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Old 06-16-2014, 09:38 AM
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Hi guys.
My girlfriend soon to be wife is pregnant.
We are in Australia.
We are soon going to apply for the marriage visa.
She is from Korea...


She is now on a bridging visa E

Our agent said even after applying for a partner visa she wont be eligible for medicare.
What are some health insurance alternatives?
She said she would feel more comfortable having the baby in Korea as she is familiar with the whole system and what have you.
Then the baby wouldnt be an australian citizen....
Anyhow some thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 06-16-2014, 09:56 AM
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I can't comment on Medicare or health insurance. But why wouldn't the baby be eligible for Australian citizenship? Your Australian aren't you?

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Old 06-16-2014, 10:46 AM
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yes i am. I just presumed if the baby isnt born in Australia then he/she wont be an Australian citizen.
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Can anyone tell me why she wont be eligible for medicare after we apply for our partner visa?

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Because she's on a Bridging Visa E is why, I'd imagine. There are lots of nasty consequences to that particular Bridging Visa since it means she was illegally in the country for a period of time. It's the worst of any of them. I might double-check with Medicare (talk to a few people, not just one, as one can be wrong) though, to see, as I'm not entirely sure about Medicare eligibility on a BVE.

It might be really hard to find insurance to help you here. Most policies I've seen here in Aus have a year-long waiting period for obstetric care, etc.

However, some good news for you - assuming you are an Aussie CITIZEN and not an Aussie PR, it doesn't matter where in the world the baby is born - he/she will be eligible for citizenship by descent. It's only when neither of the parents is a citizen, and at least one is a PR, that it matters where the baby is born. The child of a parent with PR would be a citizen if born in Aus, but not eligible if born outside Aus.

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Old 06-16-2014, 12:14 PM
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You can read more about citizenship by descent here: Australian Citizenship – Descent

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Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
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Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
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Thank you.
Will she be able to travel after we apply for the partner visa?


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Old 06-16-2014, 12:56 PM
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unfortunately, if she is on BV E, she won't be able to travel or travel but won't be able to come back in.

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Old 06-16-2014, 03:25 PM
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As GBP said, no she won't. That's the price you pay for the BVE. If she leaves the country before the grant of her partner visa, she'll in all likelihood end up with a 3-year ban for applying for any other visas - which can make it exceptionally difficult (or impossible) to get back into the country to get the 820 granted. That could mean she'd have to apply offshore instead and completely lose the fee you paid for the onshore partner visa. Not to mention the fact she'd start over from scratch with processing time.

This is why we always really try to encourage people not to end up on a BVE to start with if it can be avoided - they're really problematic. No work rights, no travel rights, and time in the country prior to it no longer counts towards citizenship.

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Applied: End of April 2014.
Visa Granted: Early July 2014.
Visa #3: 801 (PR)
Eligibility Date: End of April 2016 (Applied a month prior).
PR Granted: Early April 2017.

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Old 06-16-2014, 09:48 PM
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My partner was granted Medicare and she is on BVE until a decision is made about 801/820 visa.
So you can get Medicare, you need to apply for work restrictions to be lifted which is done under hardship provisions
Again something my partner did

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