Hassan Asif came to Australia as a student before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Photo Husain Asif/Facebook Photo: SuppliedA terminally ill student who wanted to see his family one last time has had his request rejected by Australia’s immigration department.
Hassan Asif, 25, moved to Melbourne from Pakistan in 2014 on a student visa before being diagnosed with advanced skin cancer in April, according to the ABC.
His end-of-life carers told the university undergraduate in November that he had entered the terminal phase of his cancer and had just weeks to live.
Mr Asif appealed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to allow his mother and brother to travel to Australia and be by his side in his final days.
In an interview with the Daily Mail Australia, Mr Asif said that if he could speak with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton he would say: “This is my last days and I’m dying and I just want my family to be here with me.
“My mum is very sad – she cries a lot and just wants to be here with me during this time.”
But his eleventh hour plea has not been granted.
A spokesperson for the DIBP said in a statement: “The compassionate nature of the proposed visit by his mother and brother was considered, however, anyone wishing to visit Australia must satisfy Australia’s visitor visa requirements, including health, character and genuine temporary stay requirements.
“The likelihood of an applicant overstaying or seeking to remain permanently in Australia is also a matter that must be assessed. Particularly in compassionate circumstances, a decision-maker takes all of the facts of a particular case into consideration.
“In this case all of the facts have been taken into consideration and the decision maker has not issued the visa.”
The DIBP offered its sympathies and invited Mr Asif’s family to lodge new applications.
An earlier appeal for visas to the Australian High Commission in Pakistan had also been denied.
Mr Asif’s carers at the Melbourne City Mission youth homelessness refuge have pleaded to Mr Dutton to review the decision.
In a statement on its website, Melbourne City Mission said: “It is unconscionable that this young man – who has family – be allowed to die without a loved one by his side.”
Mr Asif’s oncologists have also appealed to the minister to allow their patient’s family to be by his side.
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