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SBS Language | ‘Practically defunct’: Why some family visa applications take 50 years to process

Italy-born Francesca Roma arrived in Australia in 2015 after spending ten years in London, where she met her Australian husband.

“We had our first child in London, the second was born in Italy. We were happy in Europe, but my husband wanted to be closer to his family, so we decided to embark on this new family journey.

“I am happy here, my girls have an excellent quality of life, there is a lot of space and time to enjoy our family life fully,” she says from her home in Surrey Hills, in Melbourne’s inner north. 

After the family moved to Australia, Ms Roma’s mother Laura Baldoin would pack her bags and travel halfway across the globe to be with her granddaughters, Sofia and Beatrice.

Their favourite activity – reading Italian books so the kids would not lose their language.

“It was a good balance because she could continue living

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Defunct spa unlikely to refund customers, despite order

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The owners of a defunct Bismarck spa have been ordered to pay nearly $380,000 for selling gift cards even as they made plans to close the business in 2017.


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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a civil lawsuit against Jill Becker and Brent Voorhees, owners of Spa D’Athena, accusing them of selling the worthless gift cards and using the money to pay expenses at a separate business owned by Voorhees and to make Becker’s child support payments.

While the lawsuit was pending in Burleigh County, the two moved to Nevada and filed for bankruptcy. Officials said it’s unlikely customers will be able to recover the money they spent on the gift certificates.

“Unfortunately, because the restitution likely will be discharged in the bankruptcy, it means there is no money for refunds to consumers who purchased worthless Spa D’Athena gift cards,” said Parrell Grossman, director of

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