By the time he finished his essay, he had spent five hours talking to three people who had been rejected by the immigration department.
In the end, the Chinese visa was granted to Mr. Zhang, and he is now on his way to Australia.
The visa was issued by the department in 2013, after a year-long search that began with a survey of the Chinese community in Sydney.
Mr. Chang had hoped that the Chinese visas would be available for his relatives, his parents and younger siblings, who live in Singapore.
But it was not.
Mr, Chang was told that the department was waiting on the visa from the Chinese consulate in Singapore, which is in China.
After several months of waiting, the department finally granted Mr. Zhao’s visa last week, saying that it had determined that Mr. Shen, the father of his daughter, did not meet the criteria for a Chinese visa.
But he said he was surprised when he heard that the same department had rejected his application for a Disney visa.
“Why didn’t I get one of those?” he asked.
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