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Visa crisis for the man whose life Wagga saved

HELPING HAND: Graeme Callander and Wagga Rotary are trying to keep Rex Flores in Australia after the expiration of his Section 457 visa on April 4. Picture: Ken GrimsonA YEAR after undergoing a kidney transplant, Rex Flores may beforced to leave the country that saved his life because the Philippines nationalcannot work in the job he secured through a Section 457 visa.
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Adesperate appeal to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, bythe Wagga Rotary Club seems the only hopeagainst 31-year-old Mr Flores having to pack up and go after April 4 when his four-year visa expires.

Mr Floresstarted workwith Teys at Bomen as a meat worker in 2012, but within months was struck down with an illness that crippled his kidneys and forced him to go onto dialysis four times a week.

Ineligible for Medicare benefits, Mr Flores faced a grim future until Wagga Rotaryand the wider communityrallied around himand organised a life-saving kidney transplant early last year.

The effort allowed Mr Flores’s brother, Rowell, to fly to Australia and donate a kidney.

A bright new life beckoned for Mr Flores, but his health prevents him from working as a meat workerand as a result he cannot extend his existing visaand must leave Australia.

Wagga Rotary through member for Riverina Michael McCormack is asking Mr Dutton to find some other visa category for Mr Flores.

“We don’t know what that would be, we are begging the minister to find something,” said chairman of Wagga Rotary’s community services committee, Graeme Callander.

“Rex is exactly the type of person we need in Australia as an immigrant.”

In the Philippines Mr Flores would battle to pay the $1000 a month for drugs that stop his body rejecting his brother’s kidney.

Mr Flores said he would be extremely sad to leave Australia.

“I am very grateful because everyone in the community was so good to me and I would like to stay here,” hesaid.

“They gave me a second chance to live, I was sick and dying.

“I know my dreams can come true here if I can stay.”

Mr Callander said Wagga Rotary had virtually guaranteed Mr Flores a job if he was allowed to stay.

“I can do other jobs,” said Mr Flores, who joined Teys as a slicer.

Mr Callander praised Teys for its support of Mr Flores.

“If I can have another visa that is not 457 perhaps I can do a job with a computer, or in a restaurant,” Mr Flores said.

Wagga mayor Rod Kendall and others havewritten lettersof supportfor Mr Flores.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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