I'm asking this on behalf of a good friend, who is a retired English army officer.
He has been married to a Japanese woman for 15 years, and they have a 14-year-old son.
He has for many years been trying (without success) to get UK residency for his wife. It is of critical importance, as his health is failing, and if he were to die soon the child and wife would have to return to Japan. He is keen that the child complete his education in England.
The problem is that there is a condition: one may only get UK residency for a foreign spouse if one is earning above a threshold level; I believe it is around £20k p/a. and this man is retired; he is living off his savings and army pension.
Currently the wife has to to commute between Japan and England every six months (a tourist Visa lasts six months and can only be used for six months of any year).
Is anyone aware of a way through this awkward situation?