Costa’s visa fight

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Juliana Costa and husband Armindo Machado

A petition calling for a Queenstown cancer sufferer to be allowed to stay in the country has reached a staggering 8000 signatures.

Brazilian expat Juliana Costa, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer just two days before her wedding to Armindo Machado last year.

While still undergoing treatment, she’s been dealt another blow.

She’s been told her working visa will not be renewed, and she has to leave New Zealand by April 3.

“Once again I am feeling quite isolated and scared about what our future holds,” she says.

She’s started a petition for her case to be reviewed so she can apply for a medical waiver, which would allow her to stay in the country with her husband.

Support for her cause has risen rapidly – she only launched the petition last Friday.

Mayor Jim Boult confirms he’s written to Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway on her behalf.