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  1. Hi All, Just wanted to know more about the Skilled Health Waiver Approval timeframe. It has been 9 months now since i lodged my subclass 856 visa application. The last message i got from my CO is that, the submission report has been sent to Canberra. Now, im not sure how long this will take. Hope there's someone who could enlighten me more about the approval process for SHW.
  2. Guest

    Skilled Health Waiver

    Hi, Does anyone knows the average approval process for the Skilled Health Waiver? Thanks
  3. Guest

    Health Waiver approval

    Does anyone knows how long is the approval of Health Waiver in Canberra? Thank you
  4. Hi! Back in town after a couple of weeks in NZ- it's been a pretty stressful experience with immigration and their concerns with me wanting to stay here illegally, still they've granted me a 3 month tourist visa with a "no further stay" condition. I have just been nominated fr a business sponsorship 457 visa by a company for the position of Flood Recovery Worker in Brisbane, so I need to have that no further stay condition removed to be able to apply for my visa and start work. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Conrad. :biggrin:
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  6. journeydownunder

    ACT proof of funds WAIVER

    Hi All, Has anyone successfully applied for ACT sponsorship and had to do a waiver for the financial bit? If so would you be able to PM me with what details you supplied, how much evidence etc. Similarly if you were turned down would you be able to tell me why etc? We will very shortly be putting our application through and want to have the best chance of getting it right. Thanks so much in advance for any replies. Emm xxx
  7. Hi All, I failed my medical recently for my ENS 856 application and am waiting for a letter from immigration to tell me the exact reason I failed and how much their estimated costs will be for the duration of my visa i.e. rest of my life. I contacted a migration agent and they said wait til you get that letter then contact us again - fair enough. What my case officer told me is that I failed due to the fact that I would need to go on dialysis at some point in my life - which won't be for at least 20 years according to my specialist. She said that if my estimated costs are over $200k then it has to get sent to someone in Canberra for a decision. It seems that the cost to the Australian government is the biggest issue they have. My question is, I have checked on some health insurance companies websites and they cover for dialysis, so if I promise to get health insurance then the cost of dialysis shouldn't be a problem, should it? The problem with this is that they would have to keep track of me for the next 20+ years making sure I keep my insurance going but I'll also be paying tax for those 20+ years so that should count towards it too, shouldn't it? Not sure if anyone can answer but my mind is going crazy trying to figure out a solution to this. I will be getting professional advice but until I do I can't help but thinking and worrying!! If anyone knows the answer or has had a similar experience I would love to hear from you. Thanks, Richard
  8. hi there, me and my aussie girlfriend have been together for 5 years now. we lived together for a total of about 3,5 years until nov 2009. we have been working together for the same empoyer for about 1,5 years. unfortunately my girlfriend injured her back and decided to go to oz for a treatement . on arrival home she started working (to support herself and pay for all the medical stuff of course) and came back to europe in summer 2010 to join me to do bit of travelling. as she was offered a managerial position at her aussie job we decided that the best thing for us to do is to get a partner visa and move to australia permanently. i went to oz personally in november 2010 and stayed with her for about a month. now the time has come to finally get all the docs together and send my appication. it is a pricey process and with my earnings i couldn't do it any sooner. my question is, how will our last 12 month together or separately rather, be treated by the visa people? i read that in some circumstances a 12 months period may be waived...how can we proove to an immigration office that our relationship was alive while we were separately? we have a great deal of documents for our 3,5 years of co-habitation together while in the uk..ihas anyone been in a similar situation and got his visa granted? any help will be more than appreciated. thank you
  9. The Department has released details of two minor changes: a) the implementation of NSW participation in the ENS health waiver scheme; b) the inclusion of four further universities whose engineering graduates may qualify for a subclass 476 visa: Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada); Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile); University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (Malaysia) University of Liverpool (UK). The real significance of this news is that the Department is functioning and the Minister is making routine approvals. Some previous Ministers were glacial in coming to terms with their new responsibilities. Might be a good omen for the SMPs. Cheers, George Lombard
  10. The Department has released details of two minor changes: a) the implementation of NSW participation in the ENS health waiver scheme; b) the inclusion of four further universities whose engineering graduates may qualify for a subclass 476 visa: Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Canada); Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile); University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (Malaysia) University of Liverpool (UK). The real significance of this news is that the Department is functioning and the Minister is making routine approvals. Some previous Ministers were glacial in coming to terms with their new responsibilities. Might be a good omen for the SMPs. Cheers, George Lombard
  11. George Lombard

