Mojgan Shamsalipoor, 24, has been living in Brisbane for the past nine months after being released from immigration detention.
Now, her supporters are back to square-one in their fight for freedom after the Department of Immigration gave Ms Shamsalipoor a "clear message" she has six months left in Australia before returning to Iran.
However, under an international agreement, Iran refuses to accept the involuntary return of asylum seekers.
Her lawyer Kevin Kardigamar said this could mean Ms Shamsalipoor could be sent back to indefinite detention.
Ms Shamsalipoor claimed she would risk torture or even death if she returned to Iran, and she has no intention of going back.
"For the Minister to fail to offer her certainty for her future, despite the groundswell of public support and most compelling reasons, shows total lack of compassion," Mr Kardigamar said.
"We know that at least for now, Mojgan can continue her life in the community with her husband.
"It would be the ultimate cruelty for Mojgan to be returned to detention and the community expects better than that."
The ABC has contacted Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office for comment and clarification as to whether Ms Shamsalipoor will be returned to detention.
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