“This is not how I expected my married life to be, a fight to be with my husband… .”
is a British citizen, married to Karim, from Tunisia. Kirsty and Karim
have known each other for over 11 years, since childhood, having met at a
Over the years, they kept in touch and
their relationship blossomed into something more serious; they were
always aware of the uncertainty of distance long-distance relationship,
knowing Kirsty did not want to live in Tunisia, and knowing that it
would not be an easy or cheap process to have Karim move to the UK.
However, love triumphed and they married in July 2012, after accepting that they could not live without each other.
the time, they were unaware that the new rules recently brought into
force would require Kirsty to be earning at least £18,600 per annum.
could not believe it – how could such rules be brought in so suddenly?!
Upon meeting with two solicitors, Kirsty and Karim were told they had
no chance –the visa would be refused again and again and again, until
the government was taken to the High Court. They advised her they would
help her fight the rules, but if they lost, the financial cost to Kirsty
and Karim would be astronomical.
So this young married
couple are stuck. Their only option at the moment is to continue as
they are, spending their spare money on visiting each other, not
allowing them to save for their future, for a deposit.
is clear to Kirsty that this breaches her human right to a family life –
the financial criteria discriminates against those hard-working
taxpayers who earn an average salary, and as this law stands, she feels
very much that when it comes marriage to someone from outside the EU for
someone who wants to live in the UK, is now only for the rich or EU
citizens who are not British.
Kirsty feels frustrated –
why is it that her husband’s potential income in the UK is not
considered? Karim has international diplomas in engineering, as a
technician and in mechanics, as well as speaking many languages, so he
has a much better chance of getting a high-earning job than Kirsty.
Karim speaks English perfectly and has passed an English test at the British Embassy. The couple has
accommodation available from Kirsty’s parents, their aim being to live there to save up for their own place.
But none of this is taken into account.
is angry. Her husband, with diplomas and a strong work ethic, is not
welcome in the UK, because he married a BritCit rather than a French,
German or Polish citizen.