Brisbane man’s wife given just 28 DAYS to leave Australia

A woman who has lived in Australia for seven years and is married to a local man, has been given 28 days to leave the country – leaving her husband heartbroken.

Barbara Sanchez, 33, was born in Argentina but moved to Melbourne in 2013 where she began working at a restaurant and met aspiring chef Lyndon Tyers.

The pair began dating and eventually married in 2015, with Ms Sanchez applying for a partner visa shortly after in the hope of settling in Australia and starting a family.

But now the couple must move to another country or risk being separated forever in the wake of an Immigration Department decision to reject her visa application for the country she says she calls ‘home’, Nine News reports. 

Barbara Sanchez (right) has been given 28 days to leave the country despite being married to Brisbane man Lyndon Tyers (left) and having lived in Australia for seven years

Barbara Sanchez (right) has been given 28 days to leave the country despite being married to Brisbane man Lyndon Tyers (left) and having lived in Australia for seven years

Barbara Sanchez (right) has been given 28 days to leave the country despite being married to Brisbane man Lyndon Tyers (left) and having lived in Australia for seven years

The pair began dating and eventually married in 2015, with Ms Sanchez applying for a partner visa shortly after in the hope of settling in Australia and starting a family

The pair began dating and eventually married in 2015, with Ms Sanchez applying for a partner visa shortly after in the hope of settling in Australia and starting a family

The pair began dating and eventually married in 2015, with Ms Sanchez applying for a partner visa shortly after in the hope of settling in Australia and starting a family

The decision to reject Ms Sanchez’s visa application was made because prior to them meeting, her now husband had attempted to sponsor another former partner.

In 2013, Mr Tyers applied for a visa on behalf of an ex-girlfriend, however that request was rejected and she moved back to France.

Under Australian law, citizens can only apply for two partner visas and applications cannot be made within five years of each other – a loophole that Mr Tyers admits he was worried about. 

‘When we were applying for Barbara’s visa I knew… I had a feeling this (previous visa) was going to make things difficult,’ he said.

‘I called the Immigration and Border Protection hotline, and I asked one of the operators there if this was going to be a problem and they said, “No, just go ahead and apply for it”.’

Left in shock when their application was rejected, Mr Tyers said there was no chance they would be separated because of the government’s decision. 

The decision to reject Ms Sanchez's visa application was made because prior to them meeting, her now husband Mr Tyers had attempted to sponsor another former partner

The decision to reject Ms Sanchez's visa application was made because prior to them meeting, her now husband Mr Tyers had attempted to sponsor another former partner

The decision to reject Ms Sanchez’s visa application was made because prior to them meeting, her now husband Mr Tyers had attempted to sponsor another former partner

Under Australian law, citizens can only apply for two partner visas and applications cannot be made within five years of each other. Despite the setback Mr Tyers said there was no chance the pair would be separated

Under Australian law, citizens can only apply for two partner visas and applications cannot be made within five years of each other. Despite the setback Mr Tyers said there was no chance the pair would be separated

Under Australian law, citizens can only apply for two partner visas and applications cannot be made within five years of each other. Despite the setback Mr Tyers said there was no chance the pair would be separated

‘If Barbara has to leave then of course I’m going to go with her, I’ll do whatever it takes to stay with her but that means leaving my job, leaving all my family here,’ he said.

The couple have since been told they will have to wait a year until they can apply for a partner visa again.

Mr Tyers, 34, who is the head chef at renowned Brisbane eatery Blackbird Restaurant has started a Change.org petition in a last ditch effort to keep his wife in Australia.

'If Barbara has to leave then of course I’m going to go with her, I’ll do whatever it takes to stay with her but that means leaving my job, leaving all my family here,' Mr Tyers said

'If Barbara has to leave then of course I’m going to go with her, I’ll do whatever it takes to stay with her but that means leaving my job, leaving all my family here,' Mr Tyers said

‘If Barbara has to leave then of course I’m going to go with her, I’ll do whatever it takes to stay with her but that means leaving my job, leaving all my family here,’ Mr Tyers said

‘Barbara… has 28 days to leave Australia, the country in which she has been living for the past 7 years, the country after all these years she calls home,’ the petition reads.

‘I am an Australian citizen and it is being proposed that I leave my own country and as an Australian citizen I don’t feel that my basic rights have been met.’

A department spokesperson said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would consider the case, meaning Ms Sanchez may be granted a temporary reprieve until a decision is reached.

A department spokesperson said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would consider the case, meaning Ms Sanchez may be granted a temporary reprieve until a decision is reached

A department spokesperson said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would consider the case, meaning Ms Sanchez may be granted a temporary reprieve until a decision is reached

A department spokesperson said Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would consider the case, meaning Ms Sanchez may be granted a temporary reprieve until a decision is reached


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