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Lizzywills

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  1. Hi everyone I'm hoping someone here may have some knowledge and advice....My husband and I are looking to emigrate under skilled migration, we pass points test, very positive meeting today with our proposed migration agent... However we realise that the medical assessment needed involves an eye test, and this also includes fundoscopy (which looks at the back of the eye) My husband has an eye condition which is progressive. He was diagnosed with it 14 or so years ago during a routine eye test for his glasses. No cause for concern before this point, it was a huge surprise as he had not noticed any change in his vision. It is where pigment appears on the retina which worsens over time There is no known treatment, and no cure. There are certain things you can take which have been proven to slow its progression (which he does take). In severe cases, people can have seriously impaired vision. My husband however is one of the 'lucky' ones, and hasn't been seriously affected by this so far. Since he was diagnosed: - the progression of his disease has been very VERY slow (compared to some with this condition who have it from childhood)- minimal changes each year, it is not going to get better however - He needs no visual aids or assistance to live his life independently and actively - It does not impair his capacity to do his job - In the forseeable future, based on his medical history thus far and opticians monitoring - he has yearly eye examinations to monitor it - he won't need any assistance to live an independent life We are concerned as you can imagine that this condition will mean we are refused a visa on health grounds. He does not have a condition which poses a threat to the people of Oz, he is not going to be a financial cost for Oz (there is no treatment), he can still do his job.... At the moment we are very very early in this process but we don't want to spend the £10k going through this visa process is there is a chance of us being refused at the final hurdle. I'm conscious that this retinal pigment will be picked up his eye test, the panel doc here in the UK will state it's 'abnormal' and 'further testing' is needed.... Our migration agent has recommended that we have a private consultation with a former panel doc in Manchester which he recommended (who doesn't do Oz medicals anymore but still does NZ ones), to see what he says, before we progress any further. He is not an ophthalmologist however, and probably won't know much about this condition. So should we try to find an ophthalmologist who can help? We can always ask the one who does my husband's current testing, we would need to anyway I'm sure in order to take a full report to a panel doctor if we had submitted our visa application. He would confirm my points above: Very slow progression, doesn't impact daily life, can still do his job etc - which I assume is what the MOC/DIAC want to know. Would we be able to go to him for the 'further testing' if needs be when the time comes, or does it have to be someone of the DIAC choosing? I've searched for cases of others who have eye conditions in terms of visa approvals but have had no joy. Can anyone give us some advice please? I know we can't get an idea of what the MOC/DIAC would say (we can't even apply for an early medical to see if we're wasting our time) as they take into account your personal diagnosis.... Does anyone know of an ophthalmologist in the UK who has given them advice? And when considering implications financial and community services wise, when looking at an applicant's health condition, does anyone know how far in advance does the MOC/DIAC look?? Based on my hubby's history so far (14 plus years since diagnosis), we can safely say the slow progression will continue...but we cannot assume or predict anything with this condition....it affects everyone so very differently! Am I right in understanding that when looking at health issues, the MOC/DIAC can only consider the next 5 years or so, and only provable facts (ie. Mr xx WILL need hospital treatment/community care/ etc) - not assumptions? As we can't say (and any ophthalmologist will say the same) exactly how this is going to progress....we don't have a crystal ball!!! I'm so so sorry for the long post. Anyone who has got this far...I thank you for bearing with me. As you can imagine this has been whirling around our heads today since our meeting this morning.
  2. Hi all My in-laws are planning to join us ASAP. We have been looking at both Contributory Aged and Non Contributory Aged routes. They are aged 70 and 71. We thought we were pretty set on Contributory, but having looked at it again, we're not sure! As far as we know (and please set me straight if any of this is wrong) on the Non Contributory they get: - Bridging visa whilst waiting for grant (which we know will never happen, so they effectively spend their life on bridging visa) - They get reciprocal healthcare via UK agreement with Oz whilst on bridging visa - including access to PBS (although prescriptions not as cheap as if they were residents and not 'visitors' on a Bridging visa) - Cost is much much less than Contributory! It's only the certainty that appeals for Contributory. They wouldn't even get Medicare and full PBS until 2 years after grant, so given waiting list for Contributory they'd be looking at 5-6 years of paying anyway. What are everyone's thoughts? Anyone been through this?? Contributory would use up a massive amount of the money they do have. Thanks guys, any advice appreciated as we're going round in circles.
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    Contributory Parent - Aged

