Visa extensions granted to three members of the Biloela family

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The Tamil family from Queensland seeking to stay in Australia have been granted temporary 12-month visas.

Family lawyer Carina Ford said on Thursday Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had granted three members of the Muruguppan family – father, Nades, mother, Priya and eldest daughter, Kopika – visas 12-month transition period.

But there was no visa for their youngest daughter, Tharnicaa. This means the family will have to stay in Perth, where they lived, and will not be able to return to the town of Biloela, Queensland.

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“This means that it is under the order of the community’s determination, which effectively means that unless that changes, they stay in [Western Australia] at the address listed, ”Ms. Ford said.

Thursday’s move came just a week after the family learned, in a surprise development, that they would be offered three-month transitional visas. This offer also excluded Tharnicaa.

Family friend Angela Fredericks said the 12-month offer was also surprising.

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“Australian law gives Minister Hawke the power to put an end to this sad saga with the stroke of a pen, issuing the same visa to four-year-old Tharni, which he granted to his mother, father and sister. “she said. .

“Like her sister Kopika, Tharnicaa was born in Queensland, and that’s where she and her family belong.

“Experienced migration lawyers tell us that they have never heard of a child being denied the same visa granted to other family members in this way.

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“There is simply no reason to deny Tharni a transitional visa other than to prevent her family from returning home to Biloela, where they are welcome, wanted and needed.”

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