UK family told to leave
A BRITISH family’s appeal for the Assistant Minister for Immigration to fix an administrative mix-up has backfired, with the Federal Government instead asking them to leave.
The Elks and Bailey family have lived and worked in Melbourne since 2006, when father John Bailey approached the Immigration Department on securing a full-time residency.
Mr Bailey was told to apply to become an international student and he took up salon management, but was rejected residency because he was five points short of the criteria.
They heard nothing from the minister’s office for three years, over which time members of the family married and had children.
When a reply came, family members were shocked to hear they had to leave Australia.