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Australian family will continue fight against deportation

The Brain family with First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

An Australian family who have been told they must leave the UK say they will not give up their fight against deportation, as a deadline to meet visa requirements expired.

Kathryn and Gregg Brain moved to Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands with their son Lachlan, now seven, in 2011.

They applied and moved from Australia using Mrs Brain's student visa, but a two-year post-study visa scheme was later withdrawn by the government.

Mrs Brain must find a job in order for the family to stay, but a job she has found - at a local distillery - fell through as it did not meet the visa requirements.

Mr Brain told the Press Association: "At this stage we are still very much hoping that an employer will come forward and we'll be able to continue moving towards a tier two visa application.

"Of course, what I'd really like is for the Home Office to give us what they promised when we moved here in the first place - a two-year visa with the right to work.

"We have fulfilled our end of the bargain and we still very much want the Home Office to fulfil theirs."

A day before they were due to be deported in May this year, immigration minister James Brokenshire gave them leave to remain until August 1.

Mr Brain added: "We spent 10 years trying to plan to get here in the first place - it's been a dream of ours since years before Lachlan was born.

"It's not something we can put aside lightly."