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Hello,

I am AU citizen living in the USA with my US citizen wife (8 years). We are looking to move back to OZ to look after my aging parents but am concerned my wife may fail the health assessment due to having arthritis that requires an expensive medicine every 6 weeks. While I would expect she might be declined a PR based on the cost to the Oz system we are wondering if the fact we will be taking care of my parents could likely mitigate this situation (thus saving the Oz system the cost of my parents). Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this type of thing or if this is the sort of thing we should engage a attorney to help with.

Hoping that the system doesn't force me to abandon my parents care (both AU citizens) at the time when we can both be useful to them :p

Any advice appreciated
 

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The health criteria are one of the most complex areas of migration law.

From what you have posted, it will come down to a question of the likely lifetime cost of medication and treatment. To assess this you will need to obtain a specialist's report in a format that addresses specific legal issues.

If partner cases where a visa applicant fails to meet the applicable health criteria a health is waiver available, if the costs are not undue in all the circumstances of the case.

For correct advice, you should consult a registered migration agent in Australia.
 
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