How to properly Remonstrate against denial of Schengen and National german Visa.

Sample of German Visa

What is remonstration? Should you remonstrate or just do another application?

Getting a Visa is harder than getting into heaven these days, especially for non-eu nationals. If you are a national of an African country or middle east then you know what I mean. The measures have been so strict to us as if they are meant to keep us out of travelling abroad. It is as if our feet are so dirty and they will filth their velvet carpets which seem to be placed from the borders.

It is although very possible to apply and get lucky and maybe issue you with a visa. Most of the time unfortunately,what most of us get is a negative decision. You end up asking yourself what really went wrong even though you had all the required documents, but still you were denied that visa to allow you to either Study,Work,Volunteer or even just visiting. Most of the foreign embassies claim that having all the documents will not guarantee you getting a positive decision for the visa which begs the question, why even bother asking for the documents anyway?

I have been writing this article so that I can help and give information on how to properly write a Remonstration against a negative decision since most of the consulate websites give vague information or no information at all. For the sake of this explanation I am going to talk about German National Visa Remonstration.

German Embassy Nairobi

If you are a Citizen of Kenya or Somalia then you know what I mean. The Nairobi german consulate has a reputation of being enigmatic and some people have always termed it as unfair and disregarding. This are not my words but reviews from the consulate’s Facebook page. Anyway, it doesn’t matter what you feel about the German people working at the embassy but we can all agree that German people are the most nicest people in Europe, forget all the stereotypes and profiling. Germany has been the dream immigration country after US, not because of the guys working at the Nairobi Germany embassy but for the rich culture and history. And that is why I personally like Germany and the German language. So I wanted to go there one day. Legally.

Germany Consulate in Nairobi.

Just to give you a back story, I have really wanted to learn the beautiful language of German also known as ‘Deutsch’  I have always wanted to learn it for two main reasons; I have worked in a tourism environment and I wanted to be able to communicate to Germans and anyone who speaks it. Second reason was to be able to use it with friends and it’s just good to have a foreign language in my CV, isn’t it? So I embarked on a journey to learn the language at Goethe Institut in Nairobi.

Learning the language

The experience was great, I enjoyed every minute while learning at Goethe Institut but there is always a problem. The problem was that I could write some German but experiencing it through speaking and listening took a bit of time because of the fact I never had anyone to practice the skills with, so I thought the best thing is to find an opportunity to go to Germany for the purpose of learning the language of ‘Angela Merkel’.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

So I did all the research online and I found  Two major possibilities; either I enroll in a language school or find an Au-Pair family. Enrolling for a language school was out of my reach because I could definitely not afford it, so that meant Au-pair is my gateway.

The hustle of finding ways to find a family who will host me so that in return I can practice my german skills and maybe help the family in small chores for food and shelter. I could not find any. It is so difficult to find a family through agents since most of the agents refrain from Africans (I won’t give more explanation to this…)

My dream was basically nailed into a coffin. I thought. Time went by without finding any family but one day I met a group of students who happen to be my agemates from Germany. They were so nice made me wonder why the ones at the embassy don’t feel the same. We became friends and helped them here and there somehow during their stay in Nairobi and later in Mombasa which happens to be my hometown. It is from my interactions with this guys that really change everything.

Practicing german

Of course made sure I spoke as much German as possible to this guys. I wasn’t  going to let this opportunity just pass by? who do you think I am? an idiot? Had to practice the language, also mentioned to this guys about how I have been trying to find a family and they were totally happy to help.  I was lucky enough because one of the guys worked as a social worker and she definitely has heard of families through maybe friends who need an Au-Pair boy! They later told me to give them more time  and once they get back to Germany they will get back to me.

Please ensure that you renew your current Kenyan Passport before 31 August,2019 otherwise it will be invalid.

So the guys left for Germany and I was now so excited. Months went by without hearing from any of the guys but I was still hopeful. I had no reason to doubt these guys. I was nice to all of them and I expected the same from them.

One morning when I had actually somehow forgotten about it, I got a whatsapp message from a German number!!! Did I tell you I had given one of the guys my number? Well,now you know. I had given the Social worker my mobile number and my facebook to keep in touch.  The message read, “Wie gehts es dir, Diddy?” I knew this was good news.It was a family who needed a boy Au-pair!! So we started all the arrangements for my visa and contract. After everything was done, I got an appointment in the German embassy NAIROBI.

You probably know how interviews go so I am not going to elaborate more on that.

Visa Denied!!

4 weeks later after my interview, I got my passport back. There was no Visa in it!! My heart sunk. I was out of breath for some seconds. This was brutal. After all I have done? This was an opportunity for a lifetime which I might not get any other time and these people at the embassy just decided to go against it?  I was furious. I was determined not to let this ‘Injustice’ pass. So I remonstrated.

