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Hi Ramasharma
I haven't seen many grants here lately, that's why it's great to see a few more putting details and joining us in this waiting room. I'm not sure which month is being processed, but there are so many variables in these assessments that one never knows. Some are quicker, but most seem to take a bit longer than expected. If you have a look back through this thread you'll get the idea. Please keep us up-to-date with any contacts and developments. You never know who you will be helping. Thanks and cheers... Hope you both can get together at weekends... ;)

Thanks Dinkum,

Does anyone know application from which month are being processed now? Or someone from 2013 who received their visa?

Patience is a virtue! This wait it getting frustrating as my partner and I live in different cities as his visa is tied to his employer (457) and we have jobs in different cities :(
 

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Guys, I must've missed something while reading about the 820 application. On the previous page you've been discussing getting your medicare with just the BVA being granted upon lodgement of the application. Does that guarantee Medicare access to every applicant? If yes, that's great news. Also, as far as I know, once the BVA is granted you are still obliged to obey the conditions of your current visa unless expired, in which case the BVA kicks in. But on top of that, you would also be able to access Medicare even though your current visa might still be valid?
 

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Hi Bay56
Here is the current Medicare enrolment form -
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/spw/customer/forms/resources/3101-1306en.pdf
The form shows the eligibility details pretty clearly. We got our Medicare card soon after lodging our 820/801 application. It was after the BVA had been granted but well before it became effective. Medicare asked for the email/letter acknowledging lodgment and showing the grant date of the BVA. We got a Medicare card fairly easily and quickly while my partner was still covered by a student visa, but before the BVA kicked in. Hope this helps. Cheers... :)

Guys, I must've missed something while reading about the 820 application. On the previous page you've been discussing getting your medicare with just the BVA being granted upon lodgement of the application. Does that guarantee Medicare access to every applicant? If yes, that's great news. Also, as far as I know, once the BVA is granted you are still obliged to obey the conditions of your current visa unless expired, in which case the BVA kicks in. But on top of that, you would also be able to access Medicare even though your current visa might still be valid?
 

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Hi Bay56
Here is the current Medicare enrolment form -
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/spw/customer/forms/resources/3101-1306en.pdf
The form shows the eligibility details pretty clearly. We got our Medicare card soon after lodging our 820/801 application. It was after the BVA had been granted but well before it became effective. Medicare asked for the email/letter acknowledging lodgment and showing the grant date of the BVA. We got a Medicare card fairly easily and quickly while my partner was still covered by a student visa, but before the BVA kicked in. Hope this helps. Cheers... :)
Legend, thanks a lot. As soon as I apply for my 820 I will do this. I'm really tired of forking out $70 or each time so for a GP to tell my I've got a cough and that he will provide me with a med cert.
 

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If you live near bigger population centers like the Sydney CBD there are lots of very good bulk-billing doctors to help you out. We have one about 5 minutes from home. Make sure you get your flu-vax too... cheers... :)

Legend, thanks a lot. As soon as I apply for my 820 I will do this. I'm really tired of forking out $70 or each time so for a GP to tell my I've got a cough and that he will provide me with a med cert.
 

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Hi Dinkum,
Thanks for the information. And yes I will surely keep you all posted.
-ramyasharma

Hi Ramasharma
I haven't seen many grants here lately, that's why it's great to see a few more putting details and joining us in this waiting room. I'm not sure which month is being processed, but there are so many variables in these assessments that one never knows. Some are quicker, but most seem to take a bit longer than expected. If you have a look back through this thread you'll get the idea. Please keep us up-to-date with any contacts and developments. You never know who you will be helping. Thanks and cheers... Hope you both can get together at weekends... ;)
 

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Hi Gerrywins

Good to hear that your coverd now, your Medicare gonna be only for one year- make sure before it expires to get new one again.
Mine was expired and I havn't noticed. I went to Dr regarding urgent matter and I had to PAY. Don't do the same bro.

You don't have to wait till you get the actual card in your hand to be able to builkbill - call Medicare and they will provide you temepary NO you can give to the receptionist in any clinic she will let you in till you get the actual card.

Good luck with the wait
Hi mrezk,

In my case, Medicare sent me a replacement card (good for another year) a month before expiration of my first card even without me contacting them.
 

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Does anyone know application from which month are being processed now? Or someone from 2013 who received their visa?
Just posted in the main forum - got notification last night, very happy :)

I lodged mine in October 2013 but my circumstances may be different from yours. See my post.

I already have Medicare so that's not an issue. I can get "proper" PHI now though rather than visitors cover.
 

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Congratulations troels. That's great news indeed!

My husband has been here on 457 for 1 year now, and I also went through an agent, with proofs spanning over 10 years! (We have known each other that long!).

What country are you from? And did you file a decision ready application?

Congratulations once again :) It must be such a relief!

Just posted in the main forum - got notification last night, very happy :)

I lodged mine in October 2013 but my circumstances may be different from yours. See my post.

I already have Medicare so that's not an issue. I can get "proper" PHI now though rather than visitors cover.
 

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Hi Troels - Wonderful news, congratulations. Six months seems quicker than most. Did you apply through Sydney or? What country are you from? Low risk? Any more details you can share would be very welcome. Enjoy your life together in Oz. Cheers and good luck... :)

Just posted in the main forum - got notification last night, very happy :)

I lodged mine in October 2013 but my circumstances may be different from yours. See my post.

I already have Medicare so that's not an issue. I can get "proper" PHI now though rather than visitors cover.
 

