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  1. Hi, its New Years Eve here in Yorkshire, the perfect time for reflection & planning ahead (!). Sorry, this is going to be a long post, been pondering these things for several years now. Our son (only child) & his girlfriend went to Australia on a one year Working/Travelling visa in 2010 and you've guessed it, never came back (except for visits to see family & friends). They have worked hard, travelled all around Australia in a Toyota campervan, saved hard and have finally settled and just bought a house in Brisbane. We are delighted for them and can't wait to come out to see them, fingers crossed for 2021. We've been over to Australia 3 times, have loved it, didn't want to come home & obviously pondered the question of visas but, it wasn't really possible until now, as they've now got PR and a permanent address. I've spent many hours in the past reading posts about parent visas and, coming to look at this again, I'm shocked to see how long the processing for CPVs is taking considering how much they cost. Nearly 5 years to process from start to finish can hardly be described as fast track! We are now at the point where it would be possible to apply for an Aged Parent 804 (husband 67, me 65) even though we don't care much for that name, lol. This is obviously attractive because of the enormous fee difference, we are not wealthy, £50,000 plus for 2 CPVs is a lot of money. I've not been able to find posts more recent than 2016 about this visa and these are on the PomsinAdelaide section. Am I posting in the right area, does anyone has more recent experience to help with our decision making? What we know is :- we have to be onshore to apply, that we would only have a temporary Bridging visa for potentially many years and our application could be rejected after many years of waiting. We also know we would need to take out additional health insurance. We have lots of things that we don't know. The things we are not sure about are:- Income, should we rent our UK house out initially, for more income and as a fall back. Do current 804 applicants live with their families or have they decided to rent somewhere in Australia? How much would be considered a reasonable income to live in Brisbane, how long is a piece of string? I'm currently analysing every bit of our UK expenditure to try to do a more accurate comparison. We live a modest lifestyle, prefer a walk on a beach with a nice lunch to almost any other kind of entertainment. We own the house that we live in, own another house that we rent out, will both have state pensions (know these will be fixed) and small private pensions. So we are thinking in the longer term we will sell both properties, rent somewhere, and live on the capital & our pensions. We would prefer to buy (on the coast, rather than in Brisbane) but are worried about using a large amount of capital & not having sufficient to live on (with diminishing UK state pensions) for possibly 20 years. After 10 years of getting a permanent visa, we understand we might qualify for government assistance if we fall on hard times. Perhaps a better plan would be to buy somewhere & sell it in future if we need to use the capital for income? Healthcare is another worry. Fortunately, I am in good health, no medications (touch wood), Unfortunately, my husband was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2017. He was in a lot of pain at first but excellent health care now has the condition under control - he currently takes methotrexate by injection weekly. This is on the PBS list but I understand that the RHCA with the UK doesn't cover costs for ongoing health issues such as this, so would we be looking at the full cost, currently around 90 AUD per month? Some posters have said they had got Medicare cards while on the Bridging visa, in which case would this mean paying half that cost? 90 AUD is fine, plus possibly other costs for pain killers when needed, but coming from the land of NHS & freedom from costs as a pensioner, it makes us feel nervous. None of us plan to be ill but unfortunately, it does happen. We have spent the past 4 winters in Spain (living & travelling in a campervan). He became ill the first winter we went (2016) and that was a very scary experience in a country where you only speak a bit of the language. We had to end our travels early & return home so he could begin hospital treatment. We've been back every winter (until this year) because the cold, damp UK winters mean he is virtually housebound for at least 5 months. In a better climate we are outdoors much more, walking & cycling. The final consideration is a no brainer. We've missed our son so much, just sharing those everyday experiences like having a meal together, listening to music together etc. you'll know what I mean. My son & husband share so many interests, I feel so sad that they are missing this time together. When we all spend time together it's like we've never been apart. In the 10 years since he went we've dealt with redundancy, illness, caring for elderly parents, unexpected retirement (redundancy by another name) and now feel its our time for an adventure and a different lifestyle. I feel that we will regret it if we don't do it. We want to be spending more time together in the next 10 years than we have in the last 10 years. My son still has his campervan & we hope to borrow it to see some of Queensland, we don't expect to be living in each others pockets. Have looked into exporting our campervan but that's a subject for a whole other thread! Thanks for taking the time to read this, it has been useful to me to get this all down. Any thoughts, experiences you can share will be gratefully received. Wishing you all a Happy New Year! We are hoping to be in Brisbane for NYE 2021. Who knows that may be the start of our Australian journey?
