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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Expat family to be deported from New Zealand due to brain tumour

A British family who moved to New Zealand as expatriates six years ago are being deported to the UK because the father has a brain tumour.

Paul and Sarah Crystal and their three children are being refused permanent residence in the country due to concerns from the authorities over Mr Crystal's inability to work and the cost of treatment.

The family, which is originally from Evesham, is now in a difficult position, unable to stay in New Zealand without welfare benefits, but lacking the funds to return to the UK.

Mr Crystal, who has been given a 20 per cent chance of survival, told the Daily Telegraph: "I don't know how we'll get by.

"I just have to get the family safe. I have to get them somewhere where they have a future and get them settled. To come out and realise you're left struggling on the other side of the world with nothing is a shock."

He was forced to stop working after the removal of a brain tumour in 2010, at a time when the family had already started to prepare their residency applications.

Two months ago they were informed that their applications had been rejected and that the family will be deported on December 16th when their current visas expire.

Mrs Crystal said: "We haven't got anywhere to go. To take the kids out of New Zealand would be a wrench for them all. I don't know where we'll live – probably the Evesham area. We would go back with nothing.

"It is extremely stressful. It is stressful on my husband – he thinks it is all his fault because it happened to him."

The immigration department in New Zealand (INZ) has said that it could not grant Mr Crystal residency under the entrepreneur category as he does not meet the relevant specifications in terms of period of employment.

A spokesman said: "INZ also considered Mr Crystal's application using the criteria for the other residence categories, but he did not meet the requirements."

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