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Old 01-19-2012, 09:42 AM
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Carer Visa- can one apply in Australia

Hello,

Is it possible to apply for a carer visa in Australia.

My mother is an Australian citizen and lives in Melbourne, she owns her house and is financially independent.
Speaking to her (mum) last night she informed me that she is considering going into some sort of care facility.

I have two siblings who live in Australia, unfortunately they are not able to take her into their homes or provide regular visits at my mothers home.

The question I am asking is it possible/advisable to enter Australia on a visitor visa (which I already have) and then apply for the Carer Visa when in Australia.

I am a UK citizen by birth, and have funds that will be used to support myself whilst in Australia.

Thanking you in advance, I am looking forward to your comments/suggestions.

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Old 01-19-2012, 10:06 AM
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You can apply onshore as long as your tourist visa is not a sponsored visitor visa.

Your mother must have a medical condition that requires you to be her carer. If she can afford to go into a care home it may be seen that it is not necessary for you to immigrate to look after her.

She would have to undergo a medical for them to assess the extent of her medical condition.

Have a look at www.immi.gov.au and search for carer visa.

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:31 AM
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whatnext,

Thank you for your response it is very much appreciated.

I am aware that a Medibank assessment is a requirement for applying for the carer visa. I understand from the Medibank web site, that this can be performed in advance of submitting an application for the carer visa.

Having trawled through the Immigration and Medibank web sites, I have not been able to find out how long the Medibank assessment certificate is valid for. Do you or anyone else know the answer?

Your thoughts on the following scenarios will be appreciated. (Assuming a successful outcome of the Medibank assessment)

1
Lodge the application (offshore) in my home country (England). I would still want to travel to Australia on an ETA, to provide help to my mother whilst the application is being processed.

2
Preferred option.
Enter Australia on an ETA, then start the onshore visa process as soon as it deemed feasible after arriving in Australia.

If scenario 2 is possible, will the fact that one has applied for a carer visa onshore allow me to stay in Australia for duration of the application process. Or will I still be bound be the original ETA length of stay requirements?

Thanks in advance for comments suggestions.

PS: I will post the above as a new post to broaden the responses, I hope you don't mind.


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Old 01-21-2012, 04:25 AM
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If you apply onshore you will be granted a bridging visa but there are a few things you need to be aware of.

You need to make sure your ETA does not come with a no further stay condition. If it does you cannot apply for any other visa onshore.

You need to make sure your ETA is not a sponsored visitors visa other wise you cannot apply onshore.

If you are eligible to apply onshore you will be granted the bridging visa apon application BUT the bridging visa will not kick in until your ETA expires.

When it does kick in it comes with the same conditions as your ETA. So you have to be prepared that you may not be able to work during the processing time which could be months.

You can apply to have those work restrictions lifted but there is no guarantee. Your mother must be able to show that she can support you for up to 2 years.

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