A family from Ireland was forced to withdraw their dream move to New Zealand when their youngest daughter was refused a visa because of Down's syndrome.
Bumikka Suhinthan, 15, was told that she could not enter the country because her & # 39; health was not acceptable & # 39; imposing excessive costs.
Mother Nilani Suhinthan, 52, planned to start a new life in Auckland, New Zealand, after having had a headhunt for an IT consultant job of £ 74,000 a year.
She, her husband Nagarajah, 54, and other daughters Tanya, 19, and Saumia, 14, all received a visa but Bumikka & # 39; s rejection has destroyed their dream.
The family, now living in Dublin, lived in Buckinghamshire 25 years earlier until 2015.
The Suhinthan family, from left: Saumina, 14, Nilani, 52, Bumikka, 15, Tanya, 18, and Nagarajah, 53. They had to give up their dream move to New Zealand
Bumikka (left), 15, is depicted with her sisters, Tanya (center), 19, and Saumina (right), 14. The middle daughter received a visa from the New Zealand immigration authorities
Despite the fact that the family offers to pay for the extra support their daughter would need at school, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) decided that Bumikka would be too big a burden.
Mrs. Suhinthan, who had already moved to New Zealand to prepare for the family's emigration, said she was told that Bumikka would be eligible for a temporary visitor's visa so that the family could be in New Zealand on Christmas Day spend it.
But despite booking flights, they were stopped to board their connecting flight in Malaysia, because Bumikka was not considered a real visitor.
The mother and her husband Nagarajah, an engineer, tried to challenge the rejection for three months, but a final hearing last week decided that the decision was final.
Nilani, who lives in Dublin, said: & It is complete discrimination. I always told her she is no different, but this is tearing it up.
& # 39; She doesn't quite understand why we are not going to New Zealand.
Bumikka, pictured on the left with a hug from her mother and on the right posing for a photo on a beach, has Down syndrome
Bumikka, 15, and father Nagarajah, 53. The teenager's mother said that she & # 39; abandoned herself & # 39; felt after the visa was refused by New Zealand immigration officials
& # 39; They kept telling me that she was going to cost money to send her to a special school. My tax assessment in one month would cover school fees for the entire year.
& # 39; It only makes sense if it is discriminatory. Bumikka has a moderate disability, but she can talk, walk and dress herself. She only needs supervision and extra help in class.
& # 39; So I don't understand why they would reject her temporary visa other than being discriminatory.
& # 39; We intended to start a new life there. Instead, we were simply thrown into the dark.
& # 39; We had to spend Christmas Day in an apartment and had terrible Malaysian food instead of a Christmas dinner.
& # 39; The car that I bought there is just in the driveway of my sister. I couldn't just leave her in Ireland and take my other children to the other side of the world.
The two younger sisters, Saumina (left) and Bumikka (right), who had refused her visa because her & # 39; health was not acceptable & # 39;
Sisters Bumikka, left, Tanya, center and Saumina, right. The Suhinthan family dreamed of emigrating to New Zealand
& # 39; I love my daughter too much to reach the other side of the world, but we all looked forward to our new life. & # 39;
She and her husband emigrated from Sri Lanka in 1990, initially living in Buckinghamshire and then moving to Dublin in 2015.
Mrs. Suhinthan was scouted for a job as a data mining specialist for a major American technology company in June last year and went to her to settle down and wait for her family to come.
In November last year, a month before the move, they were told that Bumikka & # 39; s visa had been refused.
Her mother wrote the immigration minister, Kris Faafoi, who begged him to reconsider Bumikka's visa application.
Bumikka should participate in the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) – a national resource that provides support to students who need special education to participate and learn with other students at school.
The family suggested together, from the left: Tanya, Saumina, mother Nilani, Bumikka and father Nagarajah. Nilani had planned a new life in New Zealand after being recruited for a job there
Pictured left: Tanya, mother Nilani and middle daughter Bumikka; pictured on the right: the three sisters, Tanya, Bumikka and Saumia
But despite her mother's offer to pay the $ 7,800 (£ 5,923) needed each year, the country told her that the plan was a & # 39; finite resource & # 39; and cannot be saved for an international citizen.
Mrs. Suhinthan, who had to leave her job in New Zealand and move to Dublin, said that she & # 39; had been completely abandoned & # 39 ;.
A spokesperson for New Zealand immigration confirmed that the visa had been refused for health reasons.
They said: & although we understand the family situation, all non-New Zealanders who come to New Zealand must have an acceptable standard of health in order not to incur unnecessary costs or demands on the public health system of New Zealand. To impose Zeeland.
& # 39; In the case of Bumikka, the medical assessor determined that granting a visa would likely impose high costs and / or high demands on health and special education services in New Zealand.
Saumina (left) and her sister Bumikka (right). The family could not even spend Christmas Day in New Zealand as they had hoped because Bumikka was not considered a real visitor
& # 39; The Ongoing Resource Scheme (ORS) is a limited resource available to all students in New Zealand and every teacher assistant provided by the school would be part of the ORS.
& # 39; While INZ determines that the family intends to pay for the use of the teacher assistant, the ability of a person or organization to pay for educational services does not affect whether an applicant is likely to impose significant costs on the special educational services from New Zealand.
& # 39; In addition, regardless of how it is funded, the teacher's assistant would still come from the ORS and cause another New Zealand child to be unable to access the teacher's skills.
& # 39; INZ found that, due to the circumstances of Bumikka, it could not be considered a bona fide temporary visitor.
& # 39; Because her entire family worked in New Zealand or wanted to move to New Zealand, the immigration officials were not satisfied. Bumikka can be considered a bona fide visitor. & # 39;