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Visa Application with Multiple Schlerosis

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Guest Nick Howard

Dear all

 

Newbie here, so please be gentle.

 

I've been offered a post with the Royal Australian Navy through the Lateral Recruiting scheme (I'm currently serving in the Royal Navy) and have completed all my medical checks etc and now am at the point where I can start the visa application process, essentially through a Labour Agreement with the RAN acting as my sponsor - all fine so far.

 

In order for the job application to be successful both my wife and I have be granted Permanent Residency visas.

 

Our problem is that my wife suffers from Multiple Schlerosis and I can't seem to find out any advice on the impact this will have on the application, other than each case is simply judged on its merits at the time. As the application would seem to cost at least £5,000 I'm a bit woried about applying if the answer is going to be a clear no.

 

My question is, does anyone out there have any experience of succesful (or otherwise) applications with similar illnesses? I know the answer will always be "it depends on the medical assessment at the time", but I'm trying to build up a picture of how likely to succeed any application might be.

 

Any advice most greatfully recived.

 

Nick

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Approach one of the agents who specialize in medical conditions - George Lombard and Peter Bollard are the two usually recommended. They will give you a good idea of whether you are likely to be successful.

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I think there's a annual 'cost' limit but I'm not sure what it involves / includes or how much it is


Job offer April 2011, Reccie July 2011, 457 submitted 21/09/2011, my medical only 14/10/11, medical submitted 21/10/11 (IT issues), referred 21/10/11, approved 27/10/11, landed 24/4/12, PR submitted (decision ready) June 2012, PR granted August 2013

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I think the annual cost is about $12,000 or $21k per year lol big difference I know! and that would include hospital care, welfare payments, community care & schooling (I know that wouldn't apply here).

 

Your likelihood at success depends on how your wife's condition affects her and how much care/support she needs. AND how well you can document this with proof from doctors or other evidence.

 

If she works even voluntary or studies, is not dependent on state benefits, does not need in home care etc then your chance could be good.

 

If for instance she is reliant on state benefits due to being too ill for work. Needs day to day care from another person etc then you would need extra help applying from an agent.

 

For instance I have epilepsy & have had brain surgery and take medicine daily. Will still need to take that forever. Other than after seizure care I dont need any other 'care'. I have been working and not reliant on welfare but do claim what I am entitled to. It took a while longer than it would have taken others with DIAC examining my health notes carefully but I got my visa.

 

With my application I included a letter from my GP & evidence that I work even though it was not asked for.

 

They later asked for another letter from my Neurologist stating diagnosis & prognosis for the next 5 years. He wrote 5 lines about it saying I was well managed and didn't need further medical intervention other than medicine.


05/09/09 Mailed my 309/100 app 17/09/09 CO 05/10/09 Meds 08/10/09 PCC 09/10/09 Xray, 18/12/09 Extra Medical report recieved by CO 14/01/10 Hep B test, 09/02/10 New CO aggh 18/02/10 309, Baby visa needed now for our move in Sept 2011

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I do happen to know someone that emmigrated successfully with MS. We and others were suprised and didn't think it could be done!! Just goes to show what anyone else knows!!! The husband was the main applicant and other than having to get a few extra letters from specialists and couple of tests done, it was all pretty much straight forward.

 

Don't give up, it is entirely possible. But I would recommend you use a migration agent in this case.

 

Lisa

 

By the way, my friend has been living there for 3 years now and loves it. Good luck


Steve 47, Lisa 39, 2 Kids 16 + 11

PR VISA GRANTED July 09 , Validated Visa Nov 09. Living in Adelaide

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Guest Nick Howard

That sounds a bit more promising. I have contacted George Lombard and he has given me 2 case examples where applicants failed, so its always good to hear alternative outcomes.

 

My wife is a Registered Mental Nurse and works full time, claiming no benefits though she does have some difficulty in walking reasonable distances. Will this make a difference?

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That sounds a bit more promising. I have contacted George Lombard and he has given me 2 case examples where applicants failed, so its always good to hear alternative outcomes.

 

My wife is a Registered Mental Nurse and works full time, claiming no benefits though she does have some difficulty in walking reasonable distances. Will this make a difference?

 

Sounds very positive to me if she is working and doesn't need care, difficulty with walking is no issue as it costs her or the state nothing.

 

Your problems could be with ongoing medical care. ie is she on drugs which are particularly expensive. Might she need medical procedures in the next few years, operations or the need of equipment to use at home etc. Are the mobility issues likely to become a big problem in the next 5 years that she would be unable to walk & subsequently work etc.

 

Whether using an agent or not I'd advise to write to her consultant asking for a letter of support which can answer those questions.

 

This is what my CO asked me to get........

 

"Your medical reports were referred to the Health Operations Centre (HOC) in Australia for an opinion on whether you meet the health requirement for the grant of the above visa because a health concern was identified by our panel doctors during your medical examinations.

 

Before giving an opinion on whether you meet the health requirement, HOC has asked that you provide the following further information:

 

A Current assessment by a neurologist is required regarding the applicant’s epilepsy please. Please forward further report addressing physical examination findings, diagnosis, management needs (including surgery) for the next 5 years and prognosis. "

 

Although it looks like they wanted a big report my consultant wrote no more than 1 paragraph and it was accepted by HOC. I didn't have to pay for it but you might depending on if you have consultant you can ask and if they charge.


05/09/09 Mailed my 309/100 app 17/09/09 CO 05/10/09 Meds 08/10/09 PCC 09/10/09 Xray, 18/12/09 Extra Medical report recieved by CO 14/01/10 Hep B test, 09/02/10 New CO aggh 18/02/10 309, Baby visa needed now for our move in Sept 2011

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Guest Nick Howard

Shel

 

Thanks for all the useful information.

 

My wife is on beta interferon which is an expensive drug (thank god for the NHS), but my brother (already a naturalized Aussie) is a nurse in Perth and he says it is available on PDS (? I think that's what it was called), so does this mean its available on prescription?

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