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The same person I was just talking about fits that criteria... Kttykat. She and I are both from the US.

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Thanks CG, any tips on what I can say to them? I have tried to tell them about the operational notices side of Medicare website, but to no avail.


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I'd suggest sending a private message to Kttykat (her username is spelled like that). She doesn't log on very often now (she has a little one now) but if you private message her she might get an email notification and answer you. If not, hopefully someone else who's been through it on a 309 will chime in here.

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From the Medicare application form http://www.humanservices.gov.au/spw/...101-1306en.pdf

Applying for permanent residency
People who have applied for a permanent resident visa (except for
a parent visa) may be eligible for the Medicare and Pharmaceutical
Benefits Scheme programs if they have a visa authorising their stay in
Australia and:
have permission to work, or
their parent, spouse or child is an Australian citizen or holds an
Australian permanent resident visa.
Documents required
current passport or travel document for each person being
enrolled
valid visa or original visa grant letter for each person being
enrolled

where the applicants do not have permission to work, it is
necessary to provide proof of their relationship with a spouse,
parent or child who is an Australian citizen or an Australian
permanent resident visa holder.

Receipt from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
when you paid to apply for permanent residency may be required.
Information about visas, applications and receipts, will be accepted if
on letterhead or by email from DIAC and addressed to the applicant or
registered migration agent.

Note: People travelling on a visa subclass 309 or 310 only need to provide their passport and visa. (That is if you already have the 309, otherwise you need proof of your partner's status)


So, if you have applied for a 309 and your partner is an Australian citizen or PR and you are IN AUSTRALIA on any other visa, then you are allowed to apply for Medicare.
I suggest if you have trouble with ignorant people at the counter that you print out their own form and show it to them!!!

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When we applied, we took in our marriage certificate, my husbands birth certificate, his Medicare card, our passports, the acknowledgement letter for the 309 application, my ETA approval print out and attitude!!

The girl at the counter was uncertain at first but we made it clear that they do give Medicare cards in cases like ours and she checked with their head office and confirmed that what we were telling her was correct.

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Thanks kittykat, I tried that, had all information, only difference is that we are not married, but living in a defacto relationship (proof of address and lease was provided).

The lovely lady then rang the hotline number, but they said nooooooo.

On my second phone call to them, they said the word MAY be eligible....


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Thanks kittykat, I tried that, had all information, only difference is that we are not married, but living in a defacto relationship (proof of address and lease was provided).

The lovely lady then rang the hotline number, but they said nooooooo.

On my second phone call to them, they said the word MAY be eligible....
Is your relationship registered? If you can register your relationship that should be proof enough. Also I would argue, that you have applied for a PARTNER visa, the partner on your application should be what counts!

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I really don't know why so many people choose to be de facto rather than getting married. In Australia you are just as legally bound as if you were married. You can have a court wedding if it is for religious reasons that you don't want to marry so other than changing your surname, which I don't think you are obliged to do if married, I really don't see the point....

You have decided to make a life together, then why not get married? and it just makes it easier when you go to deal with official authorities if you fit in their box. I understand de facto for same sex couples as they usually don't have the marriage option.

Just my view on the topic, I don't see de facto as any different to married as such. If you are de facto because you want to wait to marry when it suits you then fine. If you don't want to marry because you are not ready to commit then that is a problem, since de facto is a commitment to a type of marriage anyway!

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Hahaha, good point on defacto, I have only just been divorced, and yes you are right that defacto couples have the same rights in this country.

Yes I do want to get married to my current partner, but in personally didn't want to be dictated to by DIAC on time frames.

I will get married when we can afford it, as currently my partner needs to re-enter the country every 3 months until a decision has been made.

I am hoping that we are in the last stages now, having applied last year, and just completing our interviews. We have been asked to provide Australian police report now, so I hope this might be her last time to depart, other than to activate her 309.

With Medicare, it's not the fact that they are saying we are not in a relationship together, it's the fact that she is here on a 600 tourist visa. They did not want to view any information supplied, and when queried / argued on the phone, I am told that the web page and application form is incorrect.


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