Tiana is an Australian citizen, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Tiana was completely isolated as all of her family live overseas. She had not seen her family for many years, and was too sick to travel outside Australia. Tiana was especially worried that she had no one from her family who could perform the cultural end of life rituals that were important for her peace of mind. Tiana turned to IARC for assistance. IARC advised Tiana that a quick and expedient option was to lodge a tourist visa for her son so that he could visit and assist her to prepare for her passing.
IARC submitted ample evidence before the Department to support a successful application for Tiana’s son’s tourist visa, including submissions on the compassionate circumstances of the family situation. As a result, Tiana’s son was able to travel to Australia to be with his mother in her final days. Tiana’s son was able to perform the necessary rituals for Tiana which afforded her the dignity and compassion she deserved in her final stages of her life.