Staff WriterA Noosaville doctor is fighting against his deportation from Australia after his son, who has intellectual impairment and epilepsy, failed the health examination of a permanent visa application. Dr. Stephen Grandison is saying that the assessment process has flaws, citing that his 12-year-old son would cost 2.5 million dollars, if paid for by the government. Dr. Grandison goes on to say that "We are in a fortunate position that we have the skills, experience and financial stability to be able to care for Tom ourselves with no need to access government support.” Dr. Grandison moved to Australia from the UK in 2011 with his wife and three children. He was on a 457 visa (a temporary visa), basically allowing businesses to sponsor skilled applicants. However, two years later, his job nominated him for a 186 visa, which would allow him to stay permanently. After going through the visa application, the family was told about their child failing the health screening. With three weeks to spare, they need to gain public support in hopes that the department will waive the health decision. If you are interested in helping the Grandison family, you can sing their petition here.
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