Irish family's dream move to New Zealand is shattered over Down's Syndrome

Mail Online | 3/27/2019 | Tim Stickings For Mailonline
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A family from Ireland were forced to abandon their dream move to New Zealand when their youngest daughter was denied a visa because she had Down's Syndrome.

Bumikka Suhinthan, 15, was told she couldn't enter the country because her 'health was not of an acceptable standard' and would impose excessive costs.

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Mother Nilani Suhinthan, 52, had planned to start a new life in Auckland, New Zealand, after she was headhunted for a £74,000-a-year IT consultant job.

She, her husband Nagarajah, 54, and other daughters Tanya, 19, and Saumia, 14, all received visas but Bumikka's rejection has shattered their dream.

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The family, who now live in Dublin, previously lived in Buckinghamshire for 25 years until 2015.

Despite the family offering to pay for the extra support their daughter would need in school, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) ruled Bumikka would be too great a burden.

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Mrs Suhinthan, who had already moved to New Zealand to prepare for the family's emigration, said she was told Bumikka would be eligible for a temporary visitor visa, so the family could spend Christmas Day in New Zealand.

But despite booking flights, they were stopped from boarding their connecting flight in Malaysia, because Bumikka wasn't considered a genuine visitor.

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The mother and her husband Nagarajah, an engineer, have spent three months appealing the rejection, but a final hearing last week ruled the decision was final.

Nilani, who lives in Dublin, said: 'It's complete discrimination. I've always told her she isn't any different but this tears it up.

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'She doesn't completely understand why we're not going to New Zealand.

'They kept telling me she would cost them money to send her to a special school. My tax bill in one month would cover the school fees for the entire year.


'It just doesn't make any sense other than it being discriminatory....
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