IMG with special-needs child waiting on visa decision

THE fate of an Egyptian GP working in remote WA and his family is in the hands of the immigration department, which will decide whether to refuse permanent residency because his young daughter has cerebral palsy.

An application for permanent residency on behalf of Dr Rafik Mansour, who has worked in Fitzroy Crossing for the past three years, and his family is currently before the department, and a spokesperson said a final decision had not yet been made.

“It is longstanding government policy that high cost medical conditions are a consideration in visa decisions,” the spokesperson said.

“In this particular case, the family’s daughter does not meet the health requirement for a permanent visa on health cost grounds, however a health waiver is available for consideration.

“In line with standard department policy and processes, the family has now been given an opportunity to provide evidence in support of