And this is the first time that I have ever started an online petition The UK government’s current laws on the immigration of non-EU dependents of UK citizens demand that there be a lot of money involved (earnings of more than £18,000/year or savings of more than £60,000 – together with a very high visa fee (total of over £1500 for the first 2 1/2 years).
These conditions have been ruled to be unreasonable by some UK courts, but this ruling has been overturned on appeal. However, the Conservative Party in the UK, which claims to uphold “family values” is actually breaking up families in the name of their “not creating a burden on the taxpayer”. However, in a Guardian article, it has been stated:
A Home Office impact assessment published in June 2012 estimated that the chosen income threshold would prevent 17,800 family visas being granted every year.
Furthermore, some sources have claimed that preventing these (often qualified) spouses and dependents from entering the country will actually cost the UK millions per year.
Accordingly, I have started an online petition asking the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address a group of British Japan residents and their family members when he comes to Japan for the G7 summit, and explain his position on the asymmetry of the issue, given the relative ease with which UK spouses of Japanese nationals are allowed to reside in Japan, and the difficulty that the current law creates for Britons in Japan.
I have also asked the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to raise the question with David Cameron at the G7 summit.
If you feel that the current situation needs a detailed explanation from the Prime Minister, made directly to those whom it concerns, please sign the petition and share the link. Thank you.
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