Members of a Tamil family in a high-profile battle to stay in Australia have been granted 12-month transitional visas, allowing them to stay in the country.
Visas were granted Thursday to three of the four Murugappan family members by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
However, while visas were granted to parents Priya and Nades and their daughter Kopika, a similar visa was not granted to the youngest daughter in the family, Tharnicaa.
The move means the family will not be able to return to their former home in Biloela, Queensland and will have to remain in community detention in Perth.
The visa decision comes a week after the family were granted a reprieve in their struggle to stay in Australia after being granted a three-month transitional visa, which had allowed them to stay in the country until just before Christmas.
The family live in Perth after years of detention, following Tharnicca’s medical evacuation from Christmas Island earlier this year due to a blood infection.
Family supporters said they were surprised at the decision to grant the visa extension to three of the four family members.
Angela Fredericks, Biloela resident and family friend, said the denial of a visa for Tharnicaa prevented return to their former hometown.
“Australian law gives Minister Hawke the power to put an end to this sad saga with the stroke of a pen, by issuing the same visa to four-year-old Tharni, which he granted to his mother, father and sister. “she said in a statement. A declaration.
“Much like her sister Kopika, Tharnicaa was born in Queensland, and that’s where she belongs.”
Associated Australian Press