Minh Duong was viciously bashed to near death by three neo-nazis. Studying in Melbourne, Minh was punched, stabbed and had a brick broken over his head so hard it broke in two — now while recovering and visiting his mum in Vietnam, his student visa has been suddenly cancelled.
Last week, Minh was travelling back to Melbourne for the start of uni when Immigration officials said his visa had been cancelled. Without letting him know, it seems they changed the expiry date of his student visa to a year earlier (it is technically still valid according to the documents) — meaning Minh was ordered to return to Vietnam immediately or be arrested. We’re still trying to figure out why.
I’m shocked and ashamed that our government could do this to him. After seeing the horrific news of Minh’s bashing on the news last year, I knew I had to help in any way I could. So I offered free piano lessons. Since then, I’ve been helping Minh recover from the trauma of being bashed through music. We hope to even have a concert back in Melbourne once his visa has been re-instated.
Minh is just one year away from finishing his Bachelor of Accounting. He has lived here with his brother for the last six years, loves uni and only missed classes just after the beating left him in hospital. All he wants to do is graduate this year, and start putting this shocking bashing behind him.
Every day, Minh still lives in pain. His cheekbone was smashed and he’s still missing teeth — he’s got dental work scheduled, but that needs him to be allowed back into the country.
Please sign my petition asking Scott Morrison to not allow this cruel visa cancellation to go through — and allow Minh to return to finish his studies in Australia.