AN ABERDEEN woman today spoke of her heartbreak at the prospect of being torn apart from her family.
Lesley McGregor, 39, and her two-year-old daughter are facing deportation from Australia after losing a visa wrangle.
Former Bridge of Don resident Lesley has spent the past six years living in Australia with her parents – and her daughter Caitlyn was born there.
But now she has been told she and Caitlyn have to leave the country on September 16, after her bid to get a renewed visa failed.
Lesley today spoke of her devastation at the prospect of having to leave her parents Grace, 74, and Dugald, 75.
Her brother Martin also presently lives in Australia.
Grace and Dugald are currently waiting for the outcome of their own application for permanent residency in the Southern Hemisphere nation.
Lesley, who’s been living in Helensvale on Queensland’s Gold Coast, said: “It breaks my heart to rip Caitlyn away from them.”
The family have now started a petition to ask the Australian minister of immigration, Peter Dutton, to review the decision.
A report from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal into Lesley’s case stated that it had some “sympathy” for her case, but would not refer it.
The petition is on the change.org website under “please don’t deport my daughter”.