Glenn Tunnicliff, 57, and wife Sheena, 50, have been ordered to leave within seven weeks after they were unable to secure permanent residency due to various visa changes since arriving in Perth in 2015.
They moved from East Sussex in the UK to start a new life with their two daughters Tamzin and Molly who are now 21 and 18 – as well as their jack russell Roxy.
The family settled in Warwick in the north of Perth with Mr Tunnicliff getting a job as a plasterer while his wife opened her own Helloworld travel franchise – where she now employs three people.
Their girls are now starting out on their own careers with Tamzin working as a nurse while Molly is studying Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
But now the family have been told to leave the country by August 4 as the age limit to gaining permanent residency (PR) – the pathway to citizenship – is 45 years.
A permanent residency, known as PR, allows migrants to stay in Australia for good and eventually get Australian citizenship.
But the age limit for gaining permanent residency – and the various permanent skilled visas – is 45.
This means that Britons who are over 45 years old – like Glenn Tunnicliff, 57, and Sheena, 50 – are no longer eligible for the permanent residency visa, meaning they must leave the country.