IMG with disabled child can stay

Dr Rafik Mansour, who has worked in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region for the past three years, had originally been advised his application did not meet the health requirement “on health cost grounds” because his daughter suffered from the condition.

“It is longstanding government policy that high-cost medical conditions are a consideration in visa decisions,” an immigration spokesperson told MO at the time.

But, this week the department confirmed Dr Mansour’s application had been granted with a health waiver that took into account the Mansour family’s contribution to the Australian community and their role in providing health services to regional Western Australia.

RDAA president Dr Paul Mara welcomed the decision and said the association “wishes [Dr Mansour] and his family well. It’s a victory for common sense”.

In June, the case of Perth IMG Dr Cesar Sofocado was widely