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Spouse Visa - Medicals worry

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This is my 1st post but after reading some of the threads you all sound so helpful, I am hoping for some input. An expat myself but now an Aussie citizen, I want to go home (Queensland) and take hubby too, so plan to sponsor my dh. luckily I dont have to undergo a medical this time (the stress is taking its toll) but hubby does and he has a pacemaker, is this likely to cause problems at the medical?

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Guest chris_mac
This is my 1st post but after reading some of the threads you all sound so helpful, I am hoping for some input. An expat myself but now an Aussie citizen, I want to go home (Queensland) and take hubby too, so plan to sponsor my dh. luckily I dont have to undergo a medical this time (the stress is taking its toll) but hubby does and he has a pacemaker, is this likely to cause problems at the medical?

 

Hi Jayde

 

Welcome to poms in oz

 

As long as your OH meets all the requirements for the visa im sure the pacemaker will have lvery little or no effect at all on the application itself or the medical.

 

You may want to consider good medical insurance for the future though once in oz.. I know nothing about pacemakers but assuming it may need new batteries or changing for what ever reason you wouldnt want to be in dificulties with huge medicla bills...

 

Best wishes

 

Chris

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Guest Gollywobbler

Hi Jayde

 

Welcome to Poms in Oz.

 

How old is Hubby, please? Presumably he has had heart problems in the past or he would not need a pacemaker now?

 

Like Chris, I know nothing about medicine so it follows that I know nothing about pacemakers.

 

However with Spouse visas a waiver of the strict health requirement is possible anyway. So unless Hubby is a stretcher case it is highly unlikely that he would be refused a visa on health grounds.

 

Cheers

 

Gill

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Hi Jayde

snip> How old is Hubby, please? Presumably he has had heart problems in the past or he would not need a pacemaker now? <snip

Gill

 

Hi, thanks for the welcome and replies.

 

I am so over researching & immigration paperwork, I am over-thinking everything, im afraid. We are closing in on retirement age and hubby had a heart attack some years ago.

 

ADDITION: WAIVER Information

 

Our application was sent in Dec 09, at the same time we applied for FBI and state background checks. A CO was assigned in early January and meds were requested which hubby did in February. These and background checks were sent in March. We were then asked by the MOC (medical officer of the Commonwealth) for hubby to get specific medical reports from his specialist which were sent in April. (We had sent one with the medical, but non specific)

 

In late May we were told that the MOC had advised that the costing was $50,000.00 and that to be successful we would have to apply for a waiver. As we had been fearful of this outcome we had already researched and started preparation for this. We were emailed with a list of 10 questions, and to particularly answer with compelling and compassionate reasons, we answered and then refined them over the next 7 days until we were satisfied we would not be able to improve our answers. As the CO has to accept the MOC's decision we did not feel we had any valid argument over costing.

 

We made a submission stating all the reasons why we considered Australia our home. My family of sons and our grandchildren, our interaction in the community, our assets there. We obtained statements from friends and family saying they would offer us support and help in the event of hubby becoming unwell, and a reference. We stated our financial means and that we would seek health insurance, the finances were documented. We supported any statements we could with documents complementing them. We added to our statement things that made it a hardship to live in the USA or another country. I also added a letter of support myself, which was a little more emotional.

 

We listed our arguments and selected the best, refining the draft, living and breathing it 24/7 and refining it more. We withheld a couple of arguments just in case we were unlucky enough to have to attend the MRT (migration review tribunal). The end result was a document of 5 pages long supported by at least 10 pages of statements and financial documents.

 

I researched and wrote many letters to many politicians who were unable to help, my local member did contact a DIAC liaison person on our behalf.

 

We know how upsetting it is to be told you may not be able to return to your own country to live if you want to be with your partner. This may be a time to access professional help from a Lawyer or good Migration Agent, if you are not confident in your ability to organise and present your argument.

 

We finally received a phone call on the 12th July 2010 to tell us that the visa had been approved and this was followed by email and a formal letter of approval. Many of our original documents were returned but as the visa is electronically applied we didnt have to send in a passport.

 

YMMV

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