Mikayla: I first met Daniel when he visited Bali six years ago.
Daniel: It was love at first sight…
Mikayla: (laughing) He’s always been a smooth talker!
Daniel and Mikayla have been in a long distance relationship ever since meeting back in 2009. Mikayla came to Australia on a tourist visa in 2011 and the couple married in Australia and had a small and intimate wedding.
Mikayla is HIV-positive. Daniel is not.
HALC is helping us with Mikayla’s partner visa, because the Department of Immigration requires extra legal submissions due to Mikayla’s HIV status before they will make a decision on the visa. We miss each other so much, but I cannot spend much time overseas as I take care of my elderly parents who live near me in Byron. I can’t wait until the day that I wake up and see Mikayla sleeping next to me. That will be a surreal and amazing feeling.
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