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Old 10-12-2013, 12:11 PM
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Ok guys i just went and got my medicare card yehhhhhh. I applied for the partner visa ( 2nd stage of the PMV) and received the acknowledged letter from the DIAC. I took this in with my passport and was given a piece of paper with a number and my name on it. This is the temporary medicare card. The good lady told me that i go with this whenever i want to use a DR, the card or should i say the piece of paper is valid for 12 months, if i dont receive an answer within the 12 months then all i do is go in and she will print out another one until i receive a decision from DIAC. Once i receive an answer they will issue me with another plastic card, also i was informed that if they do accept my application then i can register on my husbands medicare card. As long as you have the Acknowledgement letter and your passport then there is no problem.

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Hi Louiseb,

What visa are you currently on?
Is it still the PMV or did you apply for the Bridging Visa A? Or neither?

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Hello,

I received my interim card and it was only until 01/12/2013.
Should I just continue using this card or should I just apply a new one since I have received my grant anyway?
I would actually like to have a Medicare card that has my name as well as my future husband.
Or should I just wait til we are officially married and apply for a new one, with my new name?


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Hi Louiseb,

What visa are you currently on?
Is it still the PMV or did you apply for the Bridging Visa A? Or neither?

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You're already married, so your case is different, obviously, as you can't apply for a PMV.

But with the PMV, if you apply well before the expiration of your PMV, you'd be on the PMV while awaiting the approval of the 820. With PMV to 820 applications, though, it generally only takes a couple of weeks as DIBP has already assessed the applicants as genuine and things like medicals and police checks generally don't need to be redone.

If you wait until the last minute to marry and apply right at the END of the PMV, you'd be on the Bridging Visa A for a couple of weeks until the 820 was approved.

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You're already married, so your case is different, obviously, as you can't apply for a PMV.

But with the PMV, if you apply well before the expiration of your PMV, you'd be on the PMV while awaiting the approval of the 820. With PMV to 820 applications, though, it generally only takes a couple of weeks as DIBP has already assessed the applicants as genuine and things like medicals and police checks generally don't need to be redone.

If you wait until the last minute to marry and apply right at the END of the PMV, you'd be on the Bridging Visa A for a couple of weeks until the 820 was approved.
I understand.

I'm just sussing out the types of visas people were on when they actually applied for medicare to gather an understanding of whether medicare will be granted to someone who has applied for 820 and is on a student visa or a tourist visa or whv or whatever other visas people are on.

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You can apply for a medicare card on visa 309 application. I was told it was not possible after arguing with medicare in Hobart for an hour, who told me that they rang the national centre and it was not possible. However, on calling medicare's national number they told me 'of course you can...' You have to be prepared to argue with these people, they really don't know their jobs.

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EXACTLY VP.....too many here just believe what they read....get the facts right by jus getting off your bum and go to medicare...

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EXACTLY VP.....too many here just believe what they read....get the facts right by jus getting off your bum and go to medicare...
So do you know what visa one should be on when getting the medicare card or having just applied for a 820 or 309 is enough?

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Good afternoon,

Medicare eligibility arises at the time a permanent visa application is lodged. This applies for nearly all permanent visa applications (except parent visas). In addition, Medicare must be able to see that you either have permission to work, OR that your parent, partner or child is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

As such, all partner visa applicants are eligible for Medicare, even if you are on a temporary visa or unlawful at the time of application (as you will automatically be granted a Bridging Visa C or E upon lodgement so you do have a valid visa allowing you to remain).

Situations where the permission to work part of the test is relevant include, for example, a Hungarian client of mine who has applied for an onshore carer visa in order to remain in Australia to look after his grandmother. He was an an ETA at the time of application and therefore did not automatically have permission to work, and his partner/parent etc was not an Australian citizen.

With all onshore Other Family applications and Perth processing centre generally, the permission to work application was a difficult one (they are extremely strict) - and so there was a few weeks delay before we could obtain permission to work. In the interim my client was not eligible for Medicare.

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Hi All,

I had been away from the site for a bit and just noticed this thread.

I got my Medicare card whilst here on an ETA!!! after applying for a 309 partner visa but BEFORE it was granted. The woman at the Medicare office wasn't sure at all at first but I had done my homework and had all the paperwork she needed. I am married to an Australian Citizen and took in evidence of his citizenship and our marriage and all I had was a letter of email acknowledgement of our application at the time. I was issued with a 1 year interim card and was told that they will be reissued as interim until I get my PR 100.

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With regards to Medicare eligibility for those on student visas:

I have just spoken to a Medicare officer (rang their national number) and asked specifically about eligibility for people who are currently on a student visa and have submitted an 801/820 Partner visa - they are eligible!

The current visa just needs to be valid, the application needs to be acknowledged by DIAC, and you need to be able to prove either that you have permission to work or that you have a relationship to an Australian citizen (which you no doubt would be able to if you've managed to submit an 801 application).

Some other info regarding when you could get the medicare number necessary to obtain the benefits - depending on your exact personal circumstances you may get a number issued immediately (e.g. if you are from a country with a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia) or you may have to wait for a few days while your application is processed (what I was told by the Medicare officer).

Touch wood that is all true and correct because I'm lodging an application tomorrow morning - I will post an update after that's done.

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