British family ‘devastated’ when thrown out of Australia after 10 years

The Green family say they have made a life for themselves in Australia and are disappointed that visa issues have forced them to leave it all behind and return to Scotland

Kelly, Rebecca and Mark Green
Kelly, Rebecca and Mark Green want to stay in Australia

A Scottish family forced out of Australia after moving 10 years ago is struggling to stay in the country, spending thousands of dollars to do so.

Mark Green, a qualified electrician, his wife Kelly and their daughter Rebecca moved to Adelaide in 2012 when a solar company offered to sponsor Mark’s visa if he came and worked for them.

He received a three-year visa and had planned to apply for permanent residence, but the company went bust. Although Mark continued to get work, he says the same thing happened to him seven times, and each time he had to reapply for family residency.

The Australian Government has now said the family, who previously lived in Prestwick, Ayrshire, must leave the country by August 10 while they apply again. Edinburgh Live Reports.

Mark said they were “absolutely disappointed” at the prospect of being kicked out.

“This is our home. Our life has been here for the past 10 years. We really don’t want to go back to Scotland. Life is simply better here.”

The Green family say they have made a life for themselves in Adelaide and are very happy there


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Mark, 44, told Edinburgh Live: “To be honest we don’t know at the moment if we’re coming or going.

“The stress and strain this is causing my family is indescribable.

“We are just devastated at the thought of having to leave Australia.

Mark said ten years ago he “got a call out of the blue from a company in Australia called Great Solar and they asked if he would like to work for them.

“They said they would pay anything to get my family out. We took the chance. It turned out to be ‘not so great’ and closed within 13 months. This is where the problems started.

“It’s happened to me over and over since.”

The family say they have already spent around $150,000 (£84,000) on legal fees and visas. Mark said being forced to return to Scotland would cost her a further $60,000 (£34,000).

If the family decides to bring their beloved dog, it will cost them a further US$35,000 (£19,000), which unfortunately Mark doesn’t think is feasible.

He added: “I’m currently working seven days to be able to afford to come home in August. I’m really done. All we want to do is live life without worries.

“I want my daughter to go to university but because of this situation, she can’t because she’s not allowed to. She had to work while her friends are all at university.”

Rebecca, 18, works with her mother at a local bakery. Kelly has been employed by local company Vili’s since arriving in Australia. Her boss Mary told the Australian news channel “A Current Matter” that she couldn’t be happier with Kelly’s work ethic and said her loss would be a massive loss to her company.

She added, “I can’t get enough retail and factory staff and if I lose a great worker like Kelly, it will affect my business.”

Mark’s current employer Hai told the broadcaster he felt the same way, saying the Scot was “essential” to his business.

A spokesman for Australia’s Home Office said: “We do not comment on individual cases.”

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