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The Biloela family granted permanent visas to stay in Australia

Written by Javed Iqbal

Asylum seekers affectionately known as the “Biloela family” have been granted permanent visas to reside in Australia.

The Nadesalingam family were at the center of a long-running immigration battle and spent four years in prison until they were released a few months ago.

In June, the new federal government allowed them to return to the small Queensland town of Biloela while their case was pending.

The Nadesalingam family have been granted permanent visas to stay in Australia. (Nine)

This afternoon, the Ministry of Home Affairs granted permanent visas to Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharnicaa – formerly known as the Murugappans.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles confirmed that the decision had been finally adopted.

“This government committed before the election that if elected we would allow the family to return to Biloela and resolve the family’s immigration status,” he said in a statement.

“Today the government has fulfilled that promise.

“This decision follows careful consideration of the complex and specific circumstances of the Nadesalingam family.

“I send my best wishes to the Nadesalingam family.”

It was a moment years in the making for the Sri Lankan family, made possible by the campaign of Biloela locals protesting their detention and attempted deportation in 2018.

The Murugappan family had been lives in prison since 2019, with much of that time spent on Christmas Island.

They were removed from their home in the Queensland town of Biloela and detained in 2018 when their visas expired.

Priya and Nades’ daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, were both born in Australia after the couple arrived in Australia by boat to seek asylum.

Priya and Nades are both Tamil, a group that has been persecuted in Sri Lanka.

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