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Launceston family overcome visa struggles and win battle to stay in Tasmania

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Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant owner Dan Thi Tran and her three children, Dat Vo, Linh Vo, and Lam Vo. Image / Change.org

The owners of Launceston’s Mekong Vietnamese Restaurant have successfully won their lengthy battle to remain in Australia.

Dan Thi Tran and her three children have called Tasmania home for nearly nine years but were served a two-month notice to leave the country in August 2023 due to an incorrect visa application.

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The family said at the time that the visa error stemmed from ‘incorrect advice’ they had received from an immigration agent.

“It is with immense joy and profound gratitude that I share the incredible news – Our visa has been granted!” the family said.

The family said they were on the brink of losing their home, business and place in the community they had come to love deeply. Image / Supplied

“This journey, filled with challenges and hope, has reached a successful conclusion and it’s all thanks to the unwavering support and kindness of this amazing community and everyone who stood by us.”

They garnered over 19,300 signatures urging Immigration Minister Andrew Giles to intervene, much to the family’s joy and relief.

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“To our community, words cannot fully express our gratitude. Your signatures, shares and voices have not only amplified our story but also rallied a wave of support that has been truly humbling.”

“This victory is not just ours; it’s yours as well. Each one of you has been a part of this journey and we are forever thankful for your kindness and solidarity.”

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“Your support has not only changed our lives but has also reaffirmed our belief in the power of community and compassion … Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything.”

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