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Nicol

Immigrating with a child on the spectrum

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Hi, my family and I are exploring emigrating   to Oz specifically Perth. I have already been told  due to my sons Autism that securing a visa is not going to be straight forward and potentially a non starter! However, I was wondering if having family in Oz would make any difference. My sister and her family are Oz citizens and my brother and partner are PR. My parents are also looking to retire to Oz in the next five years. So all my immediate family will (potentially) be in Oz. My son does currently require full support in school. This is where I have been told the ‘problem’ can arise in getting a visa due to the cost incurred in providing educational support. However, we could afford to pay for my sons education and can evidence this long-term. I am not sure if this is taken into consideration during the visa/immigration process? Additionally, would a visa application in my situation be made easier if my sibling sponsored me? As a kind of guarantor? 

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I’m no expert at all but yes you do face some hurdles, the best thing you can do is contact a Migration agent that specialises in health issues. There are many wonderful migration agents on this forum but for your particular health needs I would highly recommend George Lombard (easy to find on google!), he is renowned for his specialty in dealing with complex health issues in terms of migration and I really do think he’s your essential first port of call, I think he will let you know from the start if you have a chance and it’s that knowledge that will determine how you proceed.  The very very best wishes to you xxxx

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If your son requires full time support in school, quite honestly I would say your chances are very very slim. The catch 22 usually is that if a child can get a visa they will get no help in school and if they are eligible for help in school they are unlikely to get a visa. Best bet it to get a full psycho educational assessment including cognitive function, adaptive behaviour and current skill level and run it past one of the agents who specialise in medical conditions. George Lombard, Peter Bollard, Richard Gregan and maybe some others have medical advisors on board, they're the ones who can tell you for sure.

Having family in Australia is irrelevant as is your capacity to pay the $50kpa or whatever for full time support in school - you could change your mind at any time of your circumstances could change 

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Thanks for both reply’s. We will contact an immigration lawyer to get a better idea of the likelihood of getting a visa. 

I wouldn’t supposed Australia is likely to change immigration policies anytime soon. Think that’s more wishful thinking on my part. 

Thanks again.

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It isn't an immigration lawyer you should speak to, but one of the agents mentioned.

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Ah sorry i thought they were lawyers. I had heard the name George Lombard before and just assumed he was a lawyer. 

 

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13 minutes ago, Nicol said:

Ah sorry i thought they were lawyers. I had heard the name George Lombard before and just assumed he was a lawyer. 

 

Thanks. 

No, they are registered agents who specialise in migration with medical conditions. He will tell you if you're wasting  your time and money.

If there are changes to immigration policy is not likely to be an increase in people who p potentially cost the tax payer lots of money.

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1 hour ago, Nicol said:

Thanks for both reply’s. We will contact an immigration lawyer to get a better idea of the likelihood of getting a visa. 

I wouldn’t supposed Australia is likely to change immigration policies anytime soon. Think that’s more wishful thinking on my part. 

Thanks again.

Very unlikely. They look at how much the visa applicant will cost over their lifetime.  Full time support in school is very expensive and support could continue for life, also very expensive. Sadly having family over there makes no difference, the heavy costs will still continue. As Quoll has said, you cannot say you will cover costs forever, no one knows the future and I don’t think it would make any difference. Once someone has PR they have entitlement and that’s what will be looked at. Do contact one of the agents mentioned just so you know for sure.  In terms of your parents retiring out there in five years or so. The current wait times for a parent visa is now about 6 years and climbing so they may want to look at joining the queue sooner rather then later. I wish you luck 

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