Case Studies

Carer Visa

Annabel and her husband are Australian citizens living in Sydney. They approached IARC for assistance in sponsoring a relative to move to Australia as a carer for their profoundly disabled daughter who suffers from a rare genetic condition. This condition as well as developmental and behavioural disorders leave her unable to tend to the practical aspects of daily life such as eating, washing and dressing herself and she will need round the clock care for the rest of her life. Due to their age and their own medical conditions, Annabel… Read More

Annabel and her husband are Australian citizens living in Sydney. They approached IARC for assistance in sponsoring a relative to move to Australia as a carer for their profoundly disabled… Read More

LGBTI issues

Sebastian is a gay man from Kenya who experienced persecution because of his sexuality. Upon learning he was gay, his community including his own family threatened to kill him. Sebastian was imprisoned and tortured for being suspected of homosexuality before released and warned by the local police he would be subject to further imprisonment if he came to their attention again for homosexual behaviour. Sebastian escaped Kenya and travelled to Australia on a student visa, however his mental health deteriorated the closer the end of his stay in Australia became,… Read More

Sebastian is a gay man from Kenya who experienced persecution because of his sexuality. Upon learning he was gay, his community including his own family threatened to kill him. Sebastian… Read More

Family reunification

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… Read More

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… Read More

Family violence

Lee is a young woman who married an Australian citizen and was looking forward to moving to Australia and starting her married life. Her husband’s abusive behaviour began shortly after she arrived to Australia on a temporary partner visa. He was verbally and physically abusive and controlling towards Lee, especially after she became pregnant. Her husband controlled her food intake such that she experienced malnutrition and developed depression. Lee stayed in the relationship for as long as she did because in her culture, separated women are scorned and shunned. It was… Read More

Lee is a young woman who married an Australian citizen and was looking forward to moving to Australia and starting her married life. Her husband’s abusive behaviour began shortly after she… Read More

Family Violence

Alice contacted IARC because while she was visiting family in China she received a notice from the Department of Home Affairs that her husband had withdrawn sponsorship for her partner visa.  Alice came to Australia on a temporary partner visa to be with her husband.  Soon after she arrived her husband became abusive towards her. He would criticise and yell at her, often making her cry. She had to ask his permission before she could leave the house. He would control her and the money she spent. He tried to… Read More

Alice contacted IARC because while she was visiting family in China she received a notice from the Department of Home Affairs that her husband had withdrawn sponsorship for her partner… Read More

Re-uniting family

Francis is an Australian citizen who came to IARC seeking advice about bringing her sister to Australia for a visit from Nigeria. Francis has no family support in Australia and had a troubled history which included overcoming serious health issues and being a single mother to her young daughter. The tourist visa was originally refused by the Department of Immigration due to concerns that the sister would not want to return to Nigeria. We assisted Francis at review at the AAT, including preparing supporting documents to show that her sister… Read More

Francis is an Australian citizen who came to IARC seeking advice about bringing her sister to Australia for a visit from Nigeria. Francis has no family support in Australia and… Read More