Blind musician who has lived in Adelaide faces deportation

A blind musician and volunteer who has become a fixture in the Adelaide community since moving to South Australia 10 years ago is facing deportation.

Han Wern David Lee, who has been blind since birth, moved from Malaysia to Australia in 2007, according to ABC.

The 34-year-old quickly enrolled in the University of Adelaide and earned his Certificate IV in Music before graduating with a Bachelor of Music Studies in 2010, according to a petition he filed with Change.org.

Now, a decade after he settled into his new home, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has ordered Mr Lee to leave.

Han Wern David Lee, a 34-year-old blind musician and volunteer who moved from Malaysia to Adelaide in 2007, is facing deportation

Han Wern David Lee, a 34-year-old blind musician and volunteer who moved from Malaysia to Adelaide in 2007, is facing deportation

Han Wern David Lee, a 34-year-old blind musician and volunteer who moved from Malaysia to Adelaide in 2007, is facing deportation

Mr Lee, who has been blind since birth, said he has been fighting his deportation since 2015 when his skilled migration visa expired.

‘In November 2016, the Assistant Immigration Minister wrote a letter asking me to go for health checks, police checks and all the final checks,’ he told ABC.

‘The police check came back … everything was fine, but in May this year a letter came back … saying it was not in the public interest to intervene.’

Although he was ordered to go by June 20, Mr Lee said he was finally granted a bridging visa extension so he has three more months to continue his fight against deportation.

The 34-year-old said he worked hard to become a member of the Adelaide community and didn’t know why he was not being considered for a permanent residency visa.

‘For the last 10 years, I haven’t been to Centrelink, I haven’t asked any government department for any handout,’ Mr Lee said.

Mr Lee has asked Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) to answer his request for a permanent residency visa

Mr Lee has asked Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) to answer his request for a permanent residency visa

Mr Lee has asked Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) to answer his request for a permanent residency visa

Mr Lee's petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has 13,071 signatures out of 15,000

Mr Lee's petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has 13,071 signatures out of 15,000

Mr Lee’s petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has 13,071 signatures out of 15,000

Mr Lee lives independently in a rented apartment, uses the city’s public transport and works as a music tutor when he’s not singing in a church choir or playing in his four-piece band – The Craic.

‘He has worked hard to integrate into Australian life and has done so very effectively,’ Mr Lee’s petition read.

‘He is a person of honesty and integrity who has never committed any criminal offences and has always complied with the law.’

Mr Lee has worked with the Australian Disability Sport Inc. since 2011.

‘David Lee is without question our most reliable and consistent fundraiser. He works five days each week and earns enough money to support himself,’ the group said in the petition.

‘David Lee is the backbone of our Adelaide based team.’

Mr Lee’s petition to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has 13,071 signatures out of 15,000.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Immigration for comment. 

 


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