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      457 Visa - Medical Costs - Who Pays?

      Landed a job in Melbourne with a 457 visa with a respectable International company.

      I opted out of the relocation package as it meant a reduced salary.

      However, I am not getting the best first impressions from them.
      In my contract (which I have signed and sent there was no mention of the visa costs, however the company have paid a migration agent who has just lodged my application with Sydney Immigration.

      I paid 200 (standard fee I believe) for both myself and my partner and the courier costs for medical chest x-rays. I was hoping to be reimbursed these costs.

      I quote from one of his emails I received after he had received my contract:

      "With regards to visa costs they will be covered by XXXX. We will
      also instruct our Migration Agents to apply for a visa for your partner at
      our expense and your partner will have unrestricted work rights while you
      are employed with XXX
      So I emailed him after my medical to ask if I would be reimbursed my medical costs to which he responded:

      In relation to your questions below, we do not have a practice of reimbursing personal medical costs for X-rays etc.
      What would you advise? Bare in mind I think this will be my future boss so not sure if I want to already get on his bad side but at the same time Id like to challenge it just for the principle that I think Im in the right?

      Its not about the money, its more the principle - im just beginning to get the feeling that they arent treating me quite as nicely as I was hoping.

      Would be interested to hear your opinions and if other people on 457 visas dealt with medical expenses.
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      Quote Originally Posted by jakc View Post
      Landed a job in Melbourne with a 457 visa with a respectable International company.

      I opted out of the relocation package as it meant a reduced salary.

      However, I am not getting the best first impressions from them.
      In my contract (which I have signed and sent there was no mention of the visa costs, however the company have paid a migration agent who has just lodged my application with Sydney Immigration.

      I paid 200 (standard fee I believe) for both myself and my partner and the courier costs for medical chest x-rays. I was hoping to be reimbursed these costs.

      I quote from one of his emails I received after he had received my contract:



      So I emailed him after my medical to ask if I would be reimbursed my medical costs to which he responded:



      What would you advise? Bare in mind I think this will be my future boss so not sure if I want to already get on his bad side but at the same time Id like to challenge it just for the principle that I think Im in the right?

      Its not about the money, its more the principle - im just beginning to get the feeling that they arent treating me quite as nicely as I was hoping.

      Would be interested to hear your opinions and if other people on 457 visas dealt with medical expenses.
      Your oh goes on your visa anyway so thats BS talking about payin for her visa

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      We've got a 457 visa and we paid for our medicals and xrays. There is 6 of us on one application - only paid one fee for the visa application - Yorkshire Pom is correct - they didnt pay any extra to have her included on it. We did not receive a relocation package - we have swallowed all the fees.
      Was it ever mentioned specifically that they would cover medical costs - or just visa costs?
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      the only evidence I have of the visa costs are in that quote "With regards to visa costs they will be covered"

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      Quote Originally Posted by jakc View Post
      the only evidence I have of the visa costs are in that quote "With regards to visa costs they will be covered"
      I suspect it means literally that - "visa costs will be covered". Did you no that you and your partner had to have xrays? Did you assume xrays were to be included when you signed the contract? In hindsight perhaps you should have checked before to clarify. Sorry but I think you have to swallow it. I dont think your employer was deliberately trying to confuse you - it does what it says on the tin so to speak - visa costs will be covered.

      If you feel a little awkard about the situation, maybe send a lightheated email to your employer explaining your confusion, im sure it will be forgotten about in a blink of an eye.

      Good Luck.

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      i think ill just leave it at that.
      The emails have not been tense, ive just copied quotes from them - other than that they are very friendly. Thanks for the advice, im glad I didnt hastily reply asking again for the reimbursement.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jakc View Post
      Landed a job in Melbourne with a 457 visa with a respectable International company.

      I opted out of the relocation package as it meant a reduced salary.

      However, I am not getting the best first impressions from them.
      In my contract (which I have signed and sent there was no mention of the visa costs, however the company have paid a migration agent who has just lodged my application with Sydney Immigration.

      I paid 200 (standard fee I believe) for both myself and my partner and the courier costs for medical chest x-rays. I was hoping to be reimbursed these costs.

      I quote from one of his emails I received after he had received my contract:

      So I emailed him after my medical to ask if I would be reimbursed my medical costs to which he responded:

      What would you advise? Bare in mind I think this will be my future boss so not sure if I want to already get on his bad side but at the same time Id like to challenge it just for the principle that I think Im in the right?

      Its not about the money, its more the principle - im just beginning to get the feeling that they arent treating me quite as nicely as I was hoping.

      Would be interested to hear your opinions and if other people on 457 visas dealt with medical expenses.
      Hi,
      My hubby and I are going to Perth on a 457 sponsored visa, company have paid for everything APART from medicals (theres 4 of us), I think this is standard practice, although I may be wrong! We were just appreciative that they'd sorted the visa, whereas if we'd have gone on a 175 or any other independant visa we'd have been paying 2000 plus.

      Sarah
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      E-visa (457) submitted 6-11-08 Meds 28-11-08-----VISA GRANTED 6-1-08!!! FLIGHTS BOOKED ONE WAY TO PERTH 24-01-09!!!!!!

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      we are paying for our own medicals - seems standard.
      they have paid for other things for you (be grateful for that) some employers dont even pay for that!!

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      Quote Originally Posted by sarahjustwishing View Post
      Hi,
      My hubby and I are going to Perth on a 457 sponsored visa, company have paid for everything APART from medicals (theres 4 of us), I think this is standard practice, although I may be wrong! We were just appreciative that they'd sorted the visa, whereas if we'd have gone on a 175 or any other independant visa we'd have been paying 2000 plus.

      Sarah

      Youll still have to pay for a pr visa or are you intending to return after 4 years or if the company cuts ties

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      PR visa ill worry about nearer the time.
      Company has verbally told me that when the time comes they may extend the role.
      Ill blag something.

     

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