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    PR application lodged + pregnant

    Hi ! Here’s an update on this topic now that I’ve gone through the motions and have the answer to my earlier questions My PR was (thankfully) granted in Dec 2018 which also meant I didn’t need to have another bupa medical assessment. Our baby boy was born in May 2019 (5.5 months later) and I received the full 18 weeks parental pay/maternity pay from the government via centrelink. As I had PR status by the time he was born, he is an Australian citizen. Happy to share any other experience if it’ll be helpful for anyone.
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    We use TunnelBear but is paid in USD. Works out to be $14 AUD a month. Hola is one I’ve heard of too.
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    PR application lodged + pregnant

    Hi there, I lodged my PR in Feb this year (visa 186) and current processing time is 14-15 months. I am pregnant and due in May 2019, which would be the ‘15th month’ of visa processing so being realistic, there’s a chance I may not have PR by the time baby arrives. I’m in full time work (457) and plan to be up until I give birth. Will I be entitled to the 18 week Centrelink maternity leave pay if I don’t have PR? I meet the other eligibility requirements online. Will I also need to go for another medical examination after Feb 2019? I completed this in Feb this year and I hear they’re only valid for 12 months. If anyone has had a similar experience, it would be great to hear from you and understand what happens. Thanks!