Sydney, NSW 23rd Dec, 2015
We are very pleased that Australia has approved temporary Visa to student Hassan Asif’s family, allowing them to be with Hassan, who is suffering from a terminal stage Cancer, and has weeks to live.
Hassan came to Australia last year to study in a Melbourne University. He is currently in the care of Melbourne City Mission. He has no family or community connections in Australia.
(Pic by Mike Keating, News Corps)
(Pic by Mike Keating News Corps)
Immigration Minister, The Hon Peter Dutton MP outlined this Visa decision in a press conference today.
There was some suggestions yesterday that Hassan should have gone to Pakistan, instead of subjecting his family for the expenses in travelling to Melbourne.
I want to clarify that Hassan too did want this to happen, but due to his health, no airline was prepared to fly him to Pakistan.
I wrote a Post on this subject yesterday, appealing the authorities to treat this case with compassion and kindness.
There has been an extensive media coverage and a Change.org appeal too on this subject. Social media too played its role.
Our thanks are due to the Immigration Minister and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for their quick decision.
Dr Yadu Singh