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