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    Medical tomorrow and Covid Myocarditis

    By way of an update, I declared the Myocarditis and that I am in recovery and honestly answered all doctors questions. All other health checks were passed and the Department has accepted the health exams, provided the clearance with no further action required.
  2. I have my medical for permanent residency tomorrow (I am onshore in Australia) and I have also just been discharged from a week in hospital! After a week it was confirmed that I am recovering from a bout of Myocarditis brought on by recent Covid. During the tests I underwent I had a loop recorder implanted under my skin to record my heart rate. Given the cardiologist is content this will clear up like a flu, and will not continue to be a chronic condition, will this have any bearing on how my medical will go? Otherwise I am fit and healthy. I don’t want them to get weirded out thinking I have a heart condition!
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    Any updates here? My partner is a social worker, lodged EOI over 2 years ago with no invite to apply. When it expired she lodged it again and was invited to apply within a month. Only happened last week.
  4. Read the findings here which were tabled in Parliament on Monday: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Migration/SkilledMigrationProgram/Report_2 Includes a pathway to PR for 482 visa holders on the short term list. (I fall into this group... excited if they push these changes through!) News report here summarising key points: https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/push-to-give-skilled-migrants-and-foreign-students-a-clearer-pathway-to-australian-permanent-residency/news-story/1dc6196d4d0034348082ac989d9a4fd7 Any experts here know the timeframe or the likelihood of any of these changes being pushed through?
  5. I went through this recently with my partner who's mother passed away from an illness rather quickly requiring an urgent trip. We made the tough decision for me to remain as my skills are not on the priority skills list (PMSOL). She's an essential worker and we supplied a strongly worded letter from her employer as part of the exemption request stating this. She got the exemption approved and travelled, and I remained. It was only approved on the basis that she was an essential worker. Collect as much documentation as you can. I reached out to my local MP stating our situation and kindly wrote a letter supporting the exemption being granted.
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    Temp visa holders, sick parent at home

    By way of an update, our worst fears came true and my partner had to travel urgently home before we could get the travel exemption approved. However we got the exemption approved (thank god, a small win that will give some comfort after this awful period for her family). Built the case around her critical skills with a strongly worded letter of support from her employer saying she was essential. Wrote to local MP who kindly provided a letter of support to include. Included a detailed and well written cover letter too (you are limited to only 200 words in your justification). If there are any Irish people here too, the Irish Support Agency in Sydney also offered some invaluable advice.
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    Temp visa holders, sick parent at home

    Thank you all for the input so far. It sounds like it could be a roll of the dice if our worst case scenario comes to be. We will easily oblige with any quarantine requirements at our own cost. Perhaps naively, we are operating in the belief that I (as the main visa holder currently with him as my defacto) will remain in Australia as the “anchor” to hold our life down. Also, not sure if it has any bearing but my partner while he has a visa also qualifies as being one of the priority skills as a social worker.
  8. Fiancé’s father is very sick at home, expecting an update soon and bracing for the worst. Together 9 years and my partner is defacto on my visa. If he gets “the call” to return home - what are the options? Would strongly prefer we both travel but I’m prepared to stay put if it might help him get back into the country. We don’t want to leave Australia, we love our lives here and plan to apply for PR in the next few months when my employer invites me to. This situation is causing us great anxiety
  9. Update: still waiting. All paperwork lodged and market testing occurred.
  10. Thanks Raul. I work for a very large multinational so I’m presuming that they may be accredited considering they sponsored and relocated me from overseas originally. I do know that they need to test the labour market for 28 days and also that my role is Sales and Marketing manager. Not sure what bearing that might have on timelines.
  11. Hi all, I recently received a promotion in work and as a result my title will be changing from an individual contributor to a manager. At the last minute I've been thrown a curveball by my employer stating that this must all change on my visa paperwork and I cannot start in the role until the changes are reflected. We will be using our work immigration lawyers to facilitate this change. Question: Does anyone know how onerous the process is and what the approximate timelines look like? Thank you!
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    Possible to move from 457 to WHV?

    Thanks for the reply. Will my 457 remain unchanged for its duration since this is what I have since October 2017?
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    Possible to move from 457 to WHV?

    Hello, I came to Australia sponsored by my employer on a 457. I’ve since discovered that I’m really not enjoying the job, however if I leave the role within 1 year then I’ve to pay back a prorated portion of the relocation package. I plan to see the job through to October when I wouldn’t owe anything. My question is - what are my options if I leave my employer? How long do I have to find new employment and transfer my sponsorship? Or is it possible to take out a WHV if I leave be job in October? Thank you