For the past couple of months, we have been closely following the plight of Maria Sevilla and her 10-year-old son, Tyrone. The Sevillas ran the risk of being deported to the Philippines after Ms Sevilla’s application for a three-year Skilled Provision Work visa was denied last September. The rejection was based on Tyrone’s diagnosis of autism, which was deemed to be a “burden” to Australian taxpayers.
Last month, Ms Sevilla submitted a 4,000-page petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, asking him to intervene.
In a bout of good news, Minister Dutton has not only decided to overturn the deportation order, Ms Sevilla and her son will also be granted permanent visas.
“I looked at the case and I have determined we will provide these people with a permanent arrangement and permanent outcome in Australia and I think that’s good for them,” Minister Dutton stated.
“I’m very pleased we can provide the assistance to a young boy who is in need of medical and educational support and as a generous country that’s what we do.”
The process is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.