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Cazzajj

Temporary visa - bridging

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Hi thanks for your help in advance .. if my dad was to come out on a holiday visa could he apply for a bridging visa while he was here ? We are citizens but my dad can not afford the contribution visa and if he applied for the 10 year visa he will be 87 and have nothing to go back to as he would of sold his home to come here .Can he come out on a holiday visa then apply for the non contributing visa and stay here indefinitely on the bridging visa? 

Thanks again for your help 

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Yes, but be aware of the pitfalls. The visa takes a long time to process (over five years and increasing). If, shortly before grant he attends the medical and fails, he would face being sent back. A real possibility with elderly people. Also, during his time on a bridging visa, he wouldn't get full Medicare, or other government assistance. 

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7 hours ago, Cazzajj said:

Hi thanks for your help in advance .. if my dad was to come out on a holiday visa could he apply for a bridging visa while he was here ? We are citizens but my dad can not afford the contribution visa and if he applied for the 10 year visa he will be 87 and have nothing to go back to as he would of sold his home to come here .Can he come out on a holiday visa then apply for the non contributing visa and stay here indefinitely on the bridging visa? 

He could stay indefinitely on the bridging visa but there are pitfalls, as VeryStormy says.  His British pension will be frozen at the rate it is today, and he won't be eligible for any pension or  aged care benefits from the Australian government.  If he can't afford a contributory visa, then how will he afford a private nursing home if he needs one in his old age?   

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

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Did you see the report recently on the British woman who was about to be deported because she failed the medical? All sorts of crocodile tears in the newspapers (she died shortly after the sob stories hit the news). He would probably be much better staying at home, having the support of the NHS and social care when his funds run out. He’d really struggle in Australia unless he is incredibly well off - and if he can’t afford the CPV to begin with, he sounds like he is far from that! 

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5 hours ago, Quoll said:

Did you see the report recently on the British woman who was about to be deported because she failed the medical? All sorts of crocodile tears in the newspapers (she died shortly after the sob stories hit the news). He would probably be much better staying at home, having the support of the NHS and social care when his funds run out. He’d really struggle in Australia unless he is incredibly well off - and if he can’t afford the CPV to begin with, he sounds like he is far from that! 

I think this story Quoll really highlighted the pitfalls

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5 hours ago, Quoll said:

Did you see the report recently on the British woman who was about to be deported because she failed the medical? All sorts of crocodile tears in the newspapers (she died shortly after the sob stories hit the news). He would probably be much better staying at home, having the support of the NHS and social care when his funds run out. He’d really struggle in Australia unless he is incredibly well off - and if he can’t afford the CPV to begin with, he sounds like he is far from that! 

Excellent response as always 

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