Son's plea for compassion as father faces deportation
SURGEON Krishna Rao has been a hardworking naturalised citizen who expects nothing from the government except one little request, that his 91-year-old father can stay in the country.
But because of visa advice received in India in 2014, his dad who lives with him has to leave the country by September.
Trying to get Border Control to listen to the circumstances around his case has proved fruitless.
He is not asking for the government to support his dad, he does this willingly and employs people to help out, all he needs is for his dad to be able to stay legally.
"When my mum passed on (in 2014), it was not possible to leave my dad on his own," Dr Rao said.
"In our culture we do not put our family in a home.
"There are not the facilities available to do this."
When he sought advice in India in 2014, he was told to bring his dad out on a 600 Sponsored Tourist Visa as an application for an aged or contributory aged parent visa could take 18 to 24 months.
"I didn't have that time available as I needed to return to Australia where I worked and my wife, a paediatrician, works," he said.
He took the advised, quicker option which has now backfired.
The visa came with two conditions - that he was not allowed a further stay and he was not allowed to apply for a further visa in Australia.
But with his dad getting frailer each day, the thought of sending him on another 36 hour flight to his brother, the only other family, in America is worrying.
"I tried to get a waiver on the condition (to apply in Australia), but I was told this could only happen if there was a drastic change in circumstances," Dr Rao said
"He has got to fall ill before they will consider a waiver. Apparently there is no room for manoeuvring and you can't prevail on the Immigration Department to look kindly on it.
Even trying to get hold of a human in Border Control has been a nightmare.
"You can't speak to anyone," he said.
Border Control did not respond to the Daily's questions by deadline.