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Permanent Residency with a medical condition?

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Old 12-10-2014, 11:04 PM
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I am currently a de facto partner on a 457 visa in Australia. We have been here since August 2013. We are aware that once we have been here for 2 years, by August 2015, that we can apply for permanent residency, which is something we both want to do.

Unfortunately over the past year I have been diagnosed with a pretty horrible medical condition, possibly terminal, but as we both love the country and lifestyle here so much, I want to stay here, even if things do go downhill.

As my partner wants to apply for PR as soon as we are able to, I just wondered if my medical condition will affect our application as I expect there will be medicals required for permanent residency. Realistically, my assumption is why would the Australian government want to accept an application for someone who may cost them money through Medicare.

Any info or advice would be welcomed as we don't want to waste money applying for PR that I assume we would lose should the applications be rejected. We haven't looked into it much yet so just wanted to check this now at this stage, well in advance.

Worst comes to worst we have a 4 year 457 visa but the downside is that my partner is keen to change careers but can't do so until we have PR.

Look forward to any advice that can be provided.

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Old 12-11-2014, 12:28 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. The impact on your PR application will largely depend on the cost impact of medical treatment because, as you've said, Australia isn't willing to impose a high cost onto the tax-payer funded medical system. The 186 Transition Stream comes with the possibility of a health waiver, but I think that then requires the employer to agree to foot the bill, which many employers may be reluctant to do.

If you do want to go for PR, I'd suggest you work with a migration agent who specialises in medical issues - George Lombard and Peter Bollard are the two agents always recommended for these types of cases. If I were you, I'd arrange an initial consultation with one of them to get some advance information on what it would take to submit a good/solid application, any advice whether it's better to apply sooner vs. later (there's a direct entry stream if he can qualify and the employer is willing to sponsor earlier).

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