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  1. Bridgeman

    804 or 864

    I am not sure what medication he was trying to get but my partner was treated for cancer and everything was covered by Medicare. Yes, you do have to pay for medication, but after two years here as a permanent resident you can apply for a Commonwealth Seniors Card which gives you access to prescriptions for around $6. You wouldn't get this though if you were on a bridging visa.
  2. Yes the family looked into that, but as Alan said flights are very expensive. plus she is not a great flyer! The new visa is a better option as she also wants to rent out her house in the UK to help cover some of the expense.
  3. Yes I agree. And of course, I don't blame parents for trying to get to Australia as soon as they can by any means they can. I am sure that immigration don't really care where the money comes from. I am just feeling for my friend for whom this may be the only opportunity to spend an extended time with her grandchildren.
  4. As I understand it there is no BOF test for the 807. So surely this would allow other parents to apply? If it were only for those applying for the 143 then wouldn't passing the BOF test still be a stipulation? I am seeing this from the point of view of a friend who is thinking of applying and who doesn't pass the BOF test, and wishes to spend time with grandchildren she hasn't seen for years. I see it more as an attempt to get parents to be more self supporting due to their high cost to Australia once they arrive here.
  5. I hate to be a party pooper but maybe they are thinking that it is very unfair for someone who has or is applying for a permanent parent visa to take up a place when there are those who wish to spend time with family in Australia who maybe don't qualify for a permanent visa due to the BOF test or who simply don't have the means.
  6. We have used these in the past and they have had several recommendations on here: https://www.sevenseasworldwide.com/en-au/baggage
  7. Bridgeman

    Aged parent visa

    Yes the information is here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-parent-temporary-173/balance-of-family-test The test is the same for all visas
  8. Bridgeman

    Older person moving to Oz

    Yes, sorry just realise the investor retirement visa has recently been closed. As I said it is always best to take advice from a qualified agent. However, I do know there is no balance of family test for the temporary 5 year visa.
  9. Bridgeman

    Older person moving to Oz

    Sorry forgot to post the link to the information on the temporary five year visa https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/italian/en/article/2018/11/29/new-five-year-temporary-visa-parents-grandparents-migrants-coming-2019
  10. Bridgeman

    Older person moving to Oz

    There is a new temporary 5 year visa for parents which will be available soon, which can be renewed for another 5 years I believe. Otherwise, maybe one of the investor retirement visas but they are very expensive. Others are right in that you do not qualify for a parent visa as you do not pass the balance of family test. Otherwise one of the long visitor visas may be suitable. As suggested it would be advisable to have an initial consultation with one of the reputable MARA registered agents who post on here such as Alan Collett.
  11. Bridgeman

    UPP on UK pension

    Sorry for the delay in replying, we have family staying so its bedlam here! She wrote to the Teachers Pension who were able to give us part of the information as they had service records from 1993 to 2004. She was able to get the missing recent information from her employer. Hope this helps. It is a bit hit and miss and I did read of someone on here who gave up as they couldn't get the information. We were lucky I think. You could try your employers. If you can get at least some of the information it might help. Good luck!
  12. Bridgeman

    UPP on UK pension

    Hi, yes I think that might have been me. As I understand it you need to find out what your own contributions to the pension fund were. Its early here so OH is still sleeping but I will be able to check paperwork later and get back to you.
  13. Bridgeman

    Parent VISA

    T he 103 is an offshore visa, ie they need to be offshore when they apply and they will not be given a bridging visa which will allow them to stay in Australia. There is also a long processing time for this visa. There is an onshore equivalent, the 804, and if they were eligible to apply they would be given a bridging visa after applying which would allow them to stay in Australia, but they would need to be 65 in order to apply for this and coming and going might be difficult. If they don't wish to emigrate permanently maybe one of the visitor visas would be ok for them. There is also a new temporary parent visa in the offing which would allow them to stay for up to five years. I am not sure what the rules would be regarding coming and going. As suggested it might be better to consult with one of the reputable agents who post on here.
  14. Bridgeman

    173 Parent Visa/Buying a house

    The information you need is here. https://firb.gov.au/resources/guidance/gn02/ As already mentioned you will need to be permanent residents to qualify for any kind of homebuyers grant, but you need to check out the rules for the state where you will settle as they do vary. For example, in Queensland you cannot get the grant if you have previously owned a house anywhere in the world.
  15. Bridgeman

    Parent temporary contributory visa subclass 173

    We applied for the 173 first and then went for the 143 once we were here in Australia. At the time we applied the processing time from the 173 to the 142 was about 6 months. The processing time is considerably longer now. I am not exactly sure how long but if you post in the main parent visa thread I am sure someone will be able to tell you. Also processing times seem to be getting longer and longer and there are certain advantages to being a permanent resident rather than a temporary resident. For example, the clock for various things that you may be entitled to only starts ticking once you become a permanent resident; you need to have been a permanent resident for 10 years before being entitled to claim an Australian aged pension.