UK visa’s for Turks married to UK nationals are one of the biggest headaches for those with Turkish partners. A simple visit visa has you jumping through hoops for what sometimes is just a 1 to 2 week stay. But decide you want to go back and live in the UK, you need to apply for the dreaded settlement visa, which has to be the most ridiculous bit of legislation facing honest married couples.
This year has been an odd year for us and as I wrote about before we nearly took the decision to leave Turkey and try our luck in the UK. I am not one to do things by halves. When I make a decision I throw myself in head first and start looking at what needs to be done.
First up was getting my husband over to the UK. I had heard about the right to remain or settlement visa for the UK but had yet to really look into the actual details. As I sat down in front of the computer, pen and notebook to hand, I became more and more frustrated. My husband is a teacher and more than capable of retraining as a teacher in the UK and finding work.
I have always been able to find work and at a reasonable level, but having not worked for 4 years and been self-employed for 6 years before that, I wasn’t what you would say first pick for the best jobs any more.
Because what you are expected to earn in order to bring your partner into the UK is an average of Â£18,600 per year, have accommodation and be taking no benefits. You can’t have a sponsor and or use any savings unless the savings have been in your bank account for a set period.
The average wage they say in the UK is Â£26,000+ per year, but if you actually look at the average job you are looking at a huge bracket of easily available jobs which earn around Â£15,000 to Â£20,000. All the jobs in my own skill set which made the required amount by the government, where highly competitive jobs, normally full time and extremely hard to get!
Average Salary www.reed.co.uk/average-salary#
As a mother and because I would have to return to the UK without my husband, this would mean I would be in essence a single Mum, working a full time job, which most likely would leave me little time to look after my son. I would then need to pay for crÃ¨che for my Son and not be able to look after him myself. But if my husband was with me and able to work, I could work part time and him full time and be able to care for our son.
I even applied for a job, but because of my recent track record I wasn’t even considered for an interview, I continues to look at options some where do able and I would do them if that was what it took to get my husband to the UK. I am no sponger, I don’t want to waste tax payers money after all I am a tax payer!
But what can you do if you don’t have the skill set to get an Â£18,600 job? not much, you can combine incomes, take more than one job or work part time and part time self-employed or full time self-employed but you need at least a year’s accounts to prove what you earn.
Then there is all the other paper work and checks and the fact they don’t even bother to interview the applicant which may give you a chance to explain your circumstance and win them over.
Article>>> Applying for a Visit Visa
What is now become more and more clear everyday, there are families around the world living apart because as British Citizens we are being treated like immigrants. We are not allowed to bring our partner into the UK and build our lives in our own country. A country that allows 1000s of immigrants through the door everyday but picks on the honest family trying to be together in the UK.
If you are a EU citizen you can walk into Britain, bring your family and start a life in the UK with few questions asked. How is it fair that non UK but an EU citizen just like we are, can walk into our own country and bring their family yet we as British Citizens and EU Citizens have almost kill ourselves and split our family up just to be able to live in our own country!
Tell me how that is fair?
The system is completely unfair and against human rights. One group tried to take this to the courts it went through the courts and on to the high court. The judge agreed it was against our human rights, he agreed it was incorrect, but was to scared and he probably also knew it was to hard to overturn a government rule. The government would have agreed and kept it in place until the election, where mostly likely they wouldn’t need to deal with it.
How is it these MPs, can have their foreign nanny’s and cleaners, yet we can’t have our partners to live with us or even come into the UK with ease just to visit home. I dread the thought of my parents becoming ill and I need to go home to care for them and have to leave my husband behind and deal with everything on my own, just because it would be to much hassle to get a visa sorted for him and god help me if I have to return for a long time.
There are many petitions and groups people fighting for the visa system to be changed, because not only us who are married to Turks but many around the world seem not to have the right to live in our own country with our families.
Every day I hear of someone who has been rejected for a visit visa, a settlement visa. Of families having to meet in EU countries to visit each other because its easier to get Schengen visa, than get into the the UK.
Families are having to move to an EU country to live for a period of time till their partner can apply for the a passport of that country and therefore become an EU citizen. Then they can walk into the UK and bring their British Citizen partner into the UK to live.
See the Surinder Singh Route en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surinder_Singh_route
How crazy is that?
Listen up those who can make change, we don’t want to come in a milk the system, our husbands and wives want to work and make a life in the UK, they are not trying to con they UK tax payer or break the law. All the want is come and live with their Wife or Husband who wish to live in their own country as UK citizens, because life is hard here in Turkey and we cannot choose who we fall in love with and marry. Love has no barriers.
So do something to help us, create a visa or passport something we can apply for. Like here in Turkey we can become Turkish citizens after 3 years of marriage, with only small hoops to jump.
We don’t mind waiting a few years of marriage, we don’t mind having to prove our intent like the American Green Card. We just want a fair system for UK Citizens married to foreigners to be able to come and go from the UK or come and live in our own country…..
Stop splitting up families, you all talk of family values yet you don’t care when you split us up for falling in love and treat us like immigrants.
Yet you the government allow thousands of immigrants through the doors with no connection to the UK, give them housing and benefits. Why? Because you tell us it’s their Human Right to be treated this way. You tell us they boost the economy. I don’t say your lying but do see the irony in this?
Why don’t you allow, the British Citizen who is married to a non EU citizen to bring their partner and children into the UK and allow our partners to work. Surely it’s better to do this and look after your own citizens Human Rights and allow your own Citizens to boost the economy. Instead of those with no connection to the UK?
This article is for all those who are struggling day in and day out, living without your partners and fighting against the government policy that makes coming home to the UK almost an impossibility.
Links to Petitions:
I am fed up feeling like a third class citizen of the UK just because I married a Turk.
I want you to tell your stories here good and bad, I want you to post your links to petitions and discussions and groups that help here in the comments.
Make this a point to help others and push the UK Government to change the Visa system for those married to non EU citizens!!
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