Thanks for your question. I can help with this.
Are you a UK citizen? If not please state your nationality.
Yes, I am a UK citizen.
In order for your husband to come to the UK to settle permanently he will have to apply for settlement to the UKBA via the British Embassy in Jamaica. If he is successful he will obtain a spouses visa. Settlement and spouses visa are effectively one and the same thing,
The eligibility criteria for a spouses visa is as follows,
You will have to show:-
He will also have to pass an English language test to demonstrate that he has very basic command of listening and spoken English. He can find out the location of approved test providers in Jamaica from the UK embassy,
You will see that I have put suggestions of supporting documents that you should submit with his applications in brackets. You should instruct a UK solicitor to prepare the application for you, they are expert in UK immigrations law and know the process much better than Jamaican based lawyers I would argue. IT should cost in the region of £800-1000 +VAT for them to prepare the application for you, it will give you the best possible chance of a successful application without the need to appeal. Don't be afraid to shop around though and make sure you pin them down on acting for you on a fixed fee basis.
You can find UK based immigration solicitors near you by using the following search engine, entering your postcode and selecting "immigration law" from the area of law drop down menu:-
You will have to apply using form VAF4, which is available for download from the UKBA's visa services website. The UKBA aims to reach a decision on these applications within 6-8 weeks of submission but they frequently overrun. If the reject the application then you will be free to appeal to an immigration tribunal in front of a judge. You get a fairer hearing here than you do with a mere immigration official of the UKBA and you are permitted to adduce new evidence and supporting documentation.
If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. It will be gratefully received and you will be free to ask follow up questions.Kind regards,Tom
I know, it's a bit strange but you can see from this link that it is in fact a requirement:-
Trust this clarifies, if so please kindly click accept. I will continue to answer your follow up questions free of charge.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).