    Thanks for your response! Yes, we know that they can't travel out once the bridging visa kicks in. Hopefully the processing times won't be too long by the time we apply but thanks for the heads up. Really useful info.
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    Contributory Parent - Aged

    We will have been here 2 years by June 2017, when we plan to apply for a Contributory Parent Visa for my in laws. The question is, can they come and live with us here whilst they wait for it to be processed? They do fall under the 'Aged' category. I believe it's possible (technically) for them to come out on subclass 651 (3 month) tourist visa to visit us (which they have done regularly, it also doesn't have a no further stay as a condition), and then 'decide' to stay permanently? So applying onshore for an 864 Contributory Aged when they are here....which means bridging visa whilst they wait for processing? However, I'm mindful of the rules/purpose of the visitor visa in terms of it being to visit us/holiday. Which they would be doing anyway. And also, is the 3 month 651 the best option? Would a bridging visa come through in time if they 'decided to stay?' I'd welcome any advice.
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    Migrating an aged cat?

    Hi everyone We are planning to emigrate to Sydney in 2015, unsure about taking our cat with us. She will be roughly 16 when we go...in good health. Has anyone got experience of taking a cat this old on such a journey? Are there also any restrictions in NSW regarding cat curfews? Any advice/stories appreciated....thanks all in advance
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    189 Visa Lodged Gang

    Based in Warrington, Cheshire - we used an agent in Sydney (George Lombard) and occupation we are emigrating under is Accountant (General)
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    189 Visa Lodged Gang

    Visa grant today! Timeline on signature below
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    189 visa April gang

    We got a case officer on 6 June! I'll update my timeline.
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    189 visa April gang

    We got our visa grant today!!! Email this morning from our agent, then a personal call from our agent George to congratulate us all the way from Sydney. We are so thrilled, it's like winning the lottery!! Good luck to all those waiting.
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    189 May 2014 lodge gang

    Don't worry about CSE and O Levels - they wouldn't be concerned with these as these qualifications aren't something they'll be familiar with. It's only high level education they will be concerned about apparently!
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    189 visa April gang

    Ah I have absolute faith in our agent, I'm not concerned! He will sort it with the CO. Hopefully we will hear good news soon - congrats to you Drpob!!!
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    189 visa April gang

    Email from our agent this morning - we have a case officer Team 02, GSM Adelaide.... ...Who promptly requested evidence of hubby's educational qualifications - ie. his ACCA. Which has already been provided and uploaded (ACCA/FCCA certificates, full transcripts). I think we have been allocated a case officer who has never dealt with an ACCA-qualified accountant from the UK before! Our agent is going to explain what all the info is that we have provided - he said as ACCA isn't a university degree that's prob where the confusion has come from. They also requested our Form 80s (again already uploaded by agent) and 'evidence of health' - our medicals were completed 22.5.14 so will be uploaded already. I wonder if it's common that they ask for things they already have...!! At least we have progress
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    189 visa April gang

    Wow that's quick! Congrats doudoustlu!!
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    189 visa April gang

    Hi all So I asked our agent for a progress update today - they said they've not heard anything about us being allocated a case officer, and that apparently there is a backlog of skilled migration visas as they come up to financial year end (??) so it may be a few weeks?!! Bit weird considering that folk in the May 189 thread appear to have case officers already....I am thinking that we must have too. I hope so!
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    189 May 2014 lodge gang

