UK fam­ily told to leave

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

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.

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