Immigration officials have shattered an Otways family’s hopes of a reunion, telling them to take their baby on a 4000-kilometre trip for DNA testing.
Beech Forest’s John Andrew thought earlier this week that he had received a breakthrough in his months-long fight to reunite with his wife Zhanar and baby son Tomas, who have been stuck in Kazakhstan since Tomas was born in August via surrogate.
The Home Affairs Department told him last week that it was willing to allow the family to bring Tomas to Australia for DNA testing to prove he is John’s biological son, which could give him the right to Australian citizenship.
But in a bizarre backflip, government officials told the family on Wednesday to take five-month-old Tomas to another country for DNA testing before they will consider his application for citizenship.
Mr Andrew said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade suggested on Wednesday that Tomas have his DNA test in the Ukraine, Russia or China.
Mr Andrew said the backflip had devastated his family.
“They asked us to get Tomas a visa to bring him to Australia, they were going to do all the rest of the paperwork, including the DNA testing, in Australia,” he said.