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I am a British citizen married to Ethiopian who resides in

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i am a British citizen married to Ethiopian who resides in Ethiopia. i would like to apply a citizenship for my husband. what are the options available for us if i am not currently residing in the uk?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.
Hi, Do you mean that your husband has not lived in the UK on a spouse visa yet?Kind regardsTom
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no he hasn't. we got married in may 2014 in Ethiopia and lived with him for about 6 months in Ethiopia and managed to get him a family visit visa to travel to the UK with me for a month trip.
Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.
Okay.
Do you and your husband plan on returning to the UK to live here permanently?
Tom
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
eventually but not anytime soon. we would just like his status to be flexible, if we need to come back to the uk, in case of emergency. the issue of visa is a long process so we are looking for options available for us?
Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question and patience, I’m Tom and I’ll try to help you.
The only way that he could become eligible for UK citizenship is by applying for a spouse visa and returning to the UK with you and living here for 5 years. He would then have to apply for indefinite leave to remain after 5 years and then apply for naturalisation as a UK citizen.
The webpage on spouse visas is here:
https://www.gov.uk/join-family-in-uk
This is the only way to get citizenship in your circumstances, so if you are not planning on coming to live her permanently for a while then you will have to put his citizenship on hold.
If you wish for him to have flexibility in entering/leaving the UK then he should apply for a visit visa but on a multi entry basis. This is where the visit visa is granted for 1, 2,5 or 10 years and it means that he could enter/leave as many times as he liked within the visa period but subject to the condition that he must not spend more then 6 months out of any 12 month period in the UK.
My goal is to provide you with a good service. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up issues specifically relating to your question.
Kind regards,
Tom
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
THANKS
Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.
You're welcome.
Please remember to leave feedback though.
Tom