The release of a Pakistani man held by Australia for 1,490 days in immigration detention feels “like a dream”.
Norris Anis was released after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal found out that he should not have been denied a visa application based on its merits.
Anis, 33, has been in Australia since 2007, when he came on a student visa. In 2011, the visa was revoked for non-compliance, when he dropped out of his study to care for a partner who suffered from severe mental health problems.
He was denied a partner visa because he had committed criminal offenses during his period of homelessness, and had been in custody since October 2016.
But Anis was released from Villawood Detention Center on November 2, and the tribunal declared him not of bad character. He decided to talk about his release this week, with the approval of his lawyers.
“I was still in shock for the first few days,” he told the Guardian Australia. “I couldn’t sleep. It felt like a dream, and I would wake up and be locked up.”
“I’m just overwhelmed by the thousands and thousands of messages I’ve received from the Australian people. I don’t know how much I’ve done in my life to get so much love.
“I am just an ordinary person who has made mistakes in my life, and I am happy to support all of them.”
The tribunal’s vice-president, Peter Britten Jones, found that between 2010 and 2013, Anis’s partner was involved in the theft of perfumes, anti-depressants, sheets, and food items. Of serious circumstances
He found that in the 13 years he had lived in Australia, he had never been angry before, nor had he been arrested in 2016, nor could he be considered a bad character.
I have no interest in the role of the petitioner. On the contrary, I find him to be a good character, “said Brittany Jones.
“His guilt was not serious but, in any case, he has shown foresight and regretted his guilt.
If released, they pose no significant threat to the Australian community.
Nineteen, who regularly posted a blog while in custody Cash investigation into visa charges last year. At the moment, the Home Secretary, Peter Dutton, He was called a “convicted criminal.” In arguing some accusations.
The Home Department declined to comment on his case, saying it did not address individual issues.
The Human Rights Commission had earlier ruled that Anis’s detention was arbitrary, and the Pakistani High Commission had demanded his release after taking up the matter with Australian authorities.
Anis spent the last year of his detention in Villawood but spent time in most of Australia’s detention facilities, including Christmas Island.
He said that after the deaths of many people and the cruel and inhumane treatment in the immigration system, he planned to use his freedom to fight for the human rights of others.
While his application for permanent residence has been considered, he is looking for a new home in Sydney.
“I’m just enjoying the natural beauty of Australia after so many days in a cage,” he said. “Just sitting by a lake and a tree, it’s life for me.”
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