Deportation case Brain family granted visa to stay in the UK

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An Australian family who were fighting deportation from their home in the Highlands have been granted a visa to remain in the UK.

Gregg and Kathryn Brain had set up home in Dingwall in 2011 but last month they were advised to quit the UK voluntarily after the Home Office said their leave to remain would not be continued.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that as Mrs Brain had been offered a job with a hotel group, the couple and their seven-year-old son Lachlan could stay.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have always been clear with the Brain family that if a suitable job offer was received an application to remain in the UK would be considered.

"We gave them a number of extensions on an exceptional basis to allow them to try to secure a job that would allow them to meet the immigration rules.

"Mrs Brain was subsequently offered a job with a hotel group. This has been considered and we are satisfied that it meets the conditions for a tier two visa.

"Today we have written to Mrs Brain and confirmed that she and her family have been granted leave to remain in the UK."