Girl allowed visa after being denied for down syndrome

Eliza Fonseka was considered a
Eliza Fonseka was considered a "significant cost to the Australian community in the areas of health care".

A SRI Lankan girl who made headlines after being refused a temporary visa because she has Down syndrome will be allowed to live in Australia, after Immigration Minister Peter Dutton intervened in her case.

Eliza Fonseka, nine, also found an unexpected ally in former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell, who advocated for her to be granted the visa.

"I'm very excited for Eliza, I'm very excited for the family," said Chappell, who was approached to help Eliza's family by her father, a cricket coach.

"I think in this case compassion has won out."

Chappell said it was the first time he had been involved in an immigration issue.

Read more at the ABC.

Topics:  down syndrome immigration peter dutton

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