Thankyou very much for your reply Immigration Consultant, I had the feeling that that would be the case. I think the `dependant` route might be worth following, although I think that road is strewn with obstacles and hidden difficulties. How do we prove `dependancy` to the authorities satisfaction ?
1-Our position is not `normal`inasmuch as my partner has never been granted a divorce by her estranged husband.
2-We live on different continents at the moment.
Although we are a just a boring old couple in our middle age who want to retire `injured` from the crease and lead a quiet life together amongst friendly people, with a few sunny beaches and top class restaurants thrown into the mix and regular visists from our friends and relatives to pass the time, I fear we will be stymied by this vaguary of Japanese culture, which appears to be much more of an obstacle to unknown clerks stuck behind desks than it does to our respective families.
It would be a great shame if we could not come to Malaysia and definately having so much money tied up with 2 applications would put a stop to our plans. With 2 applications we could withdraw 90,000RM each after one year and buy 2 houses worth 230,000+RM each, which is absolutely no use to us whatsoever. We just want to rent a nice condominium and travel about a bit. Maybe if we could withdraw 90,000RM each and put it towards 10 years rent and buy some nice furniture it would be OK !
I think maybe we should wait until the end of the year when my partner will reach the magic number `50`and then look at it again perhaps, or consider living in Spain/Portugal/France/Canada/Australia or UK and Japan jointly instead, but, that would be a pity really because Malaysia has been our `dream` destination for a few years now. We would much rather spend our money in Malaysia than anywhere else. We even know exactly what condominium we want to live in after our `recce` of 2005 !
Sorry to have gone on a bit (a lot) about this, but I have tried getting answers from the Immigration Department in Penang, KL and the High Commissions in Tokyo and London, we either get no answer at all or such mixed advice as to preclude, after 2 years of trying, any furthur attempts at making this move to our `dream destination`. We are getting towards our wits end now and we really need to know whether we can do this or not. Life doesn`t go on for ever and you never get back any of those wasted moments and before you know it, it is too late.
My sincere thanks for your reply...Debito