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So I went to Medicare yesterday as I have already lodged my 820/801 application and got my bridging visa granted at the same time however BV is still not active.

They refused my application because my BV is not active. As per my understanding, as soon as I lodged my partner visa, I am already eligible, regardless if the BV is active or not. Can someone please shed light on this?
 

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Well... you're substantial visa that is currently active is probably a Tourist/Visitor Visa.

And those on such a visa are not covered by medicare.

Then again, the DHS says otherwise..

If you live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency
You may be able to get a Medicare card if you live in Australia and have applied for a:

permanent residency visa, excluding parent visas, or
permanent protection visa
You must:

be on a visa allowing you to work, or
prove your parent, spouse or child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
This includes if you've applied for a combined spouse visa 309/100 or 820/801.
My current visa is 300 with full work/study rights.
 

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Eligibility of Medicare has nothing to do with Bridging Visas.

Yes, ask for a supervisor or try another branch.
Thanks Westley and ampk. Will definitely go to a different branch.
 

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Hi All, I just want to give an update.

The initial Medicare branch I've been to was in Newcastle, NSW, which refused my application. When we moved to Sydney in Jan 2019, I went to Medicare in Sydney and they've issued my card.

So, bridging visa status does not have anything to do with Medicare eligibility.
 
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