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  1. MaggieMay24

    491 eligibility

    That appears to be a very specific topic about claiming points for studying in Australia. That snippet goes on to say that this will not affect very many people. However if you think it may affect you, I'd suggest you speak to a registered migration agent.
  2. MaggieMay24

    Family balance test

    For the BOF test, there is no leeway. Regardless of whatever relationship exists/doesn't exist between the parent and child, they are still considered in the BOF test.
  3. MaggieMay24

    457 to 186 TRT

    Have you provided specialist reports to give enough detail about your son's condition and the costs/services he needs? Since you're applying through the TRT, there is the possibility of a health waiver although I wouldn't go through this without the aid of a good migration agent to improve your chances of success.
  4. MaggieMay24


    From what I understand of the DHS website, you may not be eligible for Medicare because a) you weren't living in the UK before coming to Australia so the reciprocal agreement doesn't apply to you and b) even though some PR applicants are eligible for Medicare, parent visa applicants are not. However depending on your residency status in NZ, you may be able to apply if you were entitled to remain in NZ for life.
  5. MaggieMay24

    How many times can I use an ETA in a year?

    Before I moved to Australia, I used an ETA 3 times within a similar timeframe as yours (Sept, Dec, May), and no questions were asked. But it's possible you will be questioned why so many trips in a short span of time. Usually their concern is whether you are complying with the conditions (no work) or will overstay.
  6. MaggieMay24

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

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  7. MaggieMay24

    Which council to choose if you live in 2 councils ?

    I'd go with the one shown on my driver's license.
  8. MaggieMay24

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    We're doing our best but will miss some things If we tidied up every off topic post though, we'd have to tidy the parent visa thread where there are numerous posts about transport companies (there is a shipping section for this topic), bank accounts (there is a money/finance section for this topic), etc.. But if posts don't interfere too much with the overall discussion, it's usually not too much of an issue.
  9. I agree that a consultation with a migration agent would be well worth it. A de facto relationship would require you to prove you have entangled your finances, your social lives, your households, etc. for the past 12 months prior to the application. While going on holiday together is a good start, you may have to consider whether your relationship is already progressed long enough to be considered de facto.
  10. MaggieMay24

    Form80 - MA to do it or us?

    I think it would be nearly impossible for a migration agent to complete form 80 on behalf of their clients. There's far too much detail that you'd need to gather and give to them, so it's simply more practical for you to complete it yourself.
  11. MaggieMay24

    I have 482 but I need to find a new job

    While you may find others who have successfully found a new sponsor after losing their job, it will likely be quite dependent on the occupation as employers may prefer to hire someone who already has unrestricted work rights. IT Project Managers are plentiful in Australia so yours may be a more difficult situation, so consulting a migration agent may be good to help see what options are best for you.
  12. MaggieMay24

    Passing away of newly arrived parent

    Sorry for your loss. Although a refund is possible if the applicant dies before the visa application is finalised, I'm not sure that you can get one after the visa is granted. It can't hurt to apply for a refund though, they can only say no.
  13. One visa application does not overwrite another. So both applications would be processed on their own merits. However the question DHA will assess is whether she meets the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria of the student visa when she's already submitted a parent visa application which essentially declares her intention to live in Australia on an ongoing basis. So it means they may consider her a higher risk of overstaying a student visa.
  14. MaggieMay24


    It's not a matter of opinion, it's a fact that due to very high numbers of people submitting EOIs and the system being a points-based one where the higher points are selected first, the competition is getting more fierce for the limited number of invitations.
  15. MaggieMay24

    482 VISA Change of Sponsor (Nomination)

    I wouldn't resign until after the transfer is completed, otherwise you may find yourself without any sponsor. From what I've heard, transfers are generally pretty quick so hopefully you will hear soon.