Australia to deport Sri Lankan couple seeking permanent residency


Mr Ranasinghe Arachchige, who has spent almost all of his money fighting to keep his family in Australia, said it was starting to sink in that he would have to go back to Sri Lanka.“I was crying yesterday in front of (the case worker),” he said.“I can’t start my life like this back there.” Leader asked Minister Dutton’s office if the family would be deported if Ms Nissankage Harshani was still hospitalised on October 26, but they didn’t answer. Mr Ranasinghe Arachchige said he was desperate to remain in Australia “so my wife and I can continue to work and contribute to our community”.He said he had completed one year of paid work experience in order to qualify for the skilled residence visa, subclass 885, and held an ongoing position so he could return to work when he was no longer a full-time carer for his wife and 16-month-old son, Makeyl, who was born in Australia.“My migration agent presented me a new contract of $11,000 to appeal. I didn’t have this much money,” he said. Last week Greater Dandenong Leader told how the family had spent more than $25,000 in their fight for permanent residency and personally pleaded their case to the Immigration Minister when they paid $2000 to sit near the minister at a ‘Diwali With Peter Dutton’ dinner in Boronia last November. “The Department will continue to work with the family to resolve their immigration status,” a spokeswoman said.Monash Health would not say if a patient still under hospital care could be forced to leave. A man from Sri Lanka fighting for permanent residency in Australia has been told he and his wife will be deported within weeks, The Herald Sun reported.Sri Lankan immigrant Eranda Ranasinghe Arachchige, 39, said his wife Lakmala Nissankage Harshani was still being treated for a mental illness in hospital and had no discharge date but he had been told by his Immigration Department case worker they both have to leave Australia by October 26. He said he had worked hard to complete a diploma in hospitality in his job as manager at Braeside McDonalds and their lives were going smoothly until his wife fell ill. Immigration lawyer Cathrine Burnett-Wake from Harris Wake in Dandenong said visa costs could add up and “vulnerable people who are desperate for a migration outcome can be taken for a ride by unscrupulous migration agents”.The Department of Immigration has refused to say why the family’s application had been rejected.Father Brian Collins from St Anthony’s Parish, Noble Park, where the family attends mass, has organised a supporting letter from Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart to be sent to Mr Dutton.A letter from doctors at Monash Health to the Department of Immigration said Ms Nissankage Harshani would become fully well again with the proper medical treatment. They said ongoing visa uncertainty was adding to her stress. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,202.85 up 62.52 points):Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 48 cents, or 4.36 per cent, at $11.48 on 8,725,007 shares. New York-based Goldman Sachs upgraded RIM to buy from neutral based on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at the end of January. The bump comes one day after the stock fell, then rose, after Nokia Corp. asked courts in several countries to uphold a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented wireless technology.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $2.40 on 8,001,330 shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $2.83 on 5,473,316 shares.Centamin PLC (TSX:CEE). Miner. Up five cents, or 5.62 per cent, at 94 cents on 5,459,283 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.04 per cent to 937.49 points.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 19 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $64.57 on 12,398,138 shares. Telecommunications sector increased 0.62 per cent to 110.69 points.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 21 cents, or 1.66 per cent, at $12.83 on 4,201,755 shares. The financial sector was up 0.80 point at 186.82 points.TSX Venture Exchange (1,218.38 up 13.01 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 3.05 per cent, at $1.69 on 9,911,765 shares. The Calgary-based company climbed for a second day in a row after it booked third-quarter profit of $4.6 million, more than double its year-earlier profit of $1.7 million or a penny per share. Revenue jumped 60 per cent to $21 million. The company has agreed to merge with Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO), subject to shareholders’ approval in January.Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSXV:BOE). Oil and gas explorer. Up eight cents, or five per cent, at $1.68 on 4,567,600 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $1.80 on 281,136 shares. The Montreal-based company will introduce a direct service next summer to Istanbul, Turkey and will use two new Boeing 777 aircraft to expand its reach into the Asia-Pacific market.Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL). Apparel. Up 89 cents, or 2.69 per cent, at $33.98 on 1,002,360 shares. The maker of T-shirts, socks and other clothing is expanding its U.S. production for the first time by investing US$85 million on yarn-spinning facilities in southern states. The company made the announcement as it posted fourth-quarter profits jumped to $89 million from $48.5 million. Net sales increased to $561.6 million from $481.6 million.The Royal Bank (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $58.61 on 2,465,303 shares. The first of Canada’s big banks to report booked a record full-year profit, which includes $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.57 billion in the same 2011 period. Total revenue was $7.5 billion, up from $6.7 billion. The boost in the recently-concluded quarter came from personal and commercial banking business earnings which topped $1 billion. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 5:49 pm MDT read more