New banking business act. is crowdfunding a Salvos Legal project. We hope to raise $11,500 to help a Bangladeshi man obtain a visa to stay in Australia with his Australian wife.
Abdul (not his real name) was forced to escape his homeland due to religious persecution, including torture, because of his Christian faith. He is now married to an Australian who suffers from a number of health problems and he is her full time carer. Last month, the Australian Government refused Abdul’s visa application for a partner visa because he has an upaid debt to the Commonwealth, arising out of court and tribunal applications he made when he sought a protection visa. Abdul and his wife have no capacity to pay this debt.
If we are able to raise the money to pay off Abdul’s debt, it is very likely that he will be granted a partner visa, allowing him to remain in Australia permanently with his wife and live his life free of torture and persecution.
We believe that Abdul deserves better than a simple rejection of his visa on financial grounds. He is a warm and gentle man, and a loving carer of his wife, who needs his full-time care. It would be unthinkable if they were separated and Abdul was forced to return to Bangladesh, a country he fled following persecution and torture.
The Help Abdul crowdfunding appeal was also featured in a recent article by Lawyers Weekly. Read that article here.