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Love birds to move to India if Aussie Govt turns blind eye

Atang Hangsingh with his girlfriend Kiah Fewquandie-Woodall, who are applying for permanent residency so they can stay together in Australia. Photo: Contributed
Atang Hangsingh with his girlfriend Kiah Fewquandie-Woodall, who are applying for permanent residency so they can stay together in Australia. Photo: Contributed Contributed

ATANG Hangsingh moved to Australia to study, but never imagined he'd meet the love of his life.

Atang was living in a college in Brisbane, when a Rockhampton girl caught his eye.

The 24-year-old met Kiah Fewquandie-Woodall in 2009 at university and the pair has been love-struck ever since.

But the pair, who plan to get married one day, have hit a hurdle in their love story.

Atang, who's originally from India, may be forced out of the country.

After applying for a partner's visa to be able to stay with Kiah, it was rejected by the Australian Government.

The pair now have to prove on paper and to the Australian Government that their love is real, in order for them to have a future together.

"It was last year, my first application was refused on the grounds that immigration didn't believe Kiah and I were in a genuine relationship," Atang said.

"They gave me one week to leave the country or two weeks to apply for a review.

"We didn't know what we had to show on paper that we're in a relationship."

It was never Atang's intention to seek a partner's visa when he first came to Australia.

"I didn't even know there was a partner's visa," he said.

"I just fell in love with (Kiah)."

The pair have lived together since moving out of college, have been together four years, and visit Kiah's family together in Rocky - but that's not enough.

"We've been collecting receipts together, notes she's written me, gifts, emails, letters and photos," Atang said.

Atang has even given up visiting his home country to see his family, so he doesn't jeopardise his current application.

Kiah, 23, says she'll move to India with Atang if he's forced out of the country.

"If it ever comes to the stage where I have to leave, she said that she'll come with me, but it's not that simple," Atang said.

"I'd love her to come back with me, but it's very different (in India).

"I love this country, it's given me opportunities and I came here as a student to study and managed to find the love of my life.

"I found someone who I want to spend my life with, you can't find that very easily.''

You can hear the smile in Atang's voice when he talks about Kiah, a man who's given up his home and being close to family to come here and find "a wonderful person to be with".

The couple are in the middle of their application process and are hoping to hear progress on their situation in the coming weeks.

Topics:  australian government, india, study, visa




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