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Estimated processing time confusion/medicare

Hello all,

My wife is Aussie (married in Sydney Nov. of 2013) and our relationship started officially about 2 and half years ago. I spent a year in OZ on a working holiday visa 2012, returned stateside for a few months before coming back to OZ on a 457 visa in July of 2013. My wife has also made a number of trips to be with me in the States when I was there. I left my job with my sponsored employer a few months ago, but applied for an the onshore 820 visa (decision ready) during the first week of Feb this year.

When I applied for the 820 online in Feb. It was when the application system had recently switched over to allow online apps. (I remember getting things ready to mail off and then realized I could just submit them online and it was a surprise.) At the time when I applied online there was an estimated processing time table that showed for low risk countries that the waiting time was 5-6 months (This was very clear). However another page estimated 13 months but it was not as up to date as the time table showing 5-6 months. I remember most of 2013 when looking at this visa that the wait times were up to 18 months..... Sometime around March/April the times were updated to up to 13 months again. Which the current estimated time now shows I believe.

I want to know if any others applied during the time the 5-6 month time table was posted and if they expect their visa in 5-6 months or in the amount of time now showing 13 months. We no kids no dependents and our app is as straightforward as can be. I am eager to get this visa out of the way and its torture not knowing if I am likely going to have this visa in couple months or if I am still a year off... We are in Sydney and am not sure what office online applications go to.

Also, I did not think I would be eligible for Medicare, but from reading other posts I am realizing I probably am. I had bridging visa A granted but am still on the 457 because it has not been canceled and does not expire on its own until 2017. Any comments? I think I will try and get a medicare card soon.

Your feedback is appreciated guys! Cheers
 

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Hi Expatin
The average waiting time still appears to be 12-15 months. See this link
Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801)
Some are a bit faster, but it's probably wise to prepare for a long wait.
I would certainly apply for Medicare without delay. Cheers and best wishes to you both. :)

Hello all,

My wife is Aussie (married in Sydney Nov. of 2013) and our relationship started officially about 2 and half years ago. I spent a year in OZ on a working holiday visa 2012, returned stateside for a few months before coming back to OZ on a 457 visa in July of 2013. My wife has also made a number of trips to be with me in the States when I was there. I left my job with my sponsored employer a few months ago, but applied for an the onshore 820 visa (decision ready) during the first week of Feb this year.

When I applied for the 820 online in Feb. It was when the application system had recently switched over to allow online apps. (I remember getting things ready to mail off and then realized I could just submit them online and it was a surprise.) At the time when I applied online there was an estimated processing time table that showed for low risk countries that the waiting time was 5-6 months (This was very clear). However another page estimated 13 months but it was not as up to date as the time table showing 5-6 months. I remember most of 2013 when looking at this visa that the wait times were up to 18 months..... Sometime around March/April the times were updated to up to 13 months again. Which the current estimated time now shows I believe.

I want to know if any others applied during the time the 5-6 month time table was posted and if they expect their visa in 5-6 months or in the amount of time now showing 13 months. We no kids no dependents and our app is as straightforward as can be. I am eager to get this visa out of the way and its torture not knowing if I am likely going to have this visa in couple months or if I am still a year off... We are in Sydney and am not sure what office online applications go to.

Also, I did not think I would be eligible for Medicare, but from reading other posts I am realizing I probably am. I had bridging visa A granted but am still on the 457 because it has not been canceled and does not expire on its own until 2017. Any comments? I think I will try and get a medicare card soon.

Your feedback is appreciated guys! Cheers
 

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Thanks Dinkum!

Right, I know the waiting time is 12-15 months now. But, when I applied and my bridging visa A was granted the estimated time was 5-6 months. This is why it is very confusing, I am hoping to find some other that noticed the same thing
 

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This link gives the 'processing standards' (rarely met it seems)
Family Visa Processing Times
This confused me too until the wonderful College Girl directed me to the first link I gave you. Both time periods in these links have been unchanged for many months now, well before your application. Hope this helps... unless there another link someone can provide. Cheers always ...

Thanks Dinkum!

Right, I know the waiting time is 12-15 months now. But, when I applied and my bridging visa A was granted the estimated time was 5-6 months. This is why it is very confusing, I am hoping to find some other that noticed the same thing
 

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Here is the link with the time table. You will see the date at the bottom of the page saying this was updated in Feb (when my app was submitted)... again very confusing!

.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/5.0.htm]Family[/url] Visa Processing Times

you have to type the h ttp://www part because the forum will not let me post links yet
 

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Hi Expatin
Thanks. That is the same link I put in my last post. Both the 'processing standards' page and the 'average processing times' pages are regularly updated. But the 'number of months' they actually show seems to have been static for ages. It is confusing, but others (more expert than I on this forum) advise us that the longer 'average processing times' link is more realistic. Cheers

Here is the link with the time table. You will see the date at the bottom of the page saying this was updated in Feb (when my app was submitted)... again very confusing!

.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/5.0.htm]Family[/url] Visa Processing Times

you have to type the h ttp://www part because the forum will not let me post links yet
 

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When I use this link it shows me a different table from what you are talking about. I realize your point about the longer estimated times being the most realistic so I will be prepared for the longest wait possible! Still sort of crazy how unorganized immigration can be with so many different confusing signals and contradictions!

Here is the link again maybe I included the wrong one above. Also again the site is not letting me paste links yet so you have to type the h ttp://www

.immi.gov.au/about/charters/client-services-charter/visas/5.0.htm
 
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