A Caistor family who emigrated to Canada four years ago face deportation due to changes in residency requirements.
Such a move threatens to split their family because their eldest son wants to stay and may legally be allowed to.
Lesley and Shaun Caborn live in Lethbridge, Alberta, western Canada, where Shaun works as a truck driver.
He sold his Caistor haulage business and the family home to fund their move over the Atlantic.
Lesley currently is a housewife but used to be the receptionist for Caistor Primary School.
The couple and sons Chris and Ash arrived in Canada in 2011 and applied for Residency in 2012.
Because Shaun could not prove his exams at De Aston School he was asked to sit a General Education Diploma to prove he was educated. With Shaun working full-time, this took two years.
Canada limits foreign nationals to four years of work in Canada, unless they gain residency or an exemption. This limit was only confirmed last July.
“We submitted our application in September 2014 and the processing time was 6-8 months, which gave us enough time before we reached the four year cap,” Lesley said.
“So many applications were submitted to the Alberta programme. We then got news that processing times had reached 15 months which took us over the four year cap.
“I personally spoke to the Director of the Alberta Nominee Program Board last Monday and he said he was very sorry there is nothing he can do,” she said.
Canada is run by a Federal Government and it has told the family that it cannot intervene, saying the problem lies with the provincial or state government of Alberta.
“Our four years will be up on April 13 2015. By that time, we will be served deportation papers,” Lesley explained.
There are also further complications too, which threaten to tear the family apart.
“We have a three-year-old daughter who was born here and has a Canadian birth certificate and passport. We also have a 17-year-old son (Ash) who would graduate in 2015. That would be his whole education down the pan as he would have to start again in the UK.
“Furthermore, our 19-year-old son (Chris) works and has his own Visa and is applying for his own residency. His four years started when he began working in December 2013,” Lesley said.
“The reasons for staying here is that we have a government-approved mortgage, car loans, a very good lifestyle and wonderful friends. Most of our family have been over for fantastic holidays. And we love Canada! This is not just affecting us, but approximately 10,000 people,” she added.
In recent weeks, the Caborn’s plight has been featured in the local newspaper, the Lethbridge Herald, and on CTV News Calgary. A second TV news interview is expected this week.
An online petition has also been launched, adding to support from friends on Facebook, calling for the Canadian government to let them stay.