Remonstration against a visa decision is usually an informal way of appealing the decision. This process is free of charge and you don’t need an agent or a commercial third party to do it but you can ask a representative to do it. So here is how to do it:

It is always good to know what exactly is the issue that caused the denial. Keeping this in mind will help you file a very strong remonstration

Please do not add your passport while remonstrating. If you get a positive decision the embassy will contact you to submit it.

As soon as your remonstration is received in the Embassy and had complied with all time limits and formal requirements your Visa application will be fully checked again. Later delivered documents in the process of the remonstration and your explanations in the remonstration letter will be taken into  consideration. Perhaps the Visa section will contact you to deliver more documents or to ask further questions

In case the issuance of the desired Visa will be possible after completing the process of the remonstration, you will be asked again for a personal appearance and interview in the German
Embassy. If this is not the case you will receive a remonstration notification – which gives you the reasons for the rejection of the Visa and the maintenance of these reasons. One month after issuance of this remonstration notification it is possible to file a suit in the administrative court in Berlin. It is NOT necessary to consult a travel agency or a commercial company for writing a
remonstration letter!

Important tips.

Please keep in mind that the process of remonstration can take upto 6 weeks for Schengen Visa (Short-term) and even more weeks for National Visa(Studies, Volunteer,Work and family reunion) So you need to invest on a lot of patience.

One other thing to really put in mind is avoiding contacting the consulate during the process as this might lead to negative decision. You need to show that you have a life than wanting a visa. let them contact you. Also don’t you hate it when someone keeps nagging when you are working?

I wish you all the best. If you have any questions please tweet me @diddynadhiri



Has Miguna Miguna been right all along about the tyranny of Kenyan government?

Miguna Miguna during the 'swearing in' of Raila Odinga as the 'People's president' earlier.

Was the government of Kenya right to deport Miguna?

Will the Kenyan government ever respect the Supreme Court?

The name Miguna Miguna is a household name all over Kenya by now. Either you love him or hate him, he is in everyone’s lips right now. ‘The General‘- as he calls himself has been openly criticizing the current Jubilee government especially president Uhuru and his vice President William Ruto whom he calls them ‘The despicable duo’

Miguna Miguna who in 2016 general election run for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat but lost to the now governor Mike ‘Sonko’ Mbuvi, has been louder even after. He has also termed governor ‘Sonko’ as a failure and has no good intentions to run the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.

It has been although due to his open critisism that saw him being striped off his passport and later deported to Canada where he holds a Citizenship as well. The government later issued a statement regarding the deportation of the ‘General’ citing that he acquired the citizenship illegal because during the time Kenya had not allowed it’s citizens to hold dual citizenship. Kenya allowed dual citizenship in 2010 after the passing of the new constitution in the same year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice president Samuel Ruto

The government of Kenya under the authority of Fred Matiangi as the CS of internal security forcefully took away Miguna Miguna from his home and dragged him the into next ‘available flight’ at the time.  There was so many mixed reactions in all over the country. Some supporters criticized and termed the deportation as unconstitutional but the the government of Kenya stood firm  until the Supreme court intervened the issue after it found Miguna innocent and order that his passport to be handed back to him and his citizenship be validated again. But wait. This is where the Drama starts.

Even after the supreme court orders the return Miguna in the country- a country of his birth, the government actually refused him to enter. Which begs the question, is the government above the constitution? Will the serving government actually ever respect the rule of law and the supreme court of Kenya?

First of all let me be clear that I am NOT a supporter of Miguna’s but am I a supporter of the rule of law? Yes! I believe that each one of us should respect the powers given to the supreme court through the constitution. It is inexcusable for the government not to respect the law. The fact that the government can fail to respect the rule of law proves that Miguna was right about them all along.

The government is of tyranny and unjust to deny her citizen the right of entry in to the country just because of his or her political affiliations. The government should be in the frontline to protect its citizens and citizens of the world. The treatment that Miguna received whilst at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport is an indication that we can not trust the government to protect and be fair to all.

The treatment was unlawful and should not have happened on Kenyan soil. No matter the nationality of the person involved.

My opinion.

KIDAULTHOOD: Dear Kenya Students, You will not be what you want..

We all once wanted to be doctors.

Schools- especially High school was one of the few places I started to realise that no one really cares about me and my dreams apart from my Mum and ‘maybe’ my Father.

I went to a private owned school in Mombasa,Kenya from 2008 until 2011. It is during this time that I really learnt whatever we were told is nothing but lies. Teachers who are paid-if they get paid anyway;  are expected to teach innocent children like myself how to be good and obedient citizens after the four years in respective schools. They happened to be the ones who actually spread this lies like a wildfire a plainland.

Lies that a Kenyan student can be whoever they want to be. Really?? Is that really the case? Did the teachers all wanted to be teachers at some point? or some wanted to be doctors? They should at least have had the balls to tell us what our society really is. Anyway, I was  naive and to be honest I fell for this ‘Biblical lie!’ But it’s all good. I forgave them.

It is after high school and at the end of my college years that all this made sense. The lies that each one of us can be ‘whoever’ they wanted to be is a total blasphemy and I believe it should never be told to children in schools – especially schools in Kenya.

