Filipino Nurse Maria Sevilla Granted Three-Month Bridging Visa

Maria Sevilla Given Bridging Visa

  Image Source: Maria Sevilla/ The Queensland Nurses’ Union We’ve received good news about Ms. Sevilla’s plight!   On April 28, Tuesday afternoon, the Queensland Nurses Union announced that Ms. Maria Sevilla, 38, had been given a three-month bridging visa.   Ms. Sevilla had been denied renewal of her Skilled Provisional Work visa due to her 10-year-old son’s autism diagnosis. Her application for a new work visa was rejected in September because of concerns that Tyrone’s condition might make him a “burden” to Australian taxpayers. They now face deportation to the Philippines.

120,000-Signature Petition

On Monday, April 27, Ms. Sevilla, together with her mother Ching Morales and Tyrone, hand-delivered 4,000 pages containing 120,000 signatures from a petition begging Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to allow her and Tyrone to stay in Australia.   “It is overwhelming,” Ms. Sevilla stated, pertaining to the sheer number of signatures. “We’re lucky to have all this support in my hands.”   Along with the 4,000-page petition, Ms. Sevilla handed a letter written by Tyrone that said: “Dear Mr. Dutton, Can I stay in Australia please… Tyrone.”   The 38-year-old’s previous bridging visa was due to expire on Monday but had been granted another bridging visa while her appeal was being considered.

Immigration Minister Might Allow the Sevillas to Stay

Mr. Dutton had indicated that he might allow Ms. Sevilla and her son to remain in Australia.   Based on the details presented to Mr. Dutton, he told ABC Radio, “…I think this is a case where we would be able to help the family.”   “I hope we can provide a good outcome for this family that I think they deserve,” he added.   Although the immigration minister’s comments came as a relief to Ms. Sevilla, she won’t be celebrating until a final decision has been made.

Ms: Sevilla: Bridging Visa Not a Guarantee

Ms. Sevilla stated, “There’s no guarantee at all that will be the last outcome of our case.”   “The bridging visa is just formality for us to stay here in Australia legally. But at the end of the day we still don’t know if we can stay in Australia permanently.”   Ms. Sevilla hoped that the decision to reject her Skilled Provisional Work visa would be reversed. This would allow her and her son to stay in Australia for three more years.   Only then can they apply for a permanent residency.   If they’re sent back to the Philippines, Ms. Sevilla is worried that Tyrone’s condition might deteriorate. Tyrone has been in Australia since he was two years old and can only understand English.   References:

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