A widower with a disability is hoping that the Ministry of Immigration will finally grant their permanent residency visa before Christmas. Rene Matados, a father of two, has been residing in Perth for years now on a bridging visa. Their family has been coping with the tragic loss of Rene’s wife who succumbed to breast cancer in May 2012.
Grieving over the death of his wife, Rene suffered a debilitating stroke that left him with disability.
“It has been a long wait yet I’m hoping for the best decision for my children.” “I do believe that there is always a shining light at the end of the tunnel,” Rene said.
He says their family have been good residents in Australia since they moved here from the Philippines on the strength of a 457 visa in 2008. The father takes pride in his children – Renzon, 20 and Robin, 14 – who have been doing well in their studies. Renzon completed his Trade Cert 111 Vehicle Painter awarded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development last month. Renzon also got an RAC Award for his workmanship. The eldest son is keen to look for work as soon as they heard from the Minister. Rene added that Renzon has a greater chance of getting a job on a permanent residency visa.
Rene is equally pleased with the academic achievement of Robin, a Yr 9 student at Belmont City College. The Task Mark Report, Semester Two 2016 of Robin shows excellent academic results in Maths, English and all his other subjects.
A community campaign for the family’s residency visa started over four years ago in May 2012 when Migrante brought to then Minister Chris Bowen his plight, a 457 visa worker appealing to consider his residency visa on compassionate grounds.
Christmas of 2014 did not bring good tidings for the family when the immigration office informed them that the appeal for the visa was refused. They were given a few days to file for an appeal at the immigration tribunal.
A year later, in November 2015, the same sad news from the tribunal came informing him of refusal of the residency visa. They were then advised to seek Ministerial Intervention.
Nelson Mapaye of Migrante lodged an appeal to Honourable Minister Dutton in behalf of the Matados to intervene and consider their application and further to uphold The Convention on the Rights of the Children, Article 18 ( Best Interest of the Child );
in relation to providing access to public education
to Robin and employment opportunities to Renzon.
Migrante believes that the children have worked hard for their schooling and deserve to be rewarded.
Now the family is anxiously waiting with prayers that Christmas of 2016 will be a better one for them.
“Christmas season is here once again and I am getting anxious. I hope the Minister will give my children a fair go in Australia, a country we now call home for over eight years,” Rene said. “They said that justice delayed is justice denied, I certainly hope not in our case.”