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  1. There you go, back on track, and no damage done.
  2. Even though not strictly related and going a bit off topic, it's very useful information, and if such had been posted before I arrived here would have made my life much simpler. I'll add - don't forget Ambulance Cover insurance - in most states use of an ambulance can attract a big bill.
  3. Do also bear in mind that even being eligible for Medicare, any medications have to be paid for, some are very low cost, others are discounted to $40 (currently), so if your parents both require regular medication they could face quite a hefty bill each month. Opticians/dentists/hearing aids too which are not generally covered by Medicare can be expensive - I'm speaking of Victoria so it might be different in other States.
  4. I really do think you need help from an Agent if you are having so much difficulty right at the start of your visa journey. The price of instructing a good agent (like Alan) is a very, very small price to pay when you consider the cost of the application. Do bear in mind that the forms have to be submitted in the English language and if English is not your first language you could find this causing you great difficulty.
  5. Check here, https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/who-can-help-with-your-application/using-a-migration-agent On no account use anybody claiming to be a visa agent or specialist who is not registered.
  6. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/assurance-support/how-apply
  7. I'm not disagreeing with you, just that it appears new visa holders are able to enter Australia in spite of the present restrictions on travel, with no requirement that their journey is for the purpose of taking up permanent residence at this time (rather than making a validation trip) because they are classed as "residents". I am referring to an earlier post by Jellybean.
  8. Thank you. Yes, it changed from 2 to 4 years. It's a little confusing because it appears that new 143 visa holders are being classed as "residents' for the purpose of allowing travel into Australia during the current travel restrictions, even though they haven't previously validated or taken up permanent residence.
  9. Re: Commonwealth Seniors Health Card There is a four year qualification to obtain this Health Card, but I am unsure which date is the determining one - the date of the grant of 143 Visa; the validation date; or the date of arrival to take up physical residence. Does anybody know the answer please? Calling Centrelink is not something to be undertaken lightly at the moment!
  10. The relevant dates will be on your Visa Grant Notice. My Visa was granted on 20th December 2016, and I was required to make my initial arrival into Australia to validate the visa by 6th October 2017.
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  12. There's some general information on the BBC's website about temporary visas which might be helpful (but always best to check of course) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51969498
  13. Sadge

    Cost of Medication

    One of my medications the dose is 20mg tab per day - the Doctor gives me a script for 80mg tablets so I quarter them. Likewise, my 500mg tablet he writes script for 1000mg and I halve them.
  14. Sadge

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    My daughter is an Australian citizen with RA, and her medication costs a small fortune, to the extent she has to get special approval for her prescriptions. A lady I know got her visa even though she has RA as hers is a different type of RA and her medication was different. I think it likely that the type of medication you are on will form part of the assessment, not so much the condition itself.
  15. Hi, when I applied for the 143 Visa, I think the $10,000 bond was required to be held on deposit for five years, but the term was then doubled to 10 years. Does anybody know if the additional 5 year requirement applied retrospectively or only to those who applied after the change to 10 years?