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Hi everyone,

My partner is Brazilian and we submitted our 820/801 application in October 2017. His current student visa will expire in June this year. Do we have to do anything at that time for the bridging visa to come into effect or is it automatic?

Also, whilst on the student visa he pays for health insurance, once he goes onto the bridging visa is he entitled to medicare if he gets sick or do we still maintain the private health insurance?

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Elisabeth
 

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If you have the bridging visa grant, then it will just go into effect if he is still onshore when the student visa expires.

He has been eligible for Medicare since the 820/801 application was made in October. Eligibility is based on making a permanent visa application (which the 801 part of the 820/801 application is) and has nothing to do with the BVA being in effect or not.

It is your choice to have private health insurance on top of Medicare or just have Medicare.
 
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