SHARA ISHVALDA: “It’s hard to talk about what’s happening now, it’s hard.
I have to be honest.”
Shara Ishilda, 26, says her husband and father-in-law, a former military man who is now a taxi driver, are living in a caravan near the border with China, as he awaits the court’s decision on his application for residency.
“It was really hard because I wanted to get to Australia and be with my children and my husband, but I couldn’t do that, so I’ve decided to move out,” she said.
“Now I just want to go back home, I’m not going to live here any more.
Shina’s going to China, and I want to be with them.”
The couple moved into the caravan in 2015 and, for months, they watched as their lives unfolded in China.
Mr Ishiadas visa application was refused.
It was a decision he said was out of his control.
He said he was told his visa was “not accepted”, but that the Immigration Department had no authority to refuse visas.
‘I can’t go back’ He said his wife had a boyfriend, and had left the country for several months because of financial problems.
But his wife told him he was being detained by Chinese authorities, and was worried about him.
She said she was in a “state of panic”.
“I’ve had to give up everything,” she told The World Today.
The Chinese consulate told The West Australian they had no jurisdiction over Shara’s application.
I can only say that the situation is very, very stressful for me, Shara says.
Mr Arehvadalas application was rejected again.
In April this year, Shina travelled from China to Australia to attend a wedding.
That trip is now on hold.
When Shara left her home in a remote area of China, she said she felt “unstable”.
She left her husband, who she had not seen for a year, and she had to take the children on a road trip to get them to school.
“[It was] a little difficult,” she says.
“I was sad because I thought I was going to be able to move back home and I didn’t have a choice, but now I can’t.
What do I do now?
I’m afraid to go home.”
After the wedding, Mr Arehvalas family moved into a home with his wife and children, and Shara returned to Australia in June.
Now she is on a bus trip to visit her parents in Perth.
Ms Ishialda is not happy about her situation.
Her family is from a small town in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where a large number of Uighurs are persecuted and where there is an Islamic state.
They are a minority group, and their rights are severely restricted.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said the government will pursue the case, and that the authorities will ensure the family gets the “necessary legal advice”.
In an interview with The West Australia, Ms Ishiardas family’s lawyer, Peter Bancroft, said Ms Ishvala would not be granted an exit visa for Australia, and asked why the Chinese government could not issue a travel warning.
A visa issued by China would have allowed Ms Isheralda to go to China and meet her children.
We will be able go to Australia without visas, Peter said.
“We are not asking for anything else.
We are asking that they tell us how they will handle the situation and that they will respect our rights.”
Mr Bancrot said the family was considering moving to Australia, but they had received no official guidance on that.
Read more:Chinese officials say they will investigate whether Mr Ishaldas application for a visa was properly processed.
An Immigration Department spokeswoman said the department was aware of the issue and was taking steps to resolve the matter.