URGENTLY PETITION IMMIGRATION MINISTER TO GRANT PERMANENT VISA FOR A 10 YR RESIDENT

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My name is Elise and I manage the Marina in Coffs Harbour. Our community is petitioning on behalf of our friend and colleague, Suzanne. She is a British subject living in Australia for the last 10 years, caring for her aging parents. On the 21st March 2016, her temporary visa was rejected, even though she was still caring for both parents. She then requested Ministerial Intervention, which was denied, and now has 2 weeks to leave the country - 21st March 2018. She is a law abiding resident that has integrated into the community through volunteering her services with SES (receiving a citation for her bravery in rescuing in the flood waters of 2009), Surf Life Saving (saved 2 swimmers caught in a rip), Sailors with Disability and South Solitary Island Light House Restoration. Suzanne has 30 years in the Maritime Industry, which includes boat building, repairs, rigging and general maintenance of private vessels. She has also worked for us over the years, most recently after a cyclone which devastated the Marina. She became an integral part of our team, which was responsible for rebuilding the Marina and Marina Office. I am aware that a recommendation was made to the Assistant Minister for Immigration, Alex Hawke, that Suzanne was considered for permanent residency. The Dept of Immigration internal documents revealed the Ministers intervention was appropriate for her case. However, for reasons to her, and against the advice of the Department, her request was denied. She was made aware of the above facts as a result of information obtained under the FOI Act. Our community would feel the loss of her contribution, willingness to help and selfless interest in volunteering and assisting those in need. Her exceptional skills in the Maritime industry are unique, and an asset to our operations. They would be greatly missed. We would like the Minister to reconsider his decision and grant Suzanne permanent residency to remain in what is now her home, Australia.  



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