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young2682

457 entitlements?! Car? Medical care?

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Hi everyone,

 

We arrived in Melbourne yesterday!

 

We have car hire till next week but it's quite expensive and we need to think about buying a car. Are we able to get finance? We have around a $400 deposit?

 

Is anyone else in this situation?

 

Also, are we entitled to any medical care at all on a 457 visa?

 

Thank you in advance for your help.

 

Alex :jiggy:


Benjamin 32 (Vehicle Painter), Alexandra 29 (Beauty Specialist), Daughter - Lois 4yrs, Son - Ashton 2yrs, Started visa process 17/02/11, IELTS passed 02/04/11, Job interview 19/4/11, Job offer 26/4/11, 457 visa lodged 26/7/11, visa granted 30/08/11!! :jiggy:

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Because you are from the UK you are entitled to Medicare through a reciprical agreement. Just go into a Medicare office with you visa and passport. I understand you should consider insurance to cover ambulance fees but others will know more. Good luck.

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Guest Scotinaus

Yes you are covered under a reciprocal agreement but should definitely get ambulance cover.

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Agreed with the others about the ambulance cover - specially if your children are going to nurseries. It only cost $75 /year for a family cover.

For the car purchase, you should check with your employer if you can get a novated lease - that's an easy way to finance a car (and it has tax advantages).


457 Visa granted March 2011 - Arrived in Melbourne June 2011.

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Hi, like everyone else has said you will be covered under the reciprical agreement see http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/migrants/visitors/index.jsp.

 

Withreagrds to finance for a car that a tricky one. Fiance companies are very touch and go about lending to people on temp visa's and when I was on a 457 visa I had no luck. I was however, able to apply for a credit card through my ANZ bank after being here for several months and I paid for my first car that way! I was advised by the bank it often works out cheaper than a loan anyway if you pay it back within 6-12 months. Good luck

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BTW which part of Melbourne are you in? Shame you didnt arrive last wk the weather was nice around 21-23 c but got reallt cold again. Its frezzing today, must be like being back in the UK lol

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Guest Mark and Katie Singleton

Hi arrived in NSW a few weeks ago on a 457 and secured finance on a 5 year old car with no deposit and no problems through a Ford dealership.

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