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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
An Australian family that had been facing deportation has been granted permission to continue living in the UK.
According to BBC news an Australian family of three have been granted permission to continue staying in the UK after facing deportation trying to get a new visa... Gregg and Kathryn Brain and their son, who live in Dingwall in the Highlands, have been trying to qualify for a new visa.
They faced deportation because the terms of the visa they entered the UK on in 2011 were changed. The Home Office has now confirmed the family can stay in the UK.
Mrs Brain, who brought her family to Scotland from Australia on her student's visa, has secured a job that meets visa regulations.
She has been offered work as a museum curator and historian with Macdonald Hotels in Aviemore.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, Mrs Brain said: "I just can't describe how I feel. It's just been seven months now we've been without work and struggling and fighting through this whole process."
She added: "We've got a brilliant employer on board who already has a sponsorship licence in place.
"They had to get a certificate of sponsorship for this particular position but the position itself meets all the criteria for the Home Office."
Macdonald Highland Resort chief executive Simon Farr said: "Aviemore is our flagship resort and we are excited about the forthcoming celebrations of its 50th anniversary.
"We are keen to do it justice and Mrs Brain's background in Scottish history is one of several attributes which led us to appoint her to the role of visitor centre museum curator.
"We are pleased that this could help enable her and her family to remain in Scotland."
A Home Office spokesperson said: "We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be considered.
"We gave them a number of extensions on an exceptional basis to allow them to try to secure a job that would allow them to meet the Immigration Rules.
"Mrs Brain was subsequently offered a job with a hotel group.
"This has been considered and we are satisfied that it meets the conditions for a Tier 2 visa. Today we have written to Mrs Brain and confirmed that she and her family have been granted leave to remain in the UK."