Hassan* is a Hazara from Afghanistan. He fled persecution from the Taliban. As he came to Australia by boat, he cannot apply for a permanent protection visa. However, we have helped Hassan apply for protection in Australia by way of a temporary visa. He is still awaiting an outcome.
Although he feels relief now that he has applied for protection, he is also anxious because even if he is successful, it will only be temporary and he will have to repeat the process once his visa expires. In the meantime, Hassan has limited options to work and study in Australia and will not be able to be reunited with his wife and children, who remain unlawfully in Pakistan.
* Real names have not been used to respect the confidentiality of our clients.