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Old 09-03-2013, 10:36 AM
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Medicare and when you can apply

Ok so it seems a few people are questioning the system about the medicare card and when you can apply for it, has anyone recently being granted it and under what stage did you receive it.
For example when a person applies ( not being granted) for the partner visa can this person apply for the medicare card.?

This link is the application form if anyone needs it;
http://www.kadmed.com.au/files/forms...pplication.pdf

Also this link tells you who can apply very interesting
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/cust...-medicare-card

this link has this section on the opening page
Eligibility for Medicare Card
Everyone who lives in Australia—excluding Norfolk Island residents—is eligible for a Medicare card if they:

(1) hold Australian citizenship
(2) hold New Zealand citizenship (documentation required)
(3) have been issued with a permanent visa
(4) have applied for a permanent visa (excludes an application for a parent visa—other requirements apply. Call us for more information).

so why is the medicare office not understanding number 4 on there website and refusing people who fall under this category?

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I understand that I can apply for Medicare as soon as I get my acknowledgement letter.
I will wait for my bv kicks in, just to make sure.

But yes, very good discussion, Louiseb. I wonder what the other experiences are as I have seen all kind of answers from Medicare :/

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this is why i made this thread as we dont have one particular to the medicare system, so many people are complaining that medicare themselves are refusing them the application until they have the actual visa in their hands. The website says as long as you have applied then you can apply for the M/C card, lets hope others will post there own experiences.

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Old 09-03-2013, 02:32 PM
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Hey Louise - we see over and over again here that people who have just *applied* for an 820 are able to apply for medicare. I can't even count the number of times people have posted that it's been done successfully... so obviously it's possible. Unfortunately you'll get an uninformed person at Medicare now and then... the best thing to do is generally just to ask for a supervisor. Hope that helps someone going through this!

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this is why i made this thread as we dont have one particular to the medicare system, so many people are complaining that medicare themselves are refusing them the application until they have the actual visa in their hands. The website says as long as you have applied then you can apply for the M/C card, lets hope others will post there own experiences.

Hi guys!!

How are you all?
So just to be clear, as soon as one applies for 820 Partner/Defacto Visa they are eligible to apply for Medicare?

Also had a question similar to the above; what about the 309 Partner (Provisional) Visa applicants. Obviously they have to wait till they get the visa approved to be eligible to apply for Medicare?

Look forward to your replies.
Thanks a lot for your help and time.

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Becky, it's my understanding, at least, that 820 applicants are eligible from the moment they apply for their 820, while 309 applicants are not eligible until after they are in Australia following their visa grant.

I do not know for CERTAIN that this is the case, but this seems to be what I have read around here.

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Becky, it's my understanding, at least, that 820 applicants are eligible from the moment they apply for their 820, while 309 applicants are not eligible until after they are in Australia following their visa grant.

I do not know for CERTAIN that this is the case, but this seems to be what I have read around here.
Hi CollegeGirl,

Thanks for your reply.
I think you are right. Because the offshore applicants have to wait for their visa grants to enter Australia they pretty much have no rights until the visa grant.

Thanks again.
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Well, my fiance and I put in our application for our 820 in the beginning of August, and as soon as I got my acknowledgement letter, I went down to Medicare and signed up. All they needed was the acknowledgement letter, and they gave me a paper with my Medicare number and a week or two later, I got a blue Medicare (interim) card.

Very easy, very convenient

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Its a simple process (At least was for me) I applied for medicare after i got my acknowledgement letter for my 820 - which was about a week or so.

1. Downloaded the form from the link below
Medicare enrolment application form (3101)
2. Filled in the form at home
3 . Walked in centrelink to the medicare section
4. Presented my ID documents (Passport, Visa, Acknowledgement letter for 820 / BVA grant notice)

5. The guy counter checked with the immigration database on his computer.
6. Then gave me a receipt with details for my medicare and told me the card will arrive in my mail box in about 3 weeks.
...........Thats all you need to do..........
Note : Its only for 12 months ,depending on the results of your visa application you will have to go through the same process (or it will changed automatically apparently they are working in such a system at the moment)...

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I successfully applied for medicare after receiving my receipt for my 820 visa application.

Didn't have any problems, gave me a slip of paper with my medicare number on it, then in a couple days my interim medicare card arrived. It's valid for a year, about a month ago I received my new interim card valid for another year. Easy as.


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