Stop Deportation of Hard-working Single Mother and Aussie Boy.

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I came to Australia from Vietnam in 2009 with my boy, Billy, when he was just a baby. I tailored my studies to fit the needs of Australian society so I could contribute my skills to the community. I studied early childhood education and moved to a regional area to fill the shortfall of childcare workers in the region. Unfortunately, this is where my problems began - an outdated, and now amended rule stopped regional workers with Hepatitis B from applying for permanent residence.

Little Billy has grown up an Aussie through and through. He doesn’t speak Vietnamese. This is the only life he has ever known. Now we are being deported from the country we call home. I am very concerned about Billy’s future. There are no provisions in the Vietnamese education system to support native English speakers. My son deserves to grow up as an Australian because that is who he is.


I arrived in Australia with dreams of being part of a fair country where hard work is rewarded. I have invested over a decade in Australia, working extremely hard and immersing myself in the Australian community. Yet, my case was dismissed by the ministers’ office, despite positive recommendations from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and over 50 personal letters of community support! 

This is the most frustrating part of our ordeal: as of July 1, the government has changed immigration health rules for migrants with medical conditions. This transforms the way a visa applicant’s potential burden on the health system would be calculated. If I applied today, my condition would be assessed differently. Sadly, this change has come too late for me and my son and they refuse to re-open my case.


The immigration minister still has the power to intervene. David Coleman can save Billy from being deported to a country he doesn’t know, filled with people speaking a language he won’t understand. 

With less than a month until we are deported, I feel like Billy and I are vulnerable birds. Australia is our nest, our home, our shelter. Let us stay where we belong. Please help me and my son by signing and sharing this petition.

You can see my interview with Studio10 here.

Thank you,

Sidney