Australian immigration authorities took more than three months to tell a Lankan refugee designated a security threat, that the United States had rejected his bid to join an uncle living in Texas - dashing his hope of escaping legal limbo in Australia.
Britain and the US have both now refused the government’s overtures to resettle three of the 51 recognised refugees held in detention, despite being home to relatives of the men.
The rejection highlights the plight of the 51 mostly Tamil refugees who are unable to return home but refused visas for release in Australia.
One of the men has been held in detention since June 2010 when he arrived on a boat at Christmas Island.
He was judged a refugee, only to be given an adverse security assessment by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
Two other men had asked to join their sister in Britain, but all three were advised on the same day they had been rejected.