A father has been gifted the best present of all just in time for Christmas, having been granted permanent residency to stay in the country with his son after months of tireless campaigning.
Andrea Tindiani, 37, moved abroad from Italy in 2012 and faced deportation earlier this year after cycling through a multitude of temporary visas to stay with his nine-year-old Australian-born son Marley.
The Castlemaine local tirelessly campaigned for months to stay with his family before an appeal to the Immigration Minister Andrew Giles saw Mr Tindiani granted permanent residency on Thursday.
‘Dear friends and supporters… I am sharing with you all with a very full heart that the Minister of immigration Andrew Giles has decided to intervene in my case and granted me a Permanent Residency!’ the doting dad shared online.
Andrea Tindiani, 37, was granted permanent residency by Immigration Minister Andrew Giles on Thursday
‘We are over the moon for such incredible news… this means I can continue my life here and honour my continuous commitment to be a present father for my son Marley.
‘It has been an incredible journey and I could have never made it without your support, compassion and encouragement,’ he continued.
This journey would’ve been much tougher without the support of his immediate family, Mr Tindiani added.
‘We have all learned a lot from this experience but above all, it confirmed once again, the important role that FAMILY, COMMUNITY, RESILIENCE, BELIEF, LOVE and COMPASSION play in everyone’s life,’ he said.
‘After 11 years, I can finally find comfort in saying I belong here, in Australia, with my son and our family.’
The Italian-born father campaigned tirelessly for months after being threatened with deportation following an unsuccessful application for a Confirmatory Residence Visa in 2021
Mr Tindiani (pictured left) moved abroad to Australia from Italy in 2012, before having his son Marley (pictured centre) with the child’s mother Emily (pictured right) in 2014
The father originally moved to the country on a working holiday visa, before gaining sponsorship from his employer in Victoria the following year.
He had his son Marley in 2014 before separating with the child’s mother Emily.
Mr Tindiani was made redundant in 2016 due to restructuring in his company, and quickly churned through a cycle of student visas until 2021 when he unsuccessfully applied for a Confirmatory Residence Visa.
A change.org petition started in May quickly gained traction with over 18,000 signatures and $11,000 raised to support his cause.