Australia – We have covered the story of nurse, Maria Sevilla and her son many times here on Autism Daily Newscast. Our last report can be read here. Mother and son were fearful of facing deportation to the Philippines due to the high cost of caring for Tyrone, who has autism. Ms Sevilla and Tyrone have lived in Australia for the past eight years and after completing her nursing degree.
After hearing the official news last week that they could stay in Australia, Ms Sevilla told that she was”jumping for joy” over the news about their permanent residency.
It was indicated back back in May that both mother and son may be allowed to stay.
Ms Sevilla told of her good news:
“[My lawyer] told me to sit down before she started talking, and told me I had been granted permanent residency,”
“I was jumping for joy, hysterical, I was crying, I was smiling. It was good news, it was a good day.
Ms Sevilla further added that she was grateful to the support that was given by both Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the Queensland Nurses Union.
“Thank you Australia for giving us a fair go.”
Source: Steven Schubert: abc Australia news website: Mother who faced deportation over cost of son’s autism celebrates official news of permanent residency