UPDATE: The family of a dying Pakistani student in Australia have been granted visas to visit him.
Hassan Asif, 25, came to Australia on a student visa, and has since been told he has only weeks to live.
His mother and brother were initially refused visas to visit him.
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“I’d asked the post in Islamabad to have a look at the case, to ask for additional information. That’s happened and the visas have been approved,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told Sky News on Wednesday, less than half an hour after facing the media on the matter.
EARLIER: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says it’s likely the family of a dying Pakistani man will be granted visa to visit Australia, but admits his department needs more information.
25-year-old Hassan Asif came to Australia on a student visa but has since been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and told he has just weeks to live.
His mother and brother have been refused visas to be with him.
Mr Dutton says it was the “right decision” based on the information that was provided.
“I think with further information and a subsequent application I think (it) can be dealt with fairly quickly and hopefully the mother and brother can come to Australia sooner rather than later,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday.
The minister has asked Australian officials in Islamabad to look into the issue.
He said the “decision-maker” has to weigh up whether or not somebody coming to Australia is likely to make a claim for protection or stay at a cost to the taxpayer.
Despite the post in the Pakistani capital closing over Christmas, he is hopeful the matter will be dealt with “fairly quickly”.
Labor has called on Mr Dutton to overturn the visa decision.
Opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles has described it as “disgraceful and heartless”.