Bangladeshi Teen Being Deported from Australia for Disability

Sumaya Bhuiyan in the middle. Photo: SBSSumaya Bhuiyan, a 16-year-old teenager with autistic spectrum disorder, could be deported from Australia as soon as Friday, reports SBS Australia.

The family’s application for permanent residency was rejected when Sumaya failed a mandatory health check – an element of the process designed to avoid Australian taxpayers footing the bill for expensive medical procedures.

Her parents, both practising GPs, have said they can financially support their daughter without the support of the state, with the exception of her attendance at a special needs school, adds the Australia-based media Special Broadcasting Service.

They appealed to Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton for a “ministerial intervention” to override a tribunal decision.

But the family has now received a reply from the department saying Dutton’s assistant minister Alex Hawke had “personally considered your case and has decided that it would not be in the public interest to intervene”.

Sumaya’s mother told SBS she was surprised at the decision, given her status as a skilled migrant currently employed as a physician, according to the SBS.

“I couldn’t accept this decision,” said Nasrin Haque. “When I found this email [from the family lawyer], I was shocked.”

Sumaya failing the health check means the whole family is now ineligible for permanent residency.

Physician Haque was able to extend her own skilled working visa. Her 14-year-old son Sakir, Sumaya’s brother, will be allowed to stay with her as a dependant.

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