Let’s all be real for a moment-do you really believe that over 200 children in that School will all be doctors and engineers?? The least I could see from some of the guys I went to school with was one owning a playstation kiosk in the village where all the rest will kill time everyday for the rest of their lives. And please don’t get me wrong; this guys were brilliant in school but the reality is that having good graded won’t make you the scientist you really want to be -If we actually have any scientists in Kenya that is.

The truth is that not everyone is made of fine cloth. Some people are made of ‘MAKONGE’ but we still insist that he or she can be successful and rich? Hell no! It’s all a lie. Our system is all rigged. Starting from the nervous system down to work and employment. And if it takes you to complete high to realise that then I think it’s safe to say you are F@##ED!

I came to realise that the system was not built to make me whoever I want to be but be the person to help the society move forward; A car has a steering wheel and a mud-guard my friend. So which one will the society let you be?

While I was still in Primary school I really wanted to be an Engineer then I got to Form one and changed to be a “Businessman’- as if I knew what type of business I wanted to run.Well, I got to form three and that is when I totally wanted to be in the Military. I wanted to be in the military not because I love my country sooo much but because I knew that’s where I can take my D+ and still have a life. Sounds familiar? This too never happened after two attempts  of  running and rigorous fitness checks. That’s when I decided to settle for that ‘IT’ guy.

I started working in ICT, something that I never wanted to do and never thought of its importance anywhere in my miserable life, but that’s what the society gave me.

Maybe you did well in High school and got that A or A minus and now it’s time to go to that ka public University, let me save you the surprise. There is something called University Placement Board which basically places students to various Uni courses ‘accordingly‘ This is usually the second barrier in that dream of each Kenyan student. This guys can place you or give you a course which you don’t have any interest on whatsoever. But,hey! You are Kenyan remember? It always comes down to who you are as a person to get what you deserve and want. Now pay that guy his ‘TEA’

Even after you get that hard fought education from University or college. You will then end up in the streets of Kenya towns trying to find that job you’ve really wanted only to find out ‘ that there are no open vacancies. So you end up doing whatever they give you just to put something in your pocket. Welcome to ‘KIDAULTHOOD’

That’s when you really know that you will not always be what you want to be. And all that you heard from your teachers in school was a piss of S#@T.

I think Cambridge Analytica did nothing wrong…

You’ve probably heard this story over and over again,  story about Cambridge Analytica; a firm whose main mission was to help presidential candidates and political parties win elections until when Trump won and it became something different. They are now accused of interfering with the US presidential elections. Wasn’t that Russia a few months ago?  What changed?

Cambridge analytica has had really tough times since the expose by Channel4; a british TV broadcasting channel which aired a story on the issue of Cambridge Analytica using data that is said to have been extracted from over 50 million Facebook users. The data is said to have been used to rig in president Donald.J.Trump during the 2016 presidential elections or in other terms it was againsts the american election laws. Elections which saw Trump winning over Hillary Clinton in one of the biggest political upset in the US and perhaps in the whole world.

Cambridge Analytica

Well, a lot has been said about  Cambridge Analytica. From using  data from Facebook which lead C.E.O and Founder Mark Zuckerberg to buy a whole page, a whole!! – in major National newspapers in the US to say ‘SORRY’- time has changed my friends! Who would have thought that Facebook will one day buy advertisement from a newspaper? I guess it was worth it.

Was it really Cambridge Analytica fault?

In my opinion; I think we should not be quick to point fingers and blame Cambridge Analytica. As a matter of fact we should thank Cambridge Analytica. It is due to this them being ‘exposed’ that we have learnt a very big lesson regarding our data. Data protection in regards to the multi billion company; Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has always been a liar and dishonest about user data on facebook but we all gave it a blind eye for the sake of  ‘connecting the world’

Mark Zukerberg in one of Facebook’s Spaces

From the beginning of time, Facebook was born after over 5000 pictures and information was stolen from HARVARD school in 2003 by none other than Mark Zuckerberg. Imagine that, Facebook was built on stolen data and you expect him to protect it? The Facebook founder knows the importance of data and how it can be used to promote an agenda based on the data itself about people.

To give you a perspective; the other day I was having salad and the next minute?…. ADS of health and fitness was a lover my timeline. Coincidence? I think not!! And to be clear i was having the salad so that I can have pizza for dinner.

US 2016 elections.

Anyway, our data has always been used. By both Facebook, Google or Cambridge Analytica. Just because the data was used to help a candidate which you did not want to win the election doesn’t make it different. Let’s ask, if the data was used by Hillary Clinton would there have been all this mess? Mark Zuckerberg has been openly criticizing Donald Trump and he is also a hundred percent Hillary clinton supporter but we give a blind eye to this idea? Come on guys.

Cambridge Analytica did exactly what any other political party would have done if given the resources.  I have all the reasons to believe that it’s Facebook fault and not Cambridge Analytica.