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AdiMac

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Hey everybody. 👋

I'm aware that no one can give me a definitive answer though I'm stressing a bit so some kind words or thoughts would work nicely! 

At the medical checks. Disclosed on the form I have had ptsd for 10 years. Doc doing medical requested a letter from my GP. She confirmed the medication I was on, included information she probably didn't need to (letters back and forth to people).

I've had therapy (self-funded) to manage my symptoms, never been in hospital because of them, had some time off work but never been on benefits. I'd argue the evidence shows I'm not a drain on resources. 

Of course, I'm now convinced that my visa application is going to be refused at this stage. 

It's all gone off to the case officer. I guess, for everyone, it is a waiting game. For me, I'd like to know if the CO would request more info if they had any concerns or would they just throw my forms in the bin? 😢

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As you have declared an illness, your medical results will be sent to the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC) for review.  They may ask  you  to see a psychiatrist for a specialist opinion - this would be routine and the same for potentially having to see a cardiologist if they couldn't record normal blood pressures.  They may be satisfied with the information that you have provided from your GP (the letters may help with this regard).

 


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Hey thanks for this. 🙏

That all makes sense and sounds reasonable. 

More than happy to be assessed by whoever, whenever, wherever.

Just don't want to get rejected at this stage because of this. Can almost taste the cherry ripes 

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39 minutes ago, AdiMac said:

Hey thanks for this. 🙏

That all makes sense and sounds reasonable. 

More than happy to be assessed by whoever, whenever, wherever.

Just don't want to get rejected at this stage because of this. Can almost taste the cherry ripes 

Hope all goes well.  


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Hey,

Did your application go through?

I have recently been prescribed antidepressants and ask for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I am wondering how much mental plays a part in the visa application.  

Thanks 

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I had similar concerns, I have also had anxiety due to work related stress and some particular life stressors at the time. I was offered medication, but didn't get on with it so am not taking any, and am on the waiting list for CBT. I spoke to my agent about this, as I was convinced it was game over. She seems to think that it should not have an impact on the application, and it would be more problematic if you'd been hospitalised or was under the care of a psychiatrist etc. 

Good luck, and let us know how you get on. I'm still at the skills assessment stage at the moment, so hope I get through to medicals!

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Hey @SarahFitzand @GB537

Still haven't heard. It's been 5 weeks since everything went off to the Aussie case officer for a decision. They don't give an estimation of how long it'll take. Maybe this is still within the normal time frame. 

Everything I've been able to find online is saying hospitalisation could be a problem (though not a definitive "no"), taking medication not so much. 

I think the core issue is whether there is an expectation that we would be a drain on state resources. 

I feel sort of terrible, I can't lie. I pay for prescriptions, I've had therapy but always paid for it (rather than NHS... waiting times - jeez), lucky enough never to have been unemployed because of poor mental health. I'd genuinely be crushed if, after passing everything else, this is the thing that they say "no" on. 

Will keep you posted anyway 🙂

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Hi all.

Found out this week that my visa has been granted!!

Obviously relieved, happy, a bit in shock, ready to start on the next steps!

Thanks for the reassuring words on this thread :)

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9 hours ago, AdiMac said:

Hi all.

Found out this week that my visa has been granted!!

Obviously relieved, happy, a bit in shock, ready to start on the next steps!

Thanks for the reassuring words on this thread 🙂

Great news - congratulations.

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Congratulations, that's fantastic news!

Good luck with all the preparations for the move, now - you must be so excited!

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