A refugee with a psychiatric illness who was granted a protection visa more than a year ago has still not been assisted by government subcontracted settlement service providers to apply for a carer visa to bring a family member over to be with him.

He wandered into a restaurant after 12 midnight because he was hungry and wanted a burger, but didn’t have more than $2 on him, got beaten up by two drunk men and was admitted to hospital. He came into our drop in centre with a bruised and swollen face and broken tooth. It is likely that even if the visa application was lodged this week, it would take another 2 years to bring down his family to help look after him.


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