    Hi guys I'm not officially 'May' gang as we lodged on 10 April...but my agent said today that they'd not heard anything about us getting a case officer...and that there's a backlog of skilled visa applications as they come up to financial year end..!! Whether they just can't tell if we have got a case officer or not I don't know. But everything is loaded now, we did our medicals last week which was the final thing, so we are just waiting on news of a grant or any news really that things are progressing. Good to see that some of you in this group have case officers, it gives me hope that we have too perhaps! Good luck everyone.
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    ACCA member skill assessment

    Hi Ashftc Yes, as Alan says full ACCA membership is the equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree. ACCA alone was enough in its own right, without a degree, we had a positive skills assessment from the CPAA. Just make sure that if you have any exemptions in terms of the ACCA papers you have sat, that you get proof of passing those. My hubby had done some parts years before with CIMA and so was exempt when he sat ACCA, we had to then get an exam transcript from CIMA as well as ACCA.
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    189 visa April gang

    We had our medicals today, it was good fun actually!! Dr Million said we'd hear over the weekend if anything untoward was found, otherwise they'd be uploaded ASAP. Hubby's will be referred cos of existing medical condition, but he said that shouldn't delay things by more than a week. Hopefully we all hear good news soon!
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    Etihad airways

    I have flown to Sydney with Etihad from Mcr, they were brilliant. They have Flying Nannies now (didn't have these when I flew with them) to help with the kids, they have special kids meals in animal boxes (my daughter had a pear mouse with a chocolate tail etc, it was brilliant!)...we are flying with them again in Dec. Highly recommend them.
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    189 visa April gang

    Yes, some ppl who front load only hear something when they get their visa grant! So likely we all have CO's by now and they're just cracking on with it. We may only hear from them if there's something outstanding (or in our case not at all, they will liaise with our agent in Sydney!) Wish every one of you in the April gang swift success
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    189 visa April gang

    By 22/5/14 I mean that is when the medicals are booked for...and by 'all documents uploaded' I mean all the other things like Form 80 etc. The medicals are the only thing outstanding I will change my signature so it is not confusing....
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    189 visa April gang

    Yes!! We are planning to see Dr Million at Bridgewater, I've heard they're really nice there, hope so as we have a 2 year old, a 6 year old and a 9 year old....thanks for the reassurance....wow great news about your CO, so it looks like things are definitely on now! Oo-er..!!!
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    189 visa April gang

    Thanks! Our agent hasn't advised we have a CO yet, apparently tho the CO's have 2 weeks to let you know they have started on your case, so we could have one...just not know yet. We also sent through Form 80 to our agent this morning. So it's just medicals now. Good luck to you too Alonsd (ps you are only down the road in St Helens - we're in Warrington LOL! This forum is a small world...!!)
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    189 visa April gang

    We submitted our application 10 April. Specialist report currently being drafted for existing medical condition - booking medicals in the next week or so. Good luck everyone!
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    'Specialist' report - medicals - who can write?

    Yes thanks wrussell we have the 'plan' of what the report will need to contain..we are now awaiting a reply from an ophthalmologist our optometrist knows to see if she can see us (hopefully outside of dreaded NHS waiting lists - willing to pay to go private!). The issue is that optometrists are not 'qualified' to comment on prognosis...even though ours will have a very good idea of where it's heading and can comment authoritatively. MOC may simply not accept it because of the difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist training.
  25. Hi all So we need to take a letter with us to our medicals outlining my hubby's eye condition, prognosis etc. The issue is that since diagnosis he's always been under the care of an optometrist. Not an opthalmologist (eye specialist). Our optometrist has all the equipment including very latest technology, and has done all the necessary visual testing every year, for the past 14 years. He knows my hubby's history and progression of his condition inside out. But I'm not sure whether MOC will accept his opinion given that he's not an 'ophthalmologist'. We are at the moment trying to clarify with our Panel Drs in Manchester whether his opinion is enough, but has anyone any experiences personally? It's so frustrating. We could try and find a private ophthalmologist but they'll literally be looking at his latest tests and forming an opinion, it won't be anywhere near as informed as that of our optometrist. Any guidance much appreciated, Thanks all in advance for keeping me sane on this....
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