    NSW Signs up to ENS Health Waiver

    Just announced this morning through the ABC, see NSW joins health waiver scheme for skilled migrants - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) . Very good news for many people held up at this final hurdle. Cheers, George Lombard
  12. George Lombard

    NSW Signs up to ENS Health Waiver

    Just announced this morning through the ABC, see NSW joins health waiver scheme for skilled migrants - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) . Very good news for many people held up at this final hurdle. Cheers, George Lombard
  13. Guest

    Health Criteria

    Here we go again! My skills are on the CSL and my particular expertise is needed for the economic benefit of Australia. In fact, employers are throwing money at me in an attempt to secure my services, so in this respect I am very lucky. However, my 11-year old daughter has moderate learning difficulties which changes everything. Two years ago I had a family 457 granted with a health waiver because my daughter failed the PIC4005 health criteria on schooling cost grounds. However, the financial crisis killed the job and therefore the visa. During that process, I built up a good detailed knowledge of the legal issues surrounding visas, waivers, the MOC and so on. This was helped by striking up an informal dialogue with a top Australian migration barrister. I say all this because I don't want anybody to waste their valuable time explaining the basics to me. However, updates to the visa situation are welcome. For instance, do I have to have medicals for a 457? What other visa options could work? Since building my knowlege base, the health waiver has been signed by all states & territories apart from NSW. I've just returned from Sydney and I think they haven't signed simply because they are the most disorganised political team in Aus. I'll get to the point. I have a good job offer in Sydney with 457 sponsorship and they desperately need me for business reasons. Having informally discussed with the migration barrister, it seems that without the waiver there is no way to eventually gain permanent residency in NSW so I will have to turn them down. Before doing so, I would like to explore visa options formally with a Registered Migration Agent with the relevant expertise in health aspects. The barrister's fees are too high to get formal advice in writing although I'm sure it will be spot on; he's the man that RMA's go to when things get complicated. Can anybody recommend a top RMA? The good ones seem to be lawyers as well. All is not lost. I have an option in Perth to fall back on.
  14. Amy123

    a no further stay waiver

    Does anyone know anyone who has successfully manage to get the no futher stay condition waivered?
  15. connaust

    Visa fees rejigged for students

    INTERNATIONAL students crippled by a spate of college foreclosures this year will be exempt from paying $540 visa fees to stay on in Australia as the country resets its immigration intake to attract the people it needs. From January 1, the Government will waive fees for as many as 4700 students reapplying to study at new institutions after 12 colleges collapsed.
  16. Hi All, just attempted to email the following to ANMC for the OH but their email link doesn't seem to work, could anyone tell me what sort of answer I could have expected...............thanks Gary Dear sir/madam, Could you please clarify my position. Over the past few months I have been collating all the necessary documents required for a Full migration assessment, I am waiting for one reference. I have visited your website on numerous occasions regarding the English language proficiency. The web page, prior to today when I checked again, stated that there was a waiver for UK trained registered nurses of the IELTS exam. I was aware that the exam was to be taken from the 1st July for all internationally trained nurses but was not aware that the waiver was to be lifted also. Your website never stated that the waiver would be lifted either ! My visa application must be received prior to my 35th birthday, which is on the 6th October to qualify for a 175 GSM visa. If I now must sit the exam, the earliest being the 8th August at Liverpool university UK, I must then wait for the result, from then I will be able to send my completed migration assessment. Is it likely that the application will be processed in time? or is the waiver for UK registered/trained nurses still applicable?
  17. Another Instrument to take effect from 15th May 2009 adds WA to the previous list of the ACT and Victoria, where a health waiver is available for on-shore ENS/RSMS/LabourAgreement visas. This gives those with health issues a possible avenue via the 457 with health waiver, if emplyer takes on health liabilities, and then ENS with health waiver if the position is in one of the three abovementioned States/Territory. Regards
  18. krestsaf

