Our Plea to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

Our 94-year old mother was given an Impairment Assessment of 40 points which exceeds the 30 points required to qualify to apply for a carer.  We applied for a carer’s visa for her step grandchild which is within the Immigration’s definition of “relative”.
Writer’s mother with her step grandchild applying for carer’s visa

Writer’s mother with her step grandchild applying for carer’s visa

To cut a long story short, the initial carer’s visa application was not approved; this decision was upheld by the Migration Review Tribunal.  The Immigration regulations allow for the Minister to exercise his discretionary power to reconsider based on compassionate grounds.  So we submitted our formal request for the Minister to grant the carer’s visa.

Much to our dismay, we received a letter signed by the Assistant Manager, NSW Ministerial Intervention that, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, “… decided that it would not be in the public interest to intervene”.

As our carer’s visa application did in fact consider the “public interest”, we humbly ask the following questions:

* Would it not be in the public interest that my mother is cared for at our home thereby not using Australia’s limited resources for aged care facilities?

* Would it not be in the public interest that my mother would not require health care and use of public funds by preventing aggravation of her health conditions due to anxiety and depression and granting her wish to be cared for by someone who is a family member?

* Would it not be in the public interest that the carer will be contributing to the economy of Australia as a consumer as well as pay taxes where applicable, and not costing the government for her health, education and well being before coming to Australia to care for my frail mother?

* Would it not be in the public interest that the nominated carer (who is a qualified and experienced nurse) could help alleviate the shortage of nursing staff as she could also work even as a nursing aide for a few hours as allowed by the carer’s visa?

Our appeal to the Minister was supported in formal letters by two Members of Parliament and by additional 18 from various members of the Filipino-Australian media, leaders of community organisations and the secretary-general of a national sport organisation.  Those who supported our application would also have considered “public interest”.

Each of those who supported our application for intervention on compassionate grounds would also have taken into consideration that the Minister’s favourable response would allow me to continue helping the community and the country in the area of community journalism , sports and church volunteer work.

We fervently request the Hon Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to exercise the discretionary power to intervene, to grant approval for a carer for our mother, based on compassionate grounds.


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