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Bridging visa and Medicare Confusion..

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Old 03-20-2014, 04:14 AM
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Bridging visa and Medicare Confusion..

Okay so I have recently applied for a Partner visa Online (about a month ago) and received the acknowledgment letter and bridging visa directly after applying.

Yesterday I went to apply for Medicare and was told I am not eligible to get Medicare until the Partner visa is granted...?

I could be mistaken but I have read in a few different places the bridging visa holders ARE eligible for Medicare. So looking further into it I found bridging visa information on the immi Website and it doesn't say anything about Medicare but it does say the bridging visa will come into effect when my substantive visa runs out?

So now I am just totally confused.. I thought I was on a bridging visa. I came here on a tourist visa, am I still on the tourist visa until it runs out? And once it has will I then be able to get Medicare once my Bridging visa takes effect?

Does anyone have experience with this?

Thank you so so much for your answers!

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Old 03-21-2014, 08:41 AM
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I'm not an expert on this, but from what I've been reading, you remain on your current visa, and when that runs out your bridging visa will kick in. Once you're on the bridging visa you should then be able to apply for Medicare.

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