Help save the Chiong family from unfair and unjust deportation
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Chester and Sarah Chiong with their 4 children, face imminent deportation to the Philippines. They joyfully made Australia their home with a permanent residency visa granted on 14 February 2014. But shockingly this visa was cancelled due to a predicament not of the family’s making. Chester Chiong’s application was among 59 processed by a Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) immigration officer convicted of fraud and serving an 8 month prison sentence. Erroneous entries on his visa application were not made by Chester Chiong, nor did he supply the information.
Chester was always ready and willing to comply with visa requirements and conditions. He has worked full-time as a metal fitter since arriving in Australia and has a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. His daughter is now studying for her HSC exams this October. The entire family has fully embraced Australian life, establishing strong links in their local community.
“The Chiongs are a gentle, hardworking and law-abiding family making a valuable contribution to our society,” according to Fr Graham McIntyre - Parish Priest at St Joseph’s Moorebank. In a determined show of support, 636 parishioners signed a petition asking the Minister for Immigration to exercise his discretion for the distraught family by compassionately reviewing the Tribunal’s decision.
The Chiong’s plight is also being advocated by Migrante Australia (NSW). They are urging the Australian government to fully investigate loopholes in the DIBP visa processing system to prevent future fraudulent acts that can adversely impact the future of innocent victims. It is in the national interest that the DIBP thoroughly investigates all irregularities that may arise from possible visa scammers within its own ranks.
Bottom line? To severely punish the Chiong family for fraud by a corrupt immigration officer is unjust. Australia has a cherished reputation for giving everyone a ‘fair go’. Please add your voice to the Chiong family’s heartfelt request for the Immigration Minister to reinstate their permanent residency visa.
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