A Filipina nurse and her 10-year-old son are at risk of being deported back to the Philippines within the next few days.
Townsville residents Maria Cecilia Sevilla and her son Tyrone, who have been in Australia for eight years, had a skilled working visa rejected by the Immigration Department because of the boy’s autism diagnosis since 2008.
The Immigration Department deemed the boy as a “financial burden on taxpayers.”
“I hope I’m not considered as a burden. I’m trying my best to work for Tyrone’s future,” Ms Sevilla said.
“He loves to play under the sun. He was a bit fair when we came here to Australia and now he’s like, brown skinned.”
The letter said Tyrone may be a burden on the taxpayer if he becomes a citizen later in life.
Ms Sevilla has appealed to the Migration Review Tribunal but it too has rejected the application.
Queensland Disabilities Minister Coralee O’Rourke called it a ‘cold, heartless decision’ by the Federal Government. ‘I call on them to reverse the decision,’ she said, according to the ABC.
Ms Sevilla said she hoped Immigration Minister Peter Dutton would exercise his ministerial power and allow them to stay. ‘It’s like, I’m pleading for our life, for Tyrone’s future,’ she said.”I call on them to reverse the decision,” she said.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the family could go back to the tribunal and attempt again to sway its decision.
Despite her son’s condition, Ms Sevilla completed a Nursing degree and was able to secure employment as a clinical nurse at Townsville Hospital.
Ms Sevilla said she would not be able to give Tyrone the same quality of life in the Philippines.
“It’s like, I’m pleading for our life, for Tyrone’s future,” she said.