Visa rejected after man told his wife is his sister
All Daniel Tadese wants is to be with his wife and child.
But as his son Natnael prepares to mark his fourth birthday next week, there is no end in sight to the bureaucratic nightmare that has torn the family apart.
Mr Tadese, 48, is an Australian citizen of Ethiopian descent who has been living in Melbourne since 2007.
Immigration officials accept that the West Footscray man is the father of Natnael and have accordingly granted the child citizenship by descent.
Yet they have refused to grant Mr Tadese’s wife Genet Abebe a partner visa, solely on the basis of DNA testing undertaken in 2012.
The testing suggested the statistical likelihood of the couple being biological half-siblings, compared to unrelated individuals, is 66 to 1.
While Ms Abebe was pregnant with Natnael in 2014 the then Department of Immigration struck out her visa application, arguing the DNA results constitute ‘moderately strong’ evidence that the pair share the same mother.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Tadese maintains that this is impossible as their families live in different parts of Ethiopia and had never met before their marriage.