A South Korean family of five, after living more than nine years in Glen Waverley, has been deported.
The father, IT engineer David Lee, has run a number of businesses and was recently granted a patent for a web-based device he invented to control home appliances. His wife Jessica works as a piano teacher. Two of the family's three sons, Bryan and Daniel, have been studying science at Monash University. The youngest son is only 11, so has lived most of his life in Australia.
Mr Lee says a migration agent he hired to get him permanent residency cheated him of more than $100,000 before fleeing the country.
In May the family asked Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene in their case. Their local Catholic Church, St. Christopher's Parish Syndal, organised an online petition, which attracted 6,000 signatures.
The family had also put their case before the Administrative Affairs Tribunal, but claim the case failed because they were given poor legal advice.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection advised the family in a letter that their request “does not meet the guidelines for referral to the minister”. The decision was made after only a few days.
During their time in Australia, the Lees have been active in many community groups, including the local Catholic parish which started the petition. Father Patrick Jackson of the parish describes them as a “loyal, faithful, hardworking family” who are “the kind you want for Australia”.