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esola 05-19-2013 01:09 PM

PMV: PCOS and Endometriosis!
 
Hello All,

I have been using this forum for lots of answers to my questions, but after having difficulties finding an answer to my major burning question (which I hope is a good sign!), I decided to sign up and post it myself.

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with PCOS or endometriosis when applying for the prospective marriage visa/the subsequent spouse visa? I have confirmed PCOS, but I'm currently suspecting endometriosis as well (both my mother and grandmother have it, so very likely) so I am going to have my GP get me a referral. However, I am getting quite nervous about how these conditions will affect the medical for my visa applications. I'm not receiving any treatment at all for the PCOS, I'm managing it myself through diet and exercise and so far, any notable cysts that I've had have gone away on their own as shown by follow-up ultrasounds.

If anyone knows anything that can help me calm down about this, that'd be great. I'm not applying for the PMV for another few months, but I'm already worrying because I would be absolutely gutted if it meant I can't move to Oz to start my life with my fiance.

Thanks guys!

Esola

jmcd16 05-19-2013 01:43 PM

I would suggest pinging CollegeGirl. I know she has some experience preparing her PMV in the face of a possible rejection on medical grounds. She has done some serious research and I'm pretty sure she found an agent who specializes in these types of cases.
I don't know that PCOS will be a problem or not. It has to do with their projected medical costs for you. There is a possibility it won't be a problem, or they may let you sign a waiver and you'll have to get private health care. Your visa will probably take an extra 4 months to assess too.
Definitely private message Collegegirl. She has tons of info on this.

esola 05-19-2013 01:49 PM

Hey,

Will definitely send her a message, thanks for the advice!

esola 05-19-2013 02:19 PM

Oh dear, it seems that since I'm a new member I can't send private messages... Sigh.

Well, meanwhile, does anyone else have any experience with this issue?

By the way, my partner noted that since I'm Swedish and our governments have reciprocal healthcare agreements (meaning I get to use medicare just like any other Australian), he doesn't think it should be an issue. Although unfortunately, I highly doubt this comes into play here... Or?

CollegeGirl 05-19-2013 07:05 PM

Don't worry, I found your thread! :) No need to message me.

I really wouldn't worry. Your medicals might be referred, as jmcd said (adding another four months to your wait time), but (to the best of my knowledge... I'm definitely not a doctor or a migration agent!) PCOS and endometriosis are likely not serious enough conditions for you to have to worry. People who get rejected usually have much more costly ande serious conditions, like the need for a kidney transplant/dialysis, a history of cancer, lupus, etc. What they're looking for is a potential cost of treatment of $35,000 over five years. PCOS treatment doesn't generally run anything close to that, to the best of my knowledge. So don't worry! :) If by some weird combination of circumstances they do deny you based on medical grounds, you could always then enlist the help of a migration agent who specializes in medical cases, like George Lombard.

esola 05-19-2013 07:30 PM

Hi CollegeGirl,

Thank you so much! Regarding the treatment cost, that's what I thought pretty much but anxiety usually gets the better of me.. This entire visa thing costs so much money, so it is a bit daunting and I'm going to do it without an agent because quite frankly, I can't afford one (unless I run into issues, like you said, in which case I'll just have to suck it up). But anyway, as far as I know there isn't any notable treatment for PCOS anyway, apart from some pills here and there, and endometriosis is surprisingly common, it would be odd to reject based on that... Alright, I definitely feel better now. Thanks for the reply! :)

CollegeGirl 05-19-2013 07:38 PM

You are so welcome! Once you have a few more posts under your belt you'll be able to private message - feel free to message me anytime you get anxious/have questions about medical stuff, since that's exactly what I'm going through myself right now. Happy to help however I can!

esola 05-19-2013 07:42 PM

Thanks! :)

By the way just an extra question: We are planning on getting married in April 2015, so I don't want to visa granted until late August/preferably September 2014. Because of the whole PCOS situation I want to apply fairly early to ensure the authorities have enough time to process it all (I'm based in London and from what I've seen in the most recent threads, the current processing time is 8-9 months), but my fear is what if it gets granted too early? Will they take into account that the wedding date is in April 2015, and thus grant the visa in the 9 month time frame? Thanks!

CollegeGirl 05-19-2013 08:39 PM

Unfortunately there's no way to reliably predict when they'll grant it. I've never heard of them delaying an application because of a further-out wedding date, though. What my fiance and I are doing is planning a small civil ceremony there in Sydney, and then we'll start planning for a big wedding back home a year later. It's just too impossible to plan a big blow-out wedding when you have no way to know for sure when you're going to be able to marry.

esola 05-19-2013 08:48 PM

I suppose so, it's starting to look more and more like a small ceremony in Sydney will have to be the way to go, and then a bigger wedding in Sweden. We had our hearts set on a wedding in Sweden, it's just a shame to sacrifice these kind of things... makes it all feel very unromantic. But on the other hand, I'd much rather make alternative wedding arrangements and have the visa go well/launch my partner visa without issues than the alternative. It's worth the sacrifice, I just can't wait to settle down with my love.


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