South Coast Resident on 24 Year Visa Waiting List

February 20, 2024 9:12 am in by
Jayne and her mother. Photo: supplied

A woman from the United Kingdom who has called South Australia home for the past 18 years is calling for change to Australia’s immigration laws.

Jayne Crosskey is an active member of the Encounter Bay community. She works part-time, volunteers for Lifeline and the Salvo’s and cares for her elderly Australian mother.

After her husband died of a brain tumour over a decade ago, Jayne applied for a last Remaining Relative Visa but says she was told the current processing time would be at least 24 years.  

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“I had the medicals, done the paperwork, done everything the Immigration Department asked me; paid for the Visa, qualified for the Visa and then there’s just been nothing for eight years. They’re issuing loads of Visas in other Visa classes and so I want to know, it’s like well, why am I considered less important or less worthy… than any body else?” Jayne said to ARN Radio’s Adam Connelly and Jennie Lenman this morning.

Jayne believes she is being discriminated against and has started a petition to gather support for her cause.

“It’s not only helping me, it’s helping mum as well. She worries about what will happen to me when she’s not here. She just worries.”

Hear Jayne’s full chat with ARN’s Jennie Lenman and Adam Connelly via the audio play window below: