German born Marcia Meybauer has been living in Australia for six years but has recently had a visa application rejected. The visa would have allowed her to stay longer.
German born Marcia Meybauer has been living in Australia for six years but has recently had a visa application rejected. The visa would have allowed her to stay longer. contributed

German woman starts online petition to stay in Rocky

YOU may have seen her face behind the counter of Subway stores across the region in the past two years, but in two weeks time, she will be deported.

Marcia Meybauer, 31, has lived in Australia for the past six years and wants to stay, but her last available chance to stay in the country was knocked on the head two weeks ago.

The German-born woman came to Australia on a working visa in 2011.

Ms Meybauer told The Morning Bulletin that since then she has extended one working visa, got a second working visa, then a tourist visa and was in the process of gaining permanent residency via a relationship visa when she had her application rejected.

Ms Meybauer said she has exhausted all avenues to have the last application rejection overturned, with the latest being a request for the Immigration Minister to intervene.

German born Marcia Meybauer has been living in Australia for six years but has recently had a visa application rejected. The visa would have allowed her to stay longer.
German born Marcia Meybauer has been living in Australia for six years but has recently had a visa application rejected. The visa would have allowed her to stay longer.

"Usually, that takes a year,” she said. "But they only took one week and rejected it.”

As soon as the Department of Immigration rejected the intervention request, Ms Meybauer said they also cancelled her temporary visa that allowed her to work in Australia.

Now, she can't pay her rent, her electricity bill, buy food for herself, her dog or her horse and she has to fly out of Australia by December 2 back to Germany.

She has created an online petition calling on Immigration and Border Control Minister Peter Dutton to overturn the rejection of the partner visa and allow her to stay in Australia.

Ms Meybauer had been in a relationship when she applied for the partnership visa, however, that relationship has since broken down.

She said there were special circumstance where the visa can still be approved, which she felt she met.

However, a spokesperson from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said there was insufficient evidence of unique or exceptional circumstances.

The Morning Bulletin will not publish the details of the special circumstances Ms Meybauer discussed in order to keep the identity of others involved in those circumstances private.

"Ms Meybauer's application for a partner visa was rejected as it was assessed she had not been in a de facto relationship for 12 months,” the spokesperson said.

"This decision was affirmed by the Migration Review Tribunal.

"The Minister has powers under the Migration Act 1958 to replace a decision of a merits review tribunal on a person's case with a decision that is more favourable to that person if the Minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so.

"A request for ministerial intervention was lodged. However, it did not meet guidelines for referral to the Minister because there was insufficient evidence of unique or exceptional circumstances.

"If a request is unsuccessful, and if the person has no other immigration matters ongoing, they are expected to leave Australia as soon as possible.”

The petition has been signed by over 100 people so far and many have left messages of support.

Ms Meybauer said she had no family in Germany that could help her out financially, no place to live in Germany when she returned and no job there.

"The short time I worked with Marcia I saw how hard a worker she was...she was a good and honest person and I would hate to see her leave the country and her pets. I think that if a place can mean so much to her when many Australians don't care a fraction of what she does, she deserves to stay. How can immigration not see what a great Australian she is so let her stay I say,” Tejhay Bartlett Salter wrote on the petition.

"Marcia spent several months working for us on our cattle properties. She is a very determined hard working lady that fits into rural life easily. We need more like her,” Loretta Smith wrote.

See: Help Me Stay In Australia After Building a Life of Almost 6 years

7am: A GERMAN woman who has lived in Australia for six years and dreams of a life working on the land has started a petition after her visa application was rejected.

The online petition states Marcia Meybauer, 31, who currently lives at Rockyview, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, original came to Australia to live with an Australian man.

The petition website explained that relationship ended after about three years and she was given incorrect and costly information about other avenues to stay in Australia.

Since then, she has been in a new relationship for the past 12 months and has had her latest visa application rejected.

The petition has been signed by over 100 people so far and many have left messages of support.

"The short time I worked with Marcia I saw how hard of a worker she was, I don't know her very well but she was a good and honest person I would hate to see her leave the country and her pets. I think that if a place can mean so much to her when many australians don't care a fraction of what she does, she deserves to stay how can immagration not see what a great australian she is let her stay I say,” Tejhay Bartlett Salter wrote.

"Marcia spent several months working for us on our cattle properties. She is a very determined hard working lady that fits into rural life easily. We need more like her,” Loretta Smith wrote.

See the petition here: Help Me Stay In Australia After Building a Life of Almost 6 years



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