Mom-to-be’s partner refused permission to be with her for childbirth
Danielle Doulis is preparing to give birth on her own – as the father of her unborn baby is not allowed to enter the country to be with her.
Ms Doulis, 42, from Esperance, WA, has been in a relationship with Muksin since 2019 and said she was “broken” that he was not allowed to come to Australia – despite the fact that the female partners pregnant women are allowed to travel, according to the Australian Border Force website.
She visited him on several occasions – and was allowed to leave Australia to move to Lombok to be with him in October 2020, along with her son, Ashley, 17.
However, she returned home to Australia in March 2021 due to complications from her pregnancy.
Now she just wants him by her side when she gives birth, by Caesarean.
“We rented a house together when we were there, we have finances there to show that we are in a genuine relationship, and obviously the fact that you keep it a long distance shows that you are committed,” she declared.
“We have letters from doctors and things.
“What more can we provide them, besides a DNA test?”
“We also provided evidence to show that we were together at the time of conception.”
Ms Doulis said she had accepted that it was now unlikely that her partner would be allowed to travel, and that he would instead watch the birth on a video chat.
“I’m just a little broken really,” she said.
She said it’s not just emotional support, but practical support that she will also miss.
She won’t be able to drive after childbirth – and neither can her son.
“It’s a little intimidating,” she said.
“From a practical point of view, I need his help but also from an emotional point of view, he is his child.”
Ms Doulis was not told why their applications were rejected, and they also hired a professional visa company to apply.
Her partner has applied for a tourist visa and plans to stay in Australia by applying for a $ 8,000 partner visa once arrived.
As of the end of March 2020, only Australian citizens and permanent residents and their immediate families have been allowed to enter the country, with strict flight caps limiting the numbers and keeping tens of thousands of Australians stranded abroad.
While spouses may come from overseas to join their Australian husbands or wives, the rules keep many other people away from their partners.
Australian Border Force said it does not comment on individual cases.
A spokesperson said: “Persons holding temporary visas, who apply for a travel exemption on the basis of being an immediate family member must provide appropriate evidence of their relationship.
“The Australian Border Force Commissioner can grant an exemption to people seeking to travel on compassionate and compelling reasons.
Compassionate and compelling reasons include, but are not limited to, the need to travel due to the death or serious illness of a close family member. the last trimester of her pregnancy or otherwise due to giving birth.
“Travelers can apply for an exemption online and must provide appropriate evidence to support their claims.
“Applications can be finalized without further review if insufficient evidence is provided. “
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