Perth family facing deportation over son's disability allowed to stay
A Perth family that was at risk of being deported to India due to their son's Down syndrome diagnosis has been offered permanent residency in Australia after the immigration minister personally reviewed the case.
Aneesh and Krishna Kollikkara immigrated to Australia on student visas seven years ago, bringing their children with them.
They were recently denied permanency, as their 10-year-old son's disability was considered a strain on Australia's healthcare system.
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But on Wednesday, they were informed that Immigration Minister Andrew Giles had intervened in the case and granted the family permanent residency.
The move comes after the family received a letter telling them they have as little as two weeks to leave the country.