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  1. Hello everyone. I'm a UK man married to an Aussie lady and we thought that it might be of interest or even help to people in a similar situation to ours if we posted the progress of our visa application. We met in 2009, we married in Melbourne in 2012 and now we have lodged an application for me to move to Australia under the Spouse Visa (July 2013). The reason this is not a normal application is that I have a kidney transplant. I have had it since November 2007 (with no complications or rejection issues). Having studied the health requirement for a Spouse Visa, I expect to fail that portion of the application (renal failure being specifically listed). I then intend to ask for the health waiver to be applied. Before starting our application we did as much research as we could. Using places such as this as well as other online forums and information sites. We contacted various Visa agents who supposedly dealt with cases with medical complications. Some were loathe to even take us on as clients. Some were quoting us astronomical prices for dealing with our case. Some just didn't respond to an enquiry email outlining our situation. A couple were willing, for an almost reasonable fee, to take us on. Eventually my wife sat on hold for over 2 hours with the immigration department in Melbourne and got through to a very helpful person. We were advised not to bother with an agent, his reasoning being that 1) With some common sense you can do everything that an agent does in terms of compiling and filling out forms. 2) Your application is not treated in any preferable way if it comes from an agent. and 3) In cases where more information is required (or health checks etc) the agent only acts as a middle man, passing on requests from the Immigration department to you and then charging you for the service. He also emailed my wife the checklist for documents and suggested that we open a joint bank account to help comply with the financial commitment portion of the application. Having discussed it all, we decided to open the joint account and go for it by ourselves. And now, having had the payment taken for our visa application today. We thought that we would share our experience with this community. So, basically, we have lodged: A completed 47SP form A completed 40SP form 3 completed 888 forms filled out by Australian Citizens and witnessed. Notarized copies of: Our marriage certificate, our passports, drivers licenses, birth certificates. Various bits of proof of a genuine relationship including printed photos of us together, proof of the joint bank account. Visa forms posted and received: 8th July 2013 and 9th July 2013 respectively. Sent via special delivery with the Post Office. (£6.95 for approx 100 A4 pages) Fee taken for the visa application: 15th July 2013 Wish us luck, we'll keep coming back and updating this post to let you know how things progress over the next 8 or 9 months (or however long it takes!) :ssign5:
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    Will I fail medical?

    Hi, I am new to all this so bare with me. We are in the process of applying for our 119 visa and I am really worried about failing medical. My husband is the main applicant and he should be fine, however I have a form of kidney disease called IGA Nephropathy. It is not aggressive and is controlled by medication at the moment and I have normal kidney function, However there is always a chance things could change and eventually lead to dialysis and/or transplant. Hopefully this won't happen as I have it for the past 16 years and no change. Can't mention this to my husband as it would devastate him if he thought we wouldn't get going.He knows I have this condition but he doesn't realise it could end our dream. Would love to hear from someone in a similar situation who got their visa? :smile: