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Medicare eligibility

The Australian Government has arranged Reciprocal Health Care Agreements for citizens of the following countries that can receive Medicare benefits whilst holding a valid temporary visa:

●  the United Kingdom – the Medicare ends on the day your visa expires
●  the Republic of Ireland – the Medicare ends on the day your visa expires
●  New Zealand,
●  Sweden – the Medicare ends on the day your visa expires
●  the Netherlands – the Medicare ends on the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier
●  Finland – the Medicare ends on the day your visa expires
●  Belgium – the Medicare ends on the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier
●  Norway – the Medicare ends on the day your visa expires
●  Slovenia – the Medicare ends on the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier
●  Malta – the Medicare ends after 6 months, the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier
●  Italy – the Medicare ends after 6 months, the day your European Health Insurance Card expires, or the day your visa expires if earlier

According to the Department Of Human Services, you are eligible to apply for Medicare if you live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency.

You may be able to get a Medicare card if you live in Australia and have applied for
●  apermanent residency visa, excluding parent visas, or
●  permanent protection visa

You must:
●  be on a visa allowing you to work, or
●  prove your parent, spouse or child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia

This includes if you’ve applied for a combined spouse visa 309/100 or 820/801.

Recently I noticed that after the lodgment of combined 820/801 visa applications, we receive an acknowledgment letter only for a first stage (TR) and this may be an issue when applying for the Medicare. This seems to be a new Departmental approach dealing with prolonged processing times.

My advice is to request an acknowledgement for the combined visa application accordingly or provide the copies of the screenshot of the Immi account showing that combined application was made and the lodgment summary.

You are eligible for Medicare from the date you applied for permanent residency. For more information, please see: https://www.humanservices.gov.au