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This is a question many of our clients ask, and we understand it is important to assist you and your family. Your Australian Migration Lawyer can also provide guidance on how your status may impact your entitlements.
Absolutely you can access Medicare by proving you live in Australia. Australian citizens only have to re-enrol in Medicare if you have lived overseas for more than 5 years and Australian permanent residents need to re-enrol if they lived overseas for more than 12 months.
Normally, you can enjoy Medicare benefits once your parent visa is granted. However, there are some exceptions where you may be eligible to enrol in Medicare while your application is assessed. These exceptions apply to applicants who:
Note: RHCA countries include Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
This category includes applicants of combined partner visas (subclass 309/100 or 820/801).
You can apply to Medicare from:
To be eligible for Medicare, you must meet one of these requirements:
Note: you can stay enrolled in Medicare in the circumstances where your permanent resident application fails, and you lodge an appeal.
You can register on Medicare on the date you have a valid temporary visa (covered by one of these Ministerial Orders):
You are entitled to enrol in Medicare on the date you arrive in Australia if you meet the criteria.
You can check your eligibility by visiting this link.
You can enrol in Medicare any time in the 6 months after your first arrival if you:
Note: If you are citizen/permanent resident of Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island or Lord Howe Island, you are also entitled to Medicare.
If you are interested in moving to Australia, get in touch with Australian Migration Lawyers for a free consultation.