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Who can get Reciprocal Health Care ?

Australia’s Medicare system is a publicly funded universal health care system. It provides essential medical treatment to Australian Citizens and permanent residents. They are entitled to subsidised treatment from medical practitioners, eligible midwives, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals who have been issued a Medicare provider number, and can also obtain free treatment in public hospitals. If you come to Australia on certain temporary visas (including on a student visa), you will be required to have private health insurance to cover you for…

Partner Visas – Advantage of Lodging the Application Overseas

In the past year or so, there has been an explosion in the number of people deciding to lodge their partner visa applications in Australia. As a direct result of this explosion, the onshore DIBP partner visa processing times have blown out to approximately 16 months for the 820 visa and 16 months for the 801 visa. That means you could be waiting well over three years to be granted permanent residence if you lodge your application in Australia. Every…

Travelling Overseas After Applying for a Partner Visa

If you have applied for a partner visa (subclass 820) while you were in Australia, then it is important to understand that you must actually be inside Australia in order for your visa to be granted. If you were in Australia and held a working holiday visa, 457 visa, visitor visa or other type of “substantive” visa when you lodged your partner visa application you should have been granted a Bridging Visa A (BVA). If you submitted your partner visa…