Mark Green’s Scottish family in Adelaide still facing deportation after third temporary visa

Hardworking family who’ve paid taxes in Australia for more than 10 years are still fighting to avoid deportation – despite doing everything right to try and stay

  • Scots family faced deportation in August but were given a last minute reprieve
  • But they have been left in limbo, living from one three month visa to the next
  • Their daughter is unable to go to university because of three month limit
  • Family can’t get on with life in case they’re kicked out and have to sell everything
  • They have now begged Immigration Minister to allow them to stay for Christmas

A Scottish family’s life is still on hold with their future hanging in the balance after months of wrangling with Australian immigration officials who tried to deport them.

Mark Green, 44, wife Kelly, 45, and daughter Rebecca, 20, from Adelaide, were given a last-minute reprieve by Labor’s immigration minister Andrew Giles in August.

But months later, they are unable to make any long-term plans despite having done nothing wrong after Mr Green was headhunted and flown to Australia 10 years ago.

They have now had their temporary extension visa renewed for another three months for the third time – with no end in sight to their life in limbo.

Now they have begged Mr Giles to hand them their best Christmas present ever with the chance to remain in Australia for good and get their lives back on track.

‘We can’t keep living like this,’ the solar energy specialist told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.

Mark Green, 44, (right) wife Kelly, 45, (left) and daughter Rebecca, 20, (centre) from Adelaide, are still on hold with their future hanging in the balance

Mark Green, 44, (right) wife Kelly, 45, (left) and daughter Rebecca, 20, (centre) from Adelaide, are still on hold with their future hanging in the balance

A series of broken promises by employers left the family stranded without a visa after emigrating from Ayrshire in central Scotland in 2012 for a new life Down Under.

The family have been let down seven times by companies sponsoring Mr Green, and were given a deadline to leave the country in August or face deportation.

They have already spent $150,000 on visa applications and immigration lawyers, but his employers have repeatedly gone bust before the mandatory three years of sponsorship for residency could be completed.

Another former boss even told Mr Green that he’d applied for the family’s citizenship and paid their fees – but faked the paperwork in a heartbreaking blow.

As a result, they unwittingly overstayed their visa and faced being kicked out of the country in August until the 11th-hour intervention gave them a three-month lifeline.

‘I was totally naive – I didn’t think anybody was like this,’ Mr Green admitted. ‘I thought it would all be smooth sailing – but I was just naive to it all.

‘I came here to better my life, and it’s just been an absolute nightmare.’

A series of broken promises by employers left them without a visa 10 years after emigrating from Scotland for a new life (pictured, Mark Green at work as a solar installation specialist)

A series of broken promises by employers left them without a visa 10 years after emigrating from Scotland for a new life (pictured, Mark Green at work as a solar installation specialist)

The Greens have spent $150,000 on visa applications and immigration lawyers but employers have repeatedly gone bust before the mandatory three years of sponsorship for residency

The constant disappointments are wrecking their life. They had to sell everything they owned when they thought they were being sent back to Scotland.

Their daughter isn’t even able to study for her university degree or work full-time under her visa conditions.

‘The nursing course she wanted to do for her career is a three-year course,’ Mr Green revealed.

‘The universities will not take her on as her visa is only for three months at a time with no guarantee that it will be extended.

The Greens have spent $150,000 on visa applications and immigration lawyers but employers have repeatedly gone bust before the mandatory three years of sponsorship for residency

The Greens have spent $150,000 on visa applications and immigration lawyers but employers have repeatedly gone bust before the mandatory three years of sponsorship for residency

Beloved pet dog Maisie (pictured with mum Kelly, left, and daughter Rebecca) was going to be left behind when the family faced deportation because of $35,000 flight and quarantine fees

Beloved pet dog Maisie (pictured with mum Kelly, left, and daughter Rebecca) was going to be left behind when the family faced deportation because of $35,000 flight and quarantine fees

‘We can’t keep living in 12-week cycles. We have no furniture because we don’t want to buy again only to be told to leave.’

Ms Green fears they will once again be told they are getting kicked out the country – but dreams of being allowed at last to stay.

