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Emotional family reunion after 25 years apart



A father and daughter have had an emotional reunion after being separated for more than two decades. 

Ambreen Ali has waited since she was 11 to hug her dad and today she finally got that moment at Melbourne Airport.

The IT specialist from Craigieburn grew up in Pakistan but while she was in boarding school, her father and mother moved to the US in hope of better work opportunities to support their young family back home.

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While waiting for his visa, Ambreen's father was unable to travel back to Pakistan to see her. She tried to move to the US but was unable to, instead moving to Australia 12 years ago.

After completing two diplomas, a bachelor and her masters in IT, Ambreen became an Australian citizen.

"My father was the only bread earner, he was supporting four families together," Ambreen said.

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He was eventually granted residency in the US but then COVID-19 happened, further delaying the reunion until today.

"It was the best thing ever, I can't tell you how I'm feeling now," Ambreen said.

Ambreen's father will spend the next 10 weeks in Australia and she has a very special celebration planned or his 70th birthday.

"Thank you Australia," she said. 

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