I have not posted in this forum for a few years but I just wanted to raise awareness to a situation that we have just experienced.
We arrived in Adelaide 5 years ago on a temporary working visa (457) sponsored by my husbands employer (BAE Systems).
After 5 years of being here BAE Systems (Australia) offered my husband a permanent position and therefore we required to apply for Permanent Residency.
Our application was sponsored by my husband employer but unfortunately our initial application for residency was refused due to the fact that our 4 year old son did not meet the financial criteria due to the fact that he is Autistic. Immigration claimed that for the next 5 years it would cost the governments $225k to support my son! We were then requested to apply for a health waiver to support our application.
My son is at the high functioning end of the Autism Spectrum and therefore will require minimal support during his schooling and therefore the figure $225K (Government standard figure) was not representative our son's condition or the care that he will require.
To cut a long story short we were required to provided a number of specialist report for our son and statements of financial worth to contribute to our Health Waiver Application. After a further 3 month our application was finally approved. I don't want to scare people in a similar situation but just want to make people away of the potential impact of your application if you or a family member has a disability.
I hope this helps someone has a better understanding of the process and issues.