Family granted visa extension
A GEELONG family facing imminent deportation has been granted a six-week extension visa as the Immigration Minister decides their fate.
Malaysian nationals Har Mei “Jacqui” Chew, Wai Cheong “Des” Low and children Daphne, 19, and Joab, 16, were facing deportation this week after their visas expired on July 9.
The family’s bid for permanent visas was rejected because Ms Chew was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and has been deemed a burden on the Australian medical system by the federal government.
The government’s “one fails, all fails” health criteria meant the entire family was denied visas. But the family hope the decision to refuse their visa application will be overturned by Immigration Minister David Coleman.
On Friday, their temporary visas were extended for six weeks, while Mr Coleman makes his final decision.
The family’s plight has attracted an outpouring of community support, with leaders including former mayor Keith Fagg and federal Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles urging the minister to reconsider the application.
“People have been telling me to take it one step at a time,” Mr Low said.
“But my wife and children, they are distressed and anxious.”
The Department of Home Affairs previously said it does not comment on individual cases.