    Medical waiver and Medicare RHCA

    Hi If a medical waiver has been asked to be signed by my employer on a 457 visa, does this then put all responsibility for all medicals costs to my employer? My query stems from the medicare RHCA. as a UK citizen and the 457 being a temp visa, then my understanding is RHCA is avail for ALL people visiting Aus except students who require their own insurance. Therefore I understand that RHCA will cover me for all emergency/medically necessary treatment in hospital. Other treatments such as GP, and prescription meds costs and dental are at the expense of myself, or if the medical waiver is signed by my employer then they are responsible for anything not covered by the RHCA??? OR Is my emplyer to be responsible for ALL medical costs regardless, and the RHCA is deemed invalid to me once upon a 457 visa with a signed medical waiver from my employer? I have researched this but only found grey areas, i just want simple black and white.:arghh:
  19. Guest

    help please , waiver medical

    hi all my son is 17 and has been type 1 diabetic since 5 , we are hoping to go to adelaide on a 119 rsms employer sponsored visa. when we had our medicals ( this was nov 08 ) the dr sent what he had about his condition, then in jan 09 we got an e-mail from the medical people saying they wanted more info on one of his eyes as he has stage 1 retonifilya ( spelt wrong i know ) specialist said this would be normal for a diabetic of 12 years so we felt confident this was normal procedure so we sent the results of his last eye test done nov 08. this morning we received another e-mail saying they now want another check on both eyes and a report about how he can do things like shopping and work etc ( hes perfectly normal ) . i am starting to feel we might be refused because of this but i have read somwhere about a waiver for family , does anyone know about this and could we use it if we need to help please dobba :sad:
  20. dogmarsh

    Health Waiver

    G'day! This is my first post, and it feels a bit like shouting into a darkened room, not knowing if there is anyone there to answer! I am applying for a Permanent Partner Visa (de Facto) 801, here in Sydney, where I have been living for the last 3 years with my partner. This January, a routine colonoscopy found a cancerous polyp, which was removed in March, by cutting out the lower part of my colon. (Ouch!). 3 months later and I have just returned from hospital where the bag that was fitted originally has been removed, and I am now back to (almost) as good as new. I was lucky that the cancer was found early and it had not spread. I have been told by a local Immigration professional that because of the cancer, I do not meet the "Health Criteria", and will need to obtain a "Health Waiver". This is because the C.O. will not want Australia to incur undue costs of my ongoing health care. I have private health insurance. Also, my surgeon, who incidentally can walk on water, is writing a letter for my Case Officer giving the above facts, and will also say that because I am very proactive looking after my health, that there is less than a 2% chance of any cancer returning within 5 years, and that there is no further cost foreseen in my case. Because I want to get my application right first time, I need answers to these questions: 1. What is or are the Health Criteria? 2. What exactly is the Health Waiver? 3. At what point in the process do I apply for a Health Waiver? 4. What guidance is there for the issues that my surgeon should comment on in his letter? 5. I would like to research case law to understand what the Courts have held must be considered by the C.O. Where can I locate this information? 6. Also, where can I locate the (Immigration) Departmental Policy Guide which should hold a lot of this information. Thank you for your help in anticipation. Dogmarsh
  21. Guest

    Spouse visa - penal waiver

    Can anyone advise please? We applied for a Spouse visa just over 11 weeks ago and my husband was asked to provide an original police certficate for the time he spent in Saudi with British Aerospace. However, the Saudia authorities do not provide these so British Aerospace in Saudi provided a letter confirming he had no police record. Today we received notification that to process our visa they wish my husband to go to London to complete a statutory declaration which will then be e-mailed to Canberra for them to decide if they will waive the penal clearance form. Two questions - is this likely to be a formality (ie: will the visa automatically be approved) and how long might this take. If anyone can help I would be very grateful. I have posted this on another forum but the more advice the better! Louise PS: London is a pain as we live in the North East of Scotland!
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