Visa for surgery de­nied

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial - – Ju­lia Osborne, Nam­bucca, NSW

The med­i­cal treat­ment visa was re­fused for surgery in Aus­tralia for my young Afghan friend, aged 20, who has a con­gen­i­tal fa­cial de­for­mity. Let­ters of sup­port from the cran­io­fa­cial sur­geon plus my as­sur­ance of fi­nan­cial sup­port dur­ing the eight weeks for surgery and re­cov­ery car­ried no weight. No av­enue for ap­peal was per­mit­ted. One rea­son given was that there wasn’t ev­i­dence of a fam­ily con­nec­tion or em­ploy­ment to re­turn to, nor was there ev­i­dence in the pass­port of pre­vi­ous travel. I don’t re­call questions on the ap­pli­ca­tion form re­lat­ing to th­ese state­ments. It was as­sumed my friend would not re­turn to his coun­try and he was coldly de­prived of the “fine face” he’s longed for all his life. Ob­vi­ously I don’t know the right peo­ple (Gadfly, “Min­is­ter for for­eign au pairs”, Septem­ber 1–7).

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.