Three-month bridging visas to be issued to Tamil family

Both Kopika and Tharnicaa Murugappan were born in Australia (ABC News/Home to Bilo)

The Muruguppan family seeking asylum in Australia will be allowed to stay in the country for a further three months, according to an Australian Government barrister. Source: ABC News.

The government barrister, Stephen Lloyd, says Immigration Minister Alex Hawke intends to issue bridging visas to Priya, Nades, and Kopika Muruguppan next Thursday, when their current visas are due to expire.

The Tamil family of four has been fighting a long legal battle to remain in Australia since they were removed from their Biloela home in 2018.

Mr Lloyd said Mr Hawke would use a form of undertaking, allowing the Murugappan family to enter “administrative detention”.

Mr Lloyd told the Federal Circuit and Family Court the family “don’t go into a detention centre at all”.

When the current bridging visas expire on Wednesday, the family must attend a meeting at Mercy Care where the minister can issue the parents and eldest daughter with bridging visas again.

This would allow the family to continue to work and study on the mainland for another three months while their complex legal battle continues.

The visa status of Tharnicaa remains unchanged after the High Court refused a special leave request, preventing her from seeking a chance to apply for a protection visa last month.

The family is fighting deportation to Sri Lanka after they were found not to be owed protection in Australia.

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Biloela Tamil family's complex legal battle continues with new bridging visas (ABC News

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