WEB DESK: A decision to deny a dying Pakistani student’s family a visa has been overturned by Australian immigration officer, BBC reported.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the mother and brother of Hassan Asif would be granted visas to Australia.
Asif was studying architecture at a university in Melbourne when he was diagnosed with terminal skin cancer in July.
His case attracted wide media attention after he made an emotional plea to see his family before died.
Asif told news media on Tuesday night that it was difficult to face the prospect of death without his family around him..
“I’m dying and it’s really hard because of the pain. In these circumstances everybody would like to be with family,” he said.
At an earlier press conference, Dutton said that visas to Asif’s family were denied previously because immigration officials consider several factors including, the likelihood applicants might overstay their visa or make a claim for protection.
“In some cases that can result in millions of dollars of expense to the taxpayer,” he said.
“It may mean that somebody is here on welfare for an extended period of time so the consideration has to be in the national interest.”