than one husband or wife, a visa for spouse immigration
will only allow one of them to come to the British Isles as their
husband or wife. If a UK visa application is being made by a person
within the United Kingdom for leave to remain on this basis, at
the time of the application the person must have leave to remain
in the UK on a visa category that was initially issued for a period
of more than six months.
Dependants: Children of the marriage who are under 18 years of age will be
granted entry to the UK as dependants. They will be able to make
their application at the same time as the main applicant. After
a total period of three years in the country if you meet the residence
requirements you may then apply for British naturalization in order
to remain in the country under a grant of UK citizenship.
If you are an HSMP visa holder, having embarked
upon the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, your spouse/unmarried
partner may be able to apply for a Dependency Visa. For more information
on this route to UK immigration please visit our section on how to
apply for the Highly Skilled Migrant Program.
Information: As of 1st February 2005 people who are subject to
immigration control and wish to get married in the United Kingdom
must give notice to marry to a registrar at one of a number of
designated register offices throughout Great Britain. The General
Register Office can provide you with details of your local register
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