  2. Hi, I want to have my Canadian parents move to Australia and live with us. Through our own research this is the plan so far (of course when the borders open and allows non-residents to enter Australia): Parents enter Australia on an ETA visa (Subclass 601) They apply for the Aged Parent visa (Subclass 804) onshore Questions I have are: Is there a longer visitor visa my parents can apply for instead of the ETA that allows them to apply for the 804 visa onshore? I ask because my father turns 65 early 2022 and we want them here ASAP. I don't mind having them on a visitor for 6 months to a year if it's possible. I'm aware they will be on a bridging visa for a long time while waiting for the outcome of 804. Are they entitled to Medicare? I recall back in 2009, I had full Medicare cover while on a bridging visa waiting for my spouse visa; it was a blue Medicare card. My mother will be under 65 when my father is eligible to apply for 804. Would she be entitled to work while on the bridging visa? Any idea how long the queue might actually be for 804? Is there a better option(s) to the plan I have above (ETA -> 804 onshore)? Thanks!
  3. Hi My mum has applied for aged parent visa 804. More than 50% of her children are Australian citizen. Even though due to my dad's sickness he wasn't added to the application, the immigration agent wants him to do a medical test which he will definitely fail. He doesn't have any contiguous disease but needs 24/7 care. My family members are taking care of him. The lawyer has advised us not to do a medical test for him even though the agent particularly said that he cannot take decision because my dad didn't do the test. Can anyone kindly advise what should I do? Thanks SR
  4. Hello, I am looking to get a more in-depth understanding of the Aged Parent visa (subclass 804) and the Partner visa 820/801 - which is how I ended up on this forum. The Partner visa will be for me and the Aged Parent Visa will be for my parents. Based on the background information that I have written below, I am hoping that people with previous experience are able to answer some questions that I have - as well as pointing out possible risks. PARTNER VISA My parents and I have lived in Norway since 2005. However, we are Dutch citizens and my parents are planning to move back to the Netherlands in 2019 (where we originally come from). In 2017, I moved to Melbourne to study (so I am currently on a Student visa) and to live with my Australian partner of 5 years. I wish to stay here permanently and therefore hope to apply for a Partner visa before my Student visa ends in 2020. I recently had a short consultation with a migration agent who suggested I apply for the Partner visa 820 now, that the Partner visa 801 should be granted by 2020? I was unaware that I could apply for a Partner visa whilst still being on a Student visa - are there any risks in relation to this? I certainly plan to complete my study. Should I go ahead and apply for the Partner visa 820? I am very new to the entire process and have only just started gathering some relationship evidence - any tips are highly welcome. AGED PARENT VISA 804 I am my parents' only child. In addition, my parents love Australia - so they would love to move here. I have looked at both the Contributory Parent Visa and the Aged Parent Visa, and have found the latter to be the better option purely due to the high expenses of the Contributory Parent Visa application. The Aged Parent via seems to be an OK option, as my parents can apply for it whilst they are on a tourist visa in Australia - which will give them a 30-year bridging visa. However, they have to meet the Australian pension age. My mother was born in 1963 and my father was born in 1961. This means my father will be the pension age of 67 in 2028 - perhaps a few years later if the pension age increases. As soon as my father is the required age, we hope to apply for the Aged Parent visa. I have got a few questions in relation to this visa that I hope to get some answers to: Question 1. Do both of my parents need to be the required pension age, or is just one of them enough (my father?) Question 2. Will they be able to claim their Dutch and Norwegian pensions in Australia? I have a had a quick look at a Social Security Agreement which exists between Australia, the Netherlands and Norway - and it seems that they can use their overseas pension in Australia. However, I am not certain and would like some inputs. Question 3. They meet the balance of family test (I am their only child) and I assume that they meet the character requirements as well - they do not have criminal records. My biggest concern is the health requirements. My mother has previously been diagnosed with depression (which is under control) and is on a disability pension. Besides that, she is quite healthy. My father, however, has Hepatitis C and has previously had other health issues (gallstone etc). He has been on a temporary disability pension the past few months due to an infection in his heel (I can’t remember the name of the condition), but this condition should eventually go away. I am unable to find out how strict they are with the health requirements and am therefore feeling very uncertain if my parents' conditions may lead to their visa being rejected. Do they only look at their health in the past 5 years? Does anyone have more information on the health requirements for the Aged Parent Visa (804)? Question 4. Is there a high chance that their bridging visa would only last e.g. 2 years, if my parents were found to not be suitable for the visa - e.g. due to them not meeting the health requirements? Sorry for the long post - I am trying to include as many details as possible to get accurate feedback. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!
  5. Charlie m

