An Australian family lingering in the Scottish Highlands has been ordered to leave the United Kingdom following their failure to meet the immigration requirements.
This is a high-profile immigration case of the couple - Gregg Brain 49, and his 48-year-old wife Kathryn from Australia. The couple resides at Dingwall in Ross-shire and they have a seven-year-old son, Lachlan, studying in a local school.
The Brains arrived in the UK in 2011, on a student visa, to study Scottish history and archaeology. They wanted to stay in the UK, post completion of education. The new visa policies canceled the scheme to remain in the United Kingdom for two years post course completion.
UK immigration had set a deadline for Mrs. Brain, to secure a job that suits the requirements of a visa. Though she obtained a dozen job offers, none met the conditions of a UK tier two visa.
SNP MP Ian Blackford received a letter from the Home Office stating that Mr. Brains has to leave the country as his extension lapsed on August 1st this year.
Mr. Blackford wrote on Facebook that, "My duty over the coming days and weeks is to do all I can to assist the family, not coerce the family to leave."
In the letter to Mr. Blackford, Scottish External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop, and UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said that there were "no exceptional considerations which would justify granting them leave outside the immigration rules."
He also said: "We need to treat the Brain family fairly, but also everyone else in a similar position."
The minister said consultations with the family "regarding a voluntary departure" would commence later this week.
"I very much hope you will encourage the family to co-operate with this process and to leave the UK voluntarily," he added.
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