GP’s battle with Immigration over ill son

VISA BATTLE: Noosaville GP Stephen Grandison with his family (from left) Sarah, Tom, Zeus, Ben and Katie.
VISA BATTLE: Noosaville GP Stephen Grandison with his family (from left) Sarah, Tom, Zeus, Ben and Katie. Nicola Brander

NOOSA GP Stephen Grandison faces an anxious wait to see if 2500 signatures and about 60 letters of support will be enough to persuade the Immigration Department his family can stay.

Dr Grandison's middle son, Tom, who has intellectual impairment and epilepsy, failed the health assessment component of the permanent residence visa application process.

This meant Dr Grandison, who came to Australia from the United Kingdom with his family in February, 2011, would have to return. Many people, including local MPs, came to Dr Grandison's assistance after the issue was highlighted in the Sunshine Coast Daily in March.

Dr Grandison said the family had submitted all the letters and petition about a week ago and now faced the waiting game.

He is hoping the department will give Tom a health waiver, which considers the family's contribution to Australia and the extent to which they can mitigate against potential costs.

With the overwhelming amount of support shown to Dr Grandison and his family, he hoped the application would be successful.

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