    Visa 804

    Hi all has anyone applied for804 visa is it visitor visa first then apply for bridging visa then 804 visa I know you apply onshore and then wait 5/10 years bit confused thanks ?
  6. My parents (aged 68/70) currently live in the UK and have been visiting Australia for 3 months at a time for the last 8 years. They are looking to move to Australia permanently and pass the balance of family test - my husband and I will be sponsors. We looked at the options and decided the Aged Parent Visa (804) would be the way to go. Now I'm not sure. I understand the Aged Parent means they have temporary residency in Australia (for the 30 years it takes to get the visa), however you're no longer a resident in the UK after 3 month living abroad. This effectively leaves them in limbo not considered resident in any country when it comes to health care. I know they will have access to Medicare under the reciprocal health agreement, but what is classed as emergency treatment? If either parent is diagnosed with a serious illness would that be treated under medicare? How much should we budget if not? UK pension will be frozen when they leave, meaning they could be seriously out of pocked in 10-20 years. I see there are still people campaigning against this, but it doesn't look hopeful. Second option is the Contributory Parent Visa, which I believe will cost close to $100,000 for both parents. ($47k each) How long is it until this visa is granted if they apply in Australia? How long until they are covered for full Medicare? Can they apply for a Pension Card straight away? Can they claim AU pension in 10 years time? Are there any other benefits to paying for this visa other than instant access to full Medicare? (And is it actually instant?) Is there anyone here who has been though this process with their parents? Any issues I should consider? Thank you.
  7. 5Whys

    Onshore Visas

    Hi - I am new to the site but I have been going through the posts in general and one thing I’ve noticed is that there is some people who get a little annoyed if someone is applying for a visa onshore. Is there a reason why? This annoyance seems to be aimed more towards the parent visas. It just seems strange that people get annoyed when there is the option to apply onshore. Thoughts. Cheers - 5
  8. Hi folks I have just joined your forum. Could someone tell me if we apply for an aged parent visa 804 can we ship our goods before getting it approved? We have asked the customs to clarify this issue but their answers don't seem to match our questions. We have to apply while in Australia for this visa so would be in Aus while it's being processed. We have two children who live in Australia and have residency there. Apparently you get a bridging visa while you wait but that could take anything from 10 to 30 years!!! I'm 60 MMM the mind boggles. I think this is not as easy as it looks. I would be really grateful for any advice. Many thanks a very confused Mum.
  9. Hi, Can you recommend an agent (in Australia or UK) who has good and successful Aged Parent Visa (subclass 804) experience please? Thanks, Steve.
  10. richardcoull

    Parent visa update

    "Further Update: Senator Hanson-Young's disallowance motion against the Migration Amendment which ceased a range of visas including the non-contributory parent, aged dependent, carer and last remaining relative was successful. Therefore, these visas can now be lodged again. There will likely be further information on this later today or tomorrow." All being well, there should now be a 6-month window in which to file new applications under the previously closed Parent Visa classes listed above.
  11. Alan Collett

    End of Parent and Aged Parent visas?

    Browsing the Budget papers (as one does on a Tuesday evening) ... and noted this: The 2014‑15 Migration Programme will have 190,000 places and maintain the composition of 128,550 Skilled Stream places, 60,885 Family Stream places and 565 Special Eligibility Stream places. The Skilled Stream will continue to focus on Australia's longer term skills needs, including addressing skills shortages in regional Australia. The Family Stream will refocus on meeting the increasing demand for close family reunions. The additional partner and child places will be made available as a result of the cessation of new applications from the other family and parent (non‑contributory) places. This cessation will also enable faster processing of existing applications. (Source: http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/content/bp2/html/bp2_expense-16.htm , scroll down to Migration Programme — allocation of places for 2014‑15) Looks like the end of subclass 103 (Parent) and 804 (Aged Parent) visa options imminently - likely to be from the end of next month. Also the Remaining Relative visa option looks likely to go - reading between the lines. In case of need: http://www.gm-parent-visas.com/ Best regards.
  12. My husband and I are on the list, waiting on 804 Aged Parent visas. We have 2 sons both now Australian citizens and a grand-daughter born in Australia. Our passports are due for renewal this November, so our question is this: Are we required to keep our passports active while we wait for our sub-class 804 visa to come through, or can we let them lapse? We have absolutely no reason or desire to ever go back to the UK. Hoping someone can clarify this.
  13. We have been granted an Aged Parent Visa (804 bridging) but my husband still holds a (substantive visa) 457. We want to switch to the Parent 804. Two questions: Can we do this whilst still on a parent bridging visa (804)? Will my husband still be able to work on a (bridging) parent visa? Thanks in anticipation
  14. Hello! I am quite new at this forum:). I would like to migrate to Australia and have passed the tests for a Parent Visa. However, I now have noticed that I will have to wait for TEN years to be considered a citizen.... Then I would be 74 years old and nobody knows if I am capable of migrate at that age... What about Aged Parent Visa?? How long do I have to wait for such a visa instead? I do hope, that there is somebody out there, who can answer properly to my questions, since I am getting very confused here and I want to move Down Under within the next two years at least. Please help me
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