‘Feel like I’m living on death row’: refugees forced to choose between visa limbo or family separation

Elika, 41, and her nine-year-old daughter, Avin, are refugees who arrived in Australia by boat and cannot settle here. Their only option for permanent resettlement is in the US as refugees, under the deal struck between the Australian and American governments.

It’s a chance at a new life, and an end to the rolling limbo of bridging visas in Australia, but comes with a catch – separation from her husband.