I am British born and bred.
Yes she has remained here past the visa expiration date.
Mitigating circumstances - I have a very bad back and she helps with that, nothing else.
I do not know the financial criteria but feel that I would qualify.
I am starting a business, a cosmetics shop, and have invested £25,000 to £40,000 in this, which I can substantiate. I employ 4 staff. Income as yet is nil, as I started promotions only this week. I estimate my annual income forward will be £25,000 after costs and tax etc.
I have just over £18,600 in the bank as well.
I do appreciate your careful comments, thank you.
Can you please tell me - assuming we just stay and see if something happens or not - then we decide to leave say in Jan-Mar 2014. What would the procedure be?
A: If we left (both together). What would be the scenario at the airport?
B: If stay on and the UKBA find my wife, could I keep her with me while we lodged a case on human rights grounds or would she be detained?
To be blunt, we are seriously considering the option of selling out and leaving, but don't want any upset (detention) to occur.