Don't exile us: Klue family plea to stay in Australia
AMANDA Klue has been given 28 days to appeal an order for her family to leave the country - even though this is a battle her husband, Janni, fought and won four years ago.
Janni's shock death from a heart attack on December 19, 2012, plunged the family back into an uncertain future.
The visa, which allowed them to stay, was in his name.
For two years, Mrs Klue has been patiently working with the immigration department to find a solution.
At the same time, she has been supporting her two children. She has never been eligible for any government assistance.
They lost their Buderim business, their family home and Mrs Klue has sometimes been working three jobs to keep their heads above water.
On Monday, her worst fears were realised with an Immigration Tribunal ruling her application for a new visa to stay in Australia was unsuccessful.
Her only options are to appeal the decision to a Federal Court - for which she has no money - or to appeal to the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to intervene.
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Otherwise she will have no choice but to return to South Africa, a place they left in 2007 amid concerns about safety.
The intensely-private Mrs Klue was to reluctant to talk to the Daily about her family's situation.
"I always have been and I still am touched by what the people are doing for us," she said.
"I just want my children to be safe and have a future."
The Coast community successfully rallied behind the family in 2009 when it was first revealed bad legal advice could have resulted in their deportation.
Now friends of Mrs Klue are asking for the community to get behind them once again. "They entered the country legally, settled into life here in Australia, and endeavoured to become Australian," a close friend said.
"Now, through no fault of their own, they are being threatened with deportation.
"They have already been traumatised by the loss of their husband and father, and are terrified of being forced to return to a country with limited opportunities, and substantial risk of harm.
"If the father had not died when he did, they would be Australian citizens by now as he was due to apply for permanent residency in 2013."
Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer has said he will investigate Mrs Klue's case.
Member for Fisher Mal Brough also said he would investigate if Mrs Klue needed extra help.
"Immigration issues can be tough and I feel for the Klue family," he said.