‘Every day we wake up wondering if this will be the day,’ she added.

‘I have every respect for the Australian government and know there will be a lot of situations they have to deal with right now, but our lives are still very much on hold,’ said Mr Green..

‘We love it here and it is now home after all these years,’ said the father-of-two.

His eldest son Jamie flew back to Scotland after visa conditions also stopped him from working in Australia.

‘I have every respect for the Australian government and know there will be a lot of situations they have to deal with right now, but our lives are still very much on hold,’ said Mr Green.

‘We have given our all to this country – we all call it home and will continue to do so.’

Mark (right) and Kelly Green (left) and their daughter Rebecca (centre) are hoping for a Christmas present from immigration minister Andrew Giles which will allow them to stay

Mark (right) and Kelly Green (left) and their daughter Rebecca (centre) are hoping for a Christmas present from immigration minister Andrew Giles which will allow them to stay

The family sold everything they had in Scotland when they left ten years ago and have nothing awaiting them back in the UK.

They faced being homeless and jobless if they had returned in August after Mr Green’s UK electrical certification expired while he was in Australia.

Now they just want the chance to buy their own home and settle back into their happy Australian life without fear of it ending at any moment.

‘We were invited to come to this country because they needed my skills,’ Mr Green added.

‘We will not give up on the hope that the minister will soon make a decision for our family so we can start living life.

‘Getting a mortgage and starting my daughter’s career are the biggest priorities for us once the minister makes his decision.

‘We are hoping for a Christmas present from the minister in form of a good answer.’

The Green family (pictured) sold everything they had in Scotland when they left 10 years ago and have nothing awaiting them back in the UK

The Green family (pictured) sold everything they had in Scotland when they left 10 years ago and have nothing awaiting them back in the UK

TIMELINE OF THE GREENS’ PLIGHT 

February 2012 – Mark Green is headhunted for his specialist solar installation skills to fly his family out from Ayrshire 40km south-west of Glasgow in Scotland to a new life in Adelaide, South Australia, 16,000km away.

May 2014 – Mark has to change jobs, just one year away from qualifying for residency after the company closes.

August 2014 – History repeats and Mark has to find another new employer. The family is paying for all their own healthcare as they don’t qualify for Medicare on their visa and also $8,000 a year for daughter Rebecca’s education at the local public state school.

August 2015 – Mark has to find another new company. His son Jamie has had to fly back to Scotland because he was unable to work in Australia under the terms of the work visa and residency is at least three years away again.

April 2021 – The Green family discover the residency application Mark’s boss promised them was faked, unbeknownst to them. As a result their visa conditions had been breached which means they had to leave the country to re-apply. They begin work on trying to overturn the decision and get the visa reverted to the type which would allow them to stay in Australia while they apply. As the application drags on they realise they will be kicked out the country and start selling their prized possessions.

June 2022 – They make their first public appeal to the government for mercy, as friends and co-workers beg for an intervention the way the new Labor government saved the Biloela family and allowed them to stay in the country. The family have already spent $150,000 on visa applications and immigration lawyers.

July 2022 – Daily Mail Australia reveals their desperate plight and the story goes global, making headlines in the UK and on British TV.

August 10, 2022 – The family are due to be deported and have a flight booked at 10.20pm from Adelaide back to the UK, but they have no idea where they will live or work. After local MP Frank Pangallo puts them in touch with a new immigration lawyer, they’re persuaded to stay and fight at 3.30pm. At 7pm, just as they should have been checking in for their flight, they get a call from South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas telling them they’ve been given a reprieve. He persuaded Labor immigration minister Andrew Giles to give them an extra month to file their paperwork to stay in the country.

August 22, 2022 – The family are given 24 hours to fill in some 240 pages of visa paperwork requiring travel details from the past 30 years but are hampered by the lack of old passports to trace their movements.

August 29, 2022 – The minister wants the finalised full file on the family’s visa application to make his decision. 

December 2, 2022 – The family are still awaiting a decision and are now on their third three-month temporary visa extension.

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