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Old 30th March 2010, 12:24 AM   #1
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IN October last year, Jannie Klue and his family were told to pack their bags and leave.

Mr Klue, desperate to avoid being returned to South Africa made it very clear he would not go quietly and now five months later, the Klues have emerged victorious against the Federal Government.

Talking to the Daily yesterday, Mr Klue had spent about four days in New Zealand to attain a 457 work visa before returning to Australia on Friday.

In order to qualify for the four-year working visa, he had to apply for it while outside of the country.

The rest of the family will make the same journey at the end of April, and from there, they will tread the path to permanent citizenship.

“We will then apply for permanent residence very soon and citizenship may be in the pipeline in a couple of years,” he said.

“For almost six months, we have battled (the government), fought every alley and won.

“It’s a relief – it’s an achievement to be satisfied with.”

He said he was told the family had to leave Australia, wait a few years, then try again.

But Mr Klue, who owns Middy’s grocery store in Buderim, knew that once you were out, Australia’s immigration department were unlikely to allow you to return.

“We said, from the moment they told us, ‘We cannot go’,” he said.

“After the first article from the Sunshine Coast Daily and the support the community gave us, it came to our minds that we would win that battle.

“But you have that feeling in the back of your mind saying, ‘You’re dealing with a government’.”

“The department were out to get us, as quickly as possible, out of the country and our supporters told us not to board the plane.”

Member for Fairfax Alex Somlyay said it had been a “long road” for the Klues since his office was first contacted.

“I have a very thick file detailing many phone calls, emails and correspondence between the department and my electorate office and I would like to publicly thank the Immigration Officer who worked so hard on this case,” he said. “I’m glad this uncertainty has finally come to an end.”

Now, Mr Klue with his wife Amanda and children Pieter-Nick, 6, and Jan-Sari, 9, will begin looking beyond the threat of deportation and to their lives as true-blue Aussies.

“We are on our way to residency and citizenship,” he said.

“We can plan for the future definitely now.”


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