Dying Pakistani man’s family granted visas

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has bowed to pressure and granted visas to family members of a Pakistani man who is dying in Australia.

Diagnosed with terminal cancer after coming to Australia as a student, 25-year-old Hassan Asif has been told he has only weeks to live.

Labor and the Greens had slammed the Immigration Department decision to deny visas to Mr Asif's mother and brother.

"For every compassionate Australian, it beggars belief what is now facing this man," Labor immigration spokesman Richard Marles told the ABC.

Mr Dutton told Sky News on Wednesday afternoon that the decision to refuse the mother a visa to see her dying son had been overturned and visas for the family had been approved.

Earlier in the day, Mr Dutton told reporters in Brisbane "the decision-maker in relation to this matter made the right decision on the information that I have available to me".

Greens immigration spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young had called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to intervene personally.

Mr Asif, who has been undergoing chemotherapy, is staying at the Melbourne City Mission youth